CHVRCHES dropped a cool remix of Lauv’s “Drugs & The Internet” earlier today. Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty added some nice beats and instrumentational layers to an already widely popular song by Lauv. Give it a listen on your favorite music streaming service or hit the play button below.
Last night CHVRCHES returned to Chicago with another high-energy show in support of their third album Love Is Dead. Returning to the Aragon Ballroom four months after playing 101.1 WKQX’s The Nights We Stole Christmas, CHVRCHES were now in town for their first headlining show at the same venue playing to a packed and excited crowd.
Los Angeles based rock band Cherry Glazerr opened the night with a fun filled set of guitar and drum driven songs. They’re currently touring in support of their third studio album Stuffed & Ready.
As the venue filled to near-capacity the stage was set to a low-lit blue light and smoke. The crowd was on their feet and ready with anticipation when the bass dropped and the lights began to flash. Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Jonny Scott were welcomed with a thunderous applause and returned that same energy from the first to last note.
Opening with “Get Out” followed by Mayberry’s line, “We are a band called CHVRCHES. Thank you very much for coming out to see us”. Throughout the setlist the crowd were treated to a mix of fan favorites from all three albums The Bones of What You Believe, Every Open Eye and Love Is Dead. After a thirteen-song main setlist the band returned for an encore featuring “The Mother We Share” and closing with “Never Say Die”.
Along with their fantastic performance came their usual funny banter and stories. Reminiscing about their last time in town with a stop in Uptown Arcade in which Lauren’s joystick on The Simpson’s game was broken so her character got pelted and how that could be a metaphor so she did not return yesterday in fear that it might be too much for her to take this time. Discussion about the C-word and how its meaning can be so much worse when used in America conversation versus its uses in British vocabulary. Speaking of vocabulary, Mayberry brought up that she has not seen the cultural phenomenon that is Game of Thrones except for a recent episode and gave us the word “swedge”, a Scottish term for sword play.
The band always seem to enjoy playing in Chicago and tonight seemed no different. Even with all of the recent online distractions from Chris Brown fans since the recent statement regarding his involvement with recent collaborator Marshmello, the band seemed quite upbeat and happy to be on stage.
CHVRCHES are always a fun band to see live and it’s an honor to cover them in our hometown with a short review and photo album. Thank you again CHVRCHES and special thanks to their manager Campbell for the chat yesterday along with all of your help, as well as Lauren at Glassnote Records.
Photos captured by Josh Terzino and edited by Kari Terzino of Music Defined for Lauren Mayberry Fans.
Under The Tide
Leave A Trace
The Mother We Share
Never Say Die
Yesterday CHVRCHES issued a statement about their disappointment with Marshmello’s choice to work with musicians Chris Brown and Tyga after the artist released his latest track “Light It Up” featuring the two musicians. CHVRCHES recently collaborated with Marshmello on the smash hit “Here With Me” that was released last month and still doing well on the charts and radio play.
The statement reads:
“We are really upset, confused and disappointed by Marshmello’s choice to work with Tyga and Chris Brown. We like and respect Mello as a person but working with people who are predators and abusers enables, excuses and ultimately tacitly endorses that behavior. That is not something we can or will stand behind.”
Later that evening CHVRCHES' lead singer Lauren Mayberry posted a couple examples of the abusive messages she has been receiving since the statement was released. One photo was captioned with, “Angry men on the internet can call me all the names they want. I still think domestic abuse is wrong. Peace out, internet. Tomorrow is a brand-new day.”
Sadly, Mayberry is no stranger to online abuse and has confronted it head-on writing an op-ed for The Guardian in 2013 detailing the daily abuse she receives online as a female musician in a male dominated industry. In 2015 she spoke with Channel 4 News in the UK discussing misogynist trolls and followed that up with a heartbreaking letter penned for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter about an abusive relationship from her past.
The members of CHVRCHES have always been outspoken about social issues and stay true to what they stand for with this powerful statement.
St. Louis’ New Alternative ALT 104.9 will be hosting CHVRCHES for an intimate acoustic session at The Gaslight Lounge on May 1st prior to the bands show later that evening at The Pageant. Listen on-air throughout this week or click here to register for your chance to win a spot on the guest list at The Gaslight Lounge for you and a friend as well as a pair of tickets to see CHVRCHES at The Pageant.
*Update 4/30/19 - Due to travel delays the band had to cancel this session.
CHVRCHES have just announced four additional shows for their Love Is Dead North American summer 2019 tour. Ticket presales begin tomorrow, April 24th at 10 AM local followed by general public sale this Friday, April 26th at 10 AM local. Grab your tickets through https://chvrch.es/#shows.
July 01, 2019 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO
July 07, 2019 – Rebel – Toronto, ON
July 09, 2019 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
July 11, 2019 – Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY
Charity Bomb’s third annual Strange 80s 3D concert experience is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, California. All proceeds will go to Talinda Bennington’s mental health initiative 320 Changes Direction.
Members of CHVRCHES (Lauren Mayberry & Martin Doherty), Weezer, No Doubt, Simple Plan, Eagles of Death Metal, Jane’s Addiction, Sugarcult, Bones UK, Velvet Revolver, Supersonic Blues Machine and more will be performing songs from the 80’s.
Presale tickets go on sale this Thursday, April 18th at 10 AM PDT followed by public on sale this Friday, April 19th at 10 AM PDT both through AXS.
*Update 5/18/19 - CHVRCHES are no longer able to attend this event due to scheduling conflicts.
CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry recently met up with Jenny Eliscu for a chat in Los Angeles that is featured on the 25th episode of the LSQ Podcast. The two discussed Mayberry’s creative journey from childhood to now. From the early days and the music she grew up on, trying to fit in as a young adult, how the band CHVRCHES came about, developing her stage persona and stepping in and out of her band character. This was an insightful listen into the life of a professional musician that is now available on iTunes or can be listened to on the player below.
While in town for Coachella, CHVRCHES will stop by for a live performance at the KROQ Coachella House at 10:30 AM PST on Sunday, April 14th. Check out the list full list of guests stopping by for interviews and performances in the photo above and be sure to tune in for the live broadcast and webcast all weekend long.
Billboard is currently running a sweepstakes for a chance to win one of ten pairs of passes into this exclusive house party. Follow the instructions to enter by 5 PM EST on April 11th.
Watch CHVRCHES previous KROQ Coachella House performance from 2016 in the video below.
Due to a scheduling conflict Janelle Monaé has cancelled her appearance at Boston Calling Music Festival but CHVRCHES have stepped in to replace her on Friday, May 24th. This annual three-day festival will take place on May 24-26, 2019 at the Harvard University Athletics Complex in Boston, Massachusetts.
Tickets can be purchased now through the festival’s website.
Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival just announced their annual lineup which includes CHVRCHES! This multi-day music festival will be held from June 26th to July 7th, 2019 at the Henry W. Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. CHVRCHES will be a ground stage headliner on Tuesday, July 2nd for their first appearance at this festival. Their last visit to Milwaukee was on October 4, 2018 at the Riverside Theater.
Tickets are on sale now through the festival’s website.