Chvrches’ Anthemic Hooks Brighten Up Day 2 At Outside Lands While Also Imbuing A Universal Gravitas
SAN FRANCISCO, CA-
“… I’ve always loved Chvrches. Sometimes big synths and bigger hooks are just what you need to pull you up and out from a rut, and Chrvches have that in spades. Their third studio album, Love Is Dead, was released earlier this year, and the Scottish trio has been touring in support of it, dropping by Outside Lands to swath San Fransisco with their passionate electronic pop.
Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty were in fine form on the main stage, dropping their anthemic melodies, one after another, to an adoring crowd. Love Is Dead’s clean production manifested itself in the live setting as all the instruments and vocals sounded crisp and sharp. In fact, the sonics were so bright, one couldn’t be blamed if you overlooked the often heavy lyrics that Ms. Mayberry sings.
But it would be shame if you completely overlooked the darker tones in their music as that’s what I think gives them an added layer of depth that distinguishes them from other electronic pop bands. Lauren’s light soprano voice and her bright pink flowing dress can mask some of those heavier, thoughtful themes (i.e., “We didn’t know what we wanted to be/ When did we move on?/ I didn’t feel it, nobody told me” from “Graffiti”) but they’re all there and that universal gravitas is what’s makes their music subconsciously addictive because we all feel what Lauren’s singing …”