Posted in music | pictures on March 19, 2013

photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

CHVRCHES @ Mercury Lounge, 3/18/2013
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Hot off a busy SXSW, Scottish trio CHVRCHES made their NYC debut at Mercury Lounge last night (3/18), playing an early and a late show, both sold out. I was at the early show where the crowd was ready to have a good time. Good news: "The Mother We Share" and new single "Recover" are not the only catchy songs in their arsenal. We got 10 originals (plus a cover of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U") and nearly every one of them had a giant hook at its core. I would say at least four of the new ones seems single-worthy.

The bad news: they've got a ways to go in the live show department. Singer Lauren Mayberry's voice was in fine form, but she is a timid performer and doesn't quite seem comfortable in the spotilight. (A funny and foulmouthed between-song banterer, though.) And, like with so many synth-MPC acts these days, there's not a lot to watch. That said, they weren't bad. They just just need to build up the confidence and figure out the live setup. Like a drummer? Six months of touring, including the summer festival circuit will hopefully take care of that. But the crowd last night -- which hit all social and age strata -- didn't seem to mind,  with very enthusiastic singing, dancing and clapping along to the band's two singles.

CHVRCHES stick around NYC tonight (3/19) to DJ at 285 Kent and tickets to that show are still available.

UPDATE: They're playing live tonight too. Says the band, "Hi New Yorkers. We will be playing a 30 min live set tonight at 285 Kent in Brooklyn along with a DJ set from Martin. We will be on at midnight. " Tickets here.

I missed almost all of opener Dan Croll's set but what I heard was in the "whoa-oh" and "ahhhh ahh" heavy Fleet Foxes school of folky rock. The UK singer plays again on Wednesday (3/20) at Glasslands with Feathers and Lorna Dune. Tickets are still available.

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Comments (21)

Who's their pvblicist?

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 12:39 PM

anyone spot maria sherman at this thing? hope she made it back from SXSW okay, this band needs some hype!!!!!!!!!! how are we gonna shit all over them in 2014 if they aren't hyped by maria to begin with?

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 12:40 PM

Nicely written, but you're wrong about the crowd.

Far too many pretentious industry types appraising the new "it" thing rather than just enjoying the music and getting down. Utterly stifling atmosphere.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 12:44 PM

so glad 2013 has given us waxahatchee, merchandise, and now CHVRCHESC. (just kidding, mediocre music doesn't excite me, the music press industry and hype disgusts me)

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 12:49 PM

Not every band needs a drummer, jesus christ.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 1:03 PM

@1:03

Getting live percussion is part of any electronic act growing up.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 1:14 PM

thanks for barfing up up the same review pitchfork gave of the sxsw show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 1:19 PM

This band is clearly pretty amatuerish. Are their recodings that much better than the other million bands who sound just like them? Is their singer that much more attractive? Why is it that they get a chance to "mature" (meaning learn how to play a gig) in the public eye? The nepotism and bullshit in indie rock is getting really hard to ignore.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 1:19 PM

I'd like to "visit her Chvrch," and by "visit" I mean "attend" and by "Chvrch" I mean "the house of worship that she regularly attends."

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 1:24 PM

they sucked. they'll be forgotten about before their record comes out. Pop drivel and the people who follow it at its worst.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 1:38 PM

oh my

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 1:44 PM

I thought the Chvrches set was pretty good, actually. Their sound is somewhere in the developmental stages but the folks in attendance got a solid performance.

If they follow the path along the likes of Portishead and keep the synth stuff and beats heavy, they can very nicely develop a loyal, cult-like following.

I disagree this act needs a drummer. Depeche Mode went all the way into the 90's until they had Alan Wilder get behind the kit. Chvrches do just fine with the drum machine!

When they actually release an album, they will get the reviews they deserve. I would go see them again.

Plus, they are from Scotland. Being a Scot myself, I would say if its not from Scotland, it's crap!

Posted by Andrew | March 19, 2013 1:46 PM

boring laptop "indie" scenester music. if you think otherwise you're deluding yourself. I was there, ice cold crowd, terrible set.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 2:10 PM

I wanna get paid to be onstage pressing play on a laptop while some gorgeous exotic chick shyly sings about nature or electrodeath or whatever; sounds like a decent way to spend your 20's.

Sign me up.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 2:24 PM

A great, great band. Great songs - the show is good and will only get better...

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 4:03 PM

@ 2:10 if you hate this kind of music, why were you there?

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 4:25 PM

duh, he wasn't there

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 4:40 PM

2:24 fucking hilarious.

Looks like a casting call for Barely Legal.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 5:16 PM

she IS gorgeous.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 8:16 PM

everytime i see a band like this i wonder when people are going to get sick of watching 'bands' pass off pressing play on laptops as 'live music'. it's the worst. not every shitty recording project needs to get on stage.

depeche mode didn't have a drummer, but they had actual people ON STAGE making the sounds and playing the parts. they were also memorable and wrong classic album after classic album. this band is as bland and unmemorable as they come.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 10:52 PM

*wrong = wrote

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2013 10:53 PM

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