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posted Friday, August 15 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 33
Chvrches sound heavenly at The Showbox SoDo
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Chvrches sound heavenly at The Showbox SoDo

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

CHVRCHES
THE SHOWBOX SODO
August 8


By popular demand, electro-pop act Chvrches appeared back-to-back nights at The Showbox SoDo last week, the first evening to a sold out crowd followed by a near-capacity audience 24 hours later.

The Glasgow-based trio performed a short set on Saturday, barely over an hour, though they managed to reel out eleven songs during their main set and squeezed in two more for an encore. Every track from 2013's critically praised debut The Bones of What You Believe was played and each of them sounded twice as good as the studio versions.

They began with 'We Sink' as various stage props lit up in bold colors. Frontwoman Lauren Mayberry looked cool, calm and collected in high-waist black shorts with matching sleeveless shirt and medium heels and a tightly wound headband. She's not only irresistible to listen to, but with a perky cute personality and soft, dreamy vocals, it's hard to take your eyes off her.

'This is our second night in Seattle,' said Mayberry. 'So thanks for coming out to see us.'

Chvrches turned 'Lies' into an industrial house number, as the stage was bathed in deep blue lighting. 'Gun,' a featured single from the album (and also used in the TV series 'Grey's Anatomy') and 'Night Sky' got the whole room clapping and dancing. 'Strong Hand,' the only non-Bones tune on the set list, received a reasonably good response from concertgoers, ranging from college teens to 40-something hipsters.

Everyone was delighted to hear 'Recover,' which was given a thirty-second keyboard intro, and people started clapping rapidly on the second verse. It was slightly more uptempo than the recorded version with a new age-like, symphonic sound that was priceless to anyone who loves that universal hit.

Mayberry and Martin Doherty switched places for 'Under the Tide,' allowing him to sing lead vocals while she tapped away on keyboards. I really enjoyed his voice and the way he moved about on stage. He took it to a new level. 'The Mother We Share' closed out the main portion of the concert and saw many in the audience wave their hands in the air as they belted out the chorus.

Even though Mayberry told everyone that the band needed to be up early the next morning, and admitted that she's a hyper-organized person, the three-piece did make time for two additional numbers, 'You Caught the Light' and 'By the Throat.'

I found Chvrches to be quite similar to Lorde, and incidentally they covered 'Team' for BBC Radio 1 recently. They kept it simple and upbeat at The Showbox, while creating even dreamier renditions of their songs than what we'd already heard. They'll be back, for sure. Bigger and better.

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