Churches combine members of Twilight Sad, Aereogramme and Blue Sky Archives

Churches combine members of Twilight Sad, Aereogramme and Blue Sky Archives

credit: John Speirs

Soaring slice of polychrome electronic pop from Scotland

You’ve heard of CHURCHES, right? I mean, someone’s probably linked you their stunning, soaring slice of polychrome electronic pop, ‘Lies’, which hit YouTube with the stealth and devastation of a sonic exocet and instantly blew your mind, yeah? You probably caught the hype on the Guardian and NME. You may have been one of the lucky ones with tickets for their recent sold-out debut show at Glasgow School of Art. You were, right? Well if you weren’t, best brush up …

The Past

Each one of the band has been kicking about the Scottish music scene for a while; Martin Doherty’s known for his work with the Twilight Sad, Iain Cook for Aereogramme/the Unwinding Hours and Lauren Mayberry for Blue Sky Archives. CHURCHES is, musically, an entirely new departure for the troika, eschewing indie and rock sentiment for earworm synth hooks.

The Present

The band have chosen a ‘less is more’ ploy to grab attention, and it’s worked. Other than ‘Lies’, the free download track punted by Neon Gold blog, there are no other tunes available. They loathe to yap about themselves and prefer to hide away, plotting global domination. [Mayberry can also be found in her day job, sorting the LGBT and Around Town pages at The List – ed.] Naturally, this approach has served only to create a feverish frenzy for more music and info.

The Future …

is theirs, if they want it. Word is spreading, labels are agog. A single may be out in the autumn, with an album in 2013. CHURCHES could yet be our salvation.

CHURCHES support School of Seven Bells on Sun 22 Jul, Stereo, Glasgow.


School of Seven Bells and Churches

Ex-Secret Machines man Benjamin Curtis is joined by sweetly harmonising Alejandra Deheza in this ethereal band named after a mythical South American school for pickpockets.

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