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Synthpop group Chvrches talks going acoustic for their next album

Synthpop group Chvrches talks going acoustic for their next album


You may have noticed, but pop music today is mostly 1’s and 0’s.

That isn’t to say it’s bad, but often time when you’re listening to anything anywhere near the top of the charts, the only “acoustic” instrument you’re likely to hear is a human voice.

While the average listener may not be able to differentiate a digital instrument from something acoustic, you could certainly feel the difference when you’re seeing it live.

Enter Chvrches — a Scottish synth pop band formed in 2011, very much falling into the all-electronic category, with hits like “The Mother We Share” and “Dead Air” featured on “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I soundtrack.”

We caught up with Chvrches on the red carpet of the iHeart ALTer EGO concert in LA where they were introducing their friends The National to the stage, and asked about the band’s new album.

It feels like the biggest thing we’ve ever done. The most live, the most raw record.
Martin Doherty

The trio had previously recorded their EP’s in a basement in Glasgow, but this time employed producer Greg Kurstin, who’s best known for his work with Adele, Sia, and Beck.

Kurstin moved the bands recording into a proper studio — something that lead singer Lauren Mayberry says opened up the literal space for them to include live drums for the first time.

There’s live drums on this this time … we knew we wanted it to be very honest and feel more like the bands that we grew up enjoying. And because we play so much live show, like live is such a huge element of the band we wanted to really hardness that and make it more kinetic in that kind of space.
Lauren Mayberry

Chvrches is far from the club music, with more soul than most music described as “pop,” but their live shows are as explosive in their venues as anything happening at the Staples Center so this new album is sure to also produce their biggest tour ever.

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