Glasgow’s Chvrches are clearly a band on the cusp of greatness on this tour to support third album Love Is Dead. Not only did the synth-pop act play the stunning North London venue Alexandra Palace a few nights ago, but they have followed that up with two nights at the O2 Academy in Birmingham; the second of which, has fully sold out.
The venue is already heaving with excited fans of all ages before youthful sludge-pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma take to the stage. The Norwich teens soon have the audience captivated with their dark yet exuberant indie; and with tracks from their latest release I’m All Ears, they show that they already have a promising future.
By the beginning of Chvrches’ set, the venue is packed to the brim, and the atmosphere is electric when the band appear to perform opener, Get Out. Throughout the night I am blown away by the multi-instrumental talents of Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, while singer Lauren Mayberry’s vocals are stunning; at times pure and soulful, at others, fierce and powerful.
Although the band are already huge, there is still a wonderful down-to-earth quality in their performance as Ian and Martin cut a relaxed presence on the stage throughout most of the set. Meanwhile, Lauren keeps the audience entertained with energetic spins and lots of hand-clapping throughout, and fun chatter between songs.
Later in the night, Lauren retired to the keys for a few songs as Martin became the vocalist for God’s Plan and Under The Tide; two synth-heavy songs that certainly had the audience up and dancing. Upon Lauren’s return to vocals, the band receive some of the biggest cheers of the night during tracks Leave A Trace, The Mother We Share, and their set closer, Never Say Die.