Chvrches announce huge UK shows

Scottish electro-pop three-piece Chvrches today announced two very special gigs for spring 2016 – a hometown show at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on April 2 and visit to London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall on March 31.

The former will be the band’s biggest headline performance to date, topping even tonight’s sold out concert at London’s Alexandra Palace.

Scottish post punk trio The Twilight Sad will be special guests at the SSE Hydro show.

Tickets for both shows go on general sale at 10am on Friday, December 4 priced at £15-£35 in London and £25 in Glasgow. All tickets include a charity donation.

Chvrches – comprised of Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Lauren Mayberry – went down a storm when they played the Waverley Stage at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

The group will perform songs from their critically-acclaimed second album Every Open Eye, which charted at No.4 in the UK and No.8 in the US upon release in September, as well as the Top 20 in ten other countries worldwide.

Every Open Eye is the follow up to Chvrches’ breakthrough debut album The Bones of What You Believe, released in autumn 2013 to widespread acclaim, selling over 500,000 copies and garnering the band a Brit Award nomination.

The group’s first two singles, Lies and The Mother We Share, made them one of the most talked about new acts around and earned the trio a place on the BBC’s Sound of 2013. They were signed to Virgin shortly afterwards, shifting half-a-million copies of their debut album.

The success was head-spinning – and they were determined to repeat the trick with their sophomore effort.

“Whether we expected to be here or not, we are a professional band now,” Mayberry said recently. “Every time I go through customs, I write down professional singer as my employment. So I said, ‘I need to change the way I look at this. I don’t want to be constantly feeling like I’m chasing my tail.”

For album number two, the group shunned big-name producers and co-writers.

“People don’t make albums any more,” Cook told the BBC. “They make 11, 12 songs, and they put them out as an album but they feel like a greatest hits, or a playlist.”

“It’s a regurgitation of whatever cool counter-culture is going on,” Doherty added. “It’s like, ‘We’ve got the rap one, we’ve got the house one, we’ve got the R&B banger.'”

“And maybe out of those 10 or 11 songs, those co-writes that you do, there’s a global number one. But it’s not yours.

“So we took some steps to try and recapture where we were at before any of [the success] happened. We went back to Glasgow, we made the record in the same studio, we wrote every note ourselves.”

Last week the band premiered the stunning video for their new single Empty Threat, the latest song to be lifted from Every Open Eye, following lead single Leave A Trace, and one that Cook says “finds the sweet spot between brighter melodies and darker lyrics, sparking synths and gritty production, that captures the essence of Chvrches”.

The video was shot in Miami by Austin Peters (Haim, Bastille).

Tickets for Chvrches Glasgow gig are available at: www.gigsinscotland.com or 08444 999 990