A couple of weeks ago on March 7, 2018 Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty of CHVRCHES stopped by Power Station in New York City for a special acoustic session on the Honda Stage in collaboration with iHeartRadio. Until now we had no further details but all we can say is breathtaking! Watch performances below of “Get Out”, “The Mother We Share” and a cover of “XO” by Beyonce.
CHVRCHES’ hit single “The Mother We Share” will be featured in the music mixing game DropMix due out this September from Harmonix and Hasbro. Details from Harmonix call DropMix, “a fast-paced music mixing game where players create one of a kind mixes by playing cards featuring hit songs from award-winning artists.” Click here to learn more about this exciting new music game and watch the official trailer below.
A new music puzzle game called Chime Sharp, the sequel to 2010’s Chime features the song Science/Visions by CHVRCHES! For a closer look at the gameplay of this Tetris styled video game take a look at the early access trailer followed by a stirring live performance of Science/Visions in the videos below. Originally only available on Steam last year, the game can now be purchased on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
CHVRCHES will be reissuing their ever popular single “The Mother We Share” on 12” vinyl due out in select UK record stores next Friday, October 14, 2016. We have dubbed this the mystery vinyl as there has yet to be an official announcement from the band or their record label and when we inquired with the band directly at a recent meet and greet they too were unaware of this reissue at the time.
The original 10” pressing of this single on vinyl is widely considered the most coveted by fans of CHVRCHES so now is your opportunity to pick up a copy of this limited-edition reissue. The reissue includes the track list below. Total pressing numbers are not available at this time.
I. The Mother We Share
II. The Mother We Share (Blood Diamonds remix)
III. The Mother We Share (Kowton Feeling Fragile remix)
I. It's Not Right But It's Okay
II. Tether (Junior Sanchez remix)
Newbury Comics will reissue exclusive newly colored vinyl for both CHVRCHES albums. The Bones Of What You Believe will be pressed on blue vinyl while Every Open Eye by will be pressed on 180-gram pink vinyl. Both reissues due out August 26, 2016 are limited to 750 pieces and will include a digital download.
Pre-order The Bones Of What You Believe Exclusive LP.
Pre-order Every Open Eye Exclusive LP.
If you watch enough television you may very well have heard a familiar song in the recent Marc Jacobs commercial. Yes, that song is “The Mother We Share” by CHVRCHES! Watch the commercial above for Daisy perfume by Marc Jacobs.
With CHVRCHES back in the studio for their sophomore album we were honored to get a few minutes with Lauren Mayberry to take a look back at their experiences from their explosive debut album The Bones of What You Believe and hear what is next from the lovely trio from Glasgow, Scotland. Without further ado let’s hear what Lauren had to share with us.
A LOOK BACK
LMF: How did Chvrches form as a band for those who may not know your story?
LAUREN: I met Iain in September 2011 when he was producing an EP for my old band, Blue Sky Archives, at Chem 19, outside Glasgow. After that weekend of recording, he asked if I would like to come do some backing vocals for a project he was working on with Martin, and from there we started to write together as a three-piece and CHVRCHES began. Iain and Martin met on the Applied Music course at Strathclyde University. Martin played session keyboards for Aereogramme, Iain’s old band, and they had always talked about writing together but it didn’t happen for quite a while.
LMF: Who are your musical influences?
LAUREN: Musically, I grew up on a healthy diet of things like Sleater-Kinney and Death Cab For Cutie, as well as CHVRCHES’ more common musical influences like Cyndi Lauper, Depeche Mode and Cocteau Twins.
LMF: What were some of your most memorable experiences from The Bones of What You Believe tour?
LAUREN: We toured the album pretty extensively so were lucky enough to play lots of different places and meet lots of different people. Playing festivals like Glastonbury and Coachella were really big moments for us as we never thought we would get to do things like that, but I always enjoy the shows in towns we’ve never been to before, far away from home. When people turn up to those gigs, it means an awful lot.
LMF: Can you recall any crazy, funny or memorable fan interactions from The Bones of What You Believe tour?
LAUREN: We are really privileged to have had such a supportive fan base so early on and our fans are really cool and respectful. We get some great presents sometimes – a toy ‘cat lady’ action figure was pretty random, and I got some birthday cupcakes with little cats on them last year. I think I am getting the reputation for being a cat person but I do honestly like all the animals…
LMF: What are your must have items when on the road touring?
LAUREN: Headphones, notebook, yoga mat, books, a laptop, films and TV shows, a phone to communicate with everyone back home, and earplugs to block out the incessant tour bus snoring.
LMF: Who is the practical joker of the group? Any good pranks you have played on each other that you can share with us?
LAUREN: Martin is probably the best at this. He once convinced Iain and our friend James (The Range) that Harry Styles had been in touch with our manager because he wanted to go on a weird date with me in Miami. It was completely fabricated but Dok was very convincing, and the others are pretty gullible…
LMF: Since the release of your article for The Guardian have you had a generally positive reaction from fans and the music industry?
LAUREN: The response we got from fans and other musicians was really positive. The only negative responses we got, I think, just served to reinforce the points we made in the first place. I also think it has helped us shape the conversation about our band a little more as most journalists now know about that article so tend to ask us about that rather than more clichéd questions often leveled at female musicians.
LMF: What has been your biggest challenge as a band to date?
LAUREN: I think we’ve worked hard to adapt to spending so much time on the road. When you see another person that much and your work life, personal life and physical space are all always so completely entwined, it’s really important to communicate well and be sensitive to what other people need as well as yourself. For now, our challenge is to write another album that we feel good about. And we’re working on that.
LMF: Regarding your lengthy first tour, what did you take away from that? Personally or professionally, what will you carry forward and what will you leave behind or do differently?
LAUREN: Although this is the first time we have toured at such a frequency, we had all done a reasonable amount of touring in our other bands at a much lesser level of comfort so this was so much better. It’s hard to not have a solid base but it’s almost as if you have to start to find that within yourself rather than in a physical place, and that can be difficult at times but seems like an important skill to learn.
LMF: How is the new album coming along?
LAUREN: We are writing and recording in Glasgow at the moment. We feel good about our progress but still have a lot of work to do so don’t have a release date in mind as yet.
LMF: Is there a title for your sophomore album yet?
LAUREN: Not as yet. That will likely come once we are further down the road with lyrics.
LMF: Will we hear Martin on lead vocals for a couple of songs again and will he have a new dance to add to his repertoire to go along with them?
LAUREN: We don’t know at the moment who will be singing what but there is every chance there will be more male vocals on this album – it just depends on the song. And regarding his dance moves, I’m sure those will continue to evolve over time. Can't put baby in the corner.
LMF: Do you think these new songs have a certain theme that is running through them?
LAUREN: Lyrically, it’s hard to say at this point because we are still quite early in the process. I never sit down with a certain theme in mind to write but sometimes in retrospect you can see patterns within the lyrical content. That’s certainly what happened when we looked back at the first album but I wasn’t aware of it at the time.
LMF: What bands are currently playing on your iPod or other music streaming devices?
LAUREN: I am still really enjoying the Hannah Lou Clark EP from last year and also the new Bjork album.
LMF: Will we hear any news songs at any of the festivals you’re playing this summer and autumn?
LAUREN: Potentially! We are still recording so haven't started live rehearsals yet but are hoping to expand the set list a little...
LMF: What bands would you like to collaborate with or cover in the future?
LAUREN: Every time we say we’re done with covers, another radio station makes us do one so maybe it will never end… Collaboration wise, it seems more likely that we would work with producers or engineers rather than featuring certain artists, but for the time being, we’re pretty happy doing everything between ourselves and our studio engineer David Simpson in Glasgow.
LMF: Anything else you would like to share with your fans?
LAUREN: Thank you guys for being so supportive and taking time out of your lives to feed into this fan community. It means a lot to us and we hope to see you all again in person soon.
Thank you to Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty for being such an inspiration to many including us. And special thanks to Lauren for taking time away from your busy schedule to speak with us and to CHVRCHES manager Campbell McNeil for making this interview possible. I think we can all agree everyone is eagerly awaiting the return of CHVRCHES!
In case you missed it, DJ/Producer extraordinaire Eric Prydz dropped a slammin remix of CHVRCHES wildly popular song “Tether” last week. Judging by social media reactions fans worldwide rejoiced in this union of amazing artists. We are sure this remix will get you out of your seats and dancing so enjoy it while we eagerly await CHVRCHES next album.
Yesterday CHVRCHES posted a new heartwarming video of tour clips put together by tour photographer Rachael Wright set to their song “Get Away”. Click that play button above and reminisce about some good times. Until we see them again in a city near you, tell us about your favorite CHVRCHES concert or memory.