Chvrches - Barrowland, Glasgow, Sat 8 Mar 2014 (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Chvrches - Barrowland, Glasgow, Sat 8 Mar 2014

Photo: Stewart Fullerton

A wonderful, confident homecoming show from the electro-pop trio

Quite how much of a good impression Chvrches have made upon their home city is illustrated by this, their ‘first ever show at the Barrowlands’, as described with pride by singer Lauren Mayberry, and a wonderful, confident show it is too. The music pounds like it should on a Saturday night, bass loops crunching up through the walls and pillars, even as Mayberry’s voice transmits the feeling of watching a John Hughes film circa 1987 into your mind on stand-outs ‘Gun’, ‘Recover’ and ‘The Mother We Share’.

Against the neon-flared lightshow and backdrop, her physical and vocal petiteness complements the music in concealing a resolute character at its core. ‘Happy International Women’s Day!’ she beams at one point, to which an embarrassing, blokey boo went up from some corners. ‘Did somebody boo?’ she asks, rather brilliantly, ‘because I'm going to come out there and boot you in the cunt.’ It’s symptomatic of any band finding success early in their career that they can play their debut album in under an hour, but whose fanbase far exceeds their immediate peers, and it’s wonderful to hear Mayberry resisting any pandering to the idiots. Before them, support act SOAK – aka plaintive, acoustic guitar-toting, Irish singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson, the first signing to Chvrches’ Goodbye Records label – was offered a warm and supportive response by the early-attenders.

CHVRCHES - Recover (Travelogue)

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Glasgow-based electro pop trio touring in support of their second album Love Is Dead.

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£30 / 0121 622 8250

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£32.50 / 0844 477 2000

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£0–£32.50 / 0131 477 3500

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