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Live Review + Gallery: CHVRCHES (Danforth Music Hall / Toronto, ON)

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Glasgow natives CHVRCHES absolutely shook the Danforth Music Hall to its very core this past weekend. Consisting of front-woman Lauren Mayberry and producers Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, CHVRCHES create ethereal synth-pop which is heavily backed by Mayberry’s vocals. Emerging on the scene back in 2013 with their critically acclaimed debut album The Bones Of What You Believe (voted Pitchfork’s best new music of 2013), the Scottish trio has really cemented themselves as being on the best and well-rounded indie-pop bands out there. Being very outspoken and involved in current events in terms of politics, CHVRCHES’ music is not only technically sound, but lyrically insightful as well. Tracks such as “Leave a Trace” off their second studio album, Every Open Eye, really put down misogynistic tendencies you often to see in the male-dominated music industry.

With Mayberry leading the charge along with Cook’s and Doherty’s impressive skills as mixers, there really does not seem to be any obstacles that CHVRCHES cannot overcome. Releasing a handful of singles over this past month in promotion of their upcoming third studio album, CHVRCHES’ Saturday night show in Toronto had the anticipation absolutely through the roof. Filling the venue in a way only the biggest and best musical acts could, CHVRCHES’ show was one of the best shows the Danforth has seen in months! This being their first show on the list of tour dates they announced back in April, the Toronto fans had the pleasure of hearing some cuts off Love Is Dead (set for release 5/25/2018) that have not been released or performed. Bolstering powerful vocals and an attitude that exemplifies how a person’s sex has nothing to do with the amount of talent they possess, Mayberry was really the centerpiece of what made CHVRCHES’ performance such a pleasure. Strutting around the stage and making their presence known to the full house, there did not seem to be one moment during the entire night that the audience was not completely mesmerized by CHVRCHES. Closing out the show with their encore of “The Mother We Share” and “Clearest Blue”, the Scottish trio left the Danforth absolutely stunned by the killer performance they had just witnessed. If CHVRCHES’ live shows are just as intense and heartfelt as the one that was put on this past Saturday, no doubt fans and music lovers alike will experience a live set they certainly will not forget.

For a list of their summer and fall show dates, hit the link here!