Chvrches is a Scottish indie trio composed of Iain Cook, Martin Doherty, and Lauren Mayberry. The band combines big synths and hooks to create chart-friendly pop songs which hold mainstream appeal while retaining depth.
Chvrches was informally formed when Iian Cook, a film and television music composer and former member of Aerogramme, and Martin Doherty, a member of Twilight Sad, linked up with singer Lauren Mayberry to record a demo. The sessions went well and the group named itself Chvrches, spelled with a “v” to make them more easily searchable on the Internet. The group’s early songs were inspired by musicians like Prince, Depeche Mode, and Kate Bush. Two of the songs from that first session, “Lies,” and “The Mother We Share” generated Internet buzz, and led to an appearance on BBC’s Sound of 2013, where the goup finished fifth.
In 2013, Chvrches released the EP Recover, and began recording their debut album in Cook’s basement studio. The Bones of What You Believe debuted at number nine on U.K. charts and went certified gold in the U.K., as well as hitting Top 20 charts in Canada, Australia, and the U.S. Chvrches’ second album, Every Open Eye, was released in 2015, and featured Paramore’s Hayley Williams in the single “Bury It.” The next two years saw the band collaborate with Solar Fields on “Warning Call,” and produce a cover of Tegan and Sarah’s “Call it Off.”
2018’s Love is Dead showcased a bigger and more straightforward sound than previous albums, and topped multiple Billboard charts with its singles “Get Out,” and “My Enemy.” The follow-up, Hansa Session EP, featured acoustically driven versions of songs from the previous album. Chvrches currently performs at the sold out venues around the world, and are regularly booked for corporate entertainment events and private parties.