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Introducing: Chvrches

By November 20, 2012

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Name: Chvrches

From: Glasgow, Scotland

Story: From naught to buzz band in three minutes

Sound: Effervescent synths, elastic rhythms, fluorescent pop

In the space of "The Mother We Share"'s three minutes, Chvrches instantly turned themselves into one of 2012's best new bands. With its amped-up bank of effervescent synths and immediate, insistent, inescapable melody, "The Mother We Share" is a piece of pure pop-music, in the best possible sense.

On it and "Lies," the two tunes they've thus-far turned out, Chvrches effectively sound like children of The Knife, arising as part of an unconnected but distinct rise of bands --Purity Ring, Austra, Niki and the Dove, Kate Boy-- who clearly spent time with the weirdo Swedes' off-kilter electro-pop.

Chvrches don't, however, hail from, like, Gothenburg, but the slightly-more-unlikely outpost of Glasgow. They've cut their teeth in the city's rock scene, too: the band's twin programmers/producers, Martin Doherty and Iain Cook, having spent stints playing in epic-rockers The Twilight Sad and nasty quiet-to-loud moodists Aereogramme; the band's singer, Lauren Mayberry, a member of folk-pop project Blue Sky Archives.

Like so many acts to be thrown headlong into blog hype in the '10s, Chvrches were still finding their feet when the world came calling, demanding things --liveshows, tours, more songs!-- that they had yet to consider. And, given their official collected output thus far totals 6 minutes and 40 seconds, you can understand the yearning for more. But give Chvrches time: 2013 will surely be there year. For now, just give "The Mother We Share" another spin...



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