Live Review

Chvrches, Electrowerkz, London

Chvrches spin their own sparkly threads, and they’ve got them by the lorry load. 


Photo: Sam Bond / DIY

Guitar music is back, they say. Four scruffy tykes in skinny jeans is ‘the future’ again. They’re right too - 2013 is all set to see a resurgence in an art form that never really went away, just got a bit boring. It will be exciting; there will be some good bands, and some awful ones too. And none of it - not one bit - will be Chvrches.

For all the japes of Peace or flat out anarchy of Palma Violets, we’ll spend a very long time looking for another band capable of a moment quite as special as the first time you heard ‘The Mother We Share’. One of the standout tracks of the last twelve months, it’s made out of pure stardust; three minutes of perfection.

The real killer, though, is that this isn’t a one off. Tonight’s Electrowerkz show - a first chance for most of the bloggerati, out in force, to see the band first hand - proves, there’s no wizard behind a curtain handing over a single potential super hit. Chvrches spin their own sparkly threads, and they’ve got them by the lorry load.

There are those we’ve heard - the stomping first taster ‘Lies’ and the equally brilliant pair of ‘Science/Visions’ and ‘If We Sink’ - and those we haven’t. ‘Recover’ goes from ethereal verse to a chorus that doesn’t even take one run through to achieve ear worm status, while ‘Lungs’ is another straight out of the box marked Solid Gold Pop Hits. There’s no slack, no filler; everything pitched perfectly without ever feeling cold.

It’s that which marks Chvrches out as something special. There’s no awkward mumbling or silent race through a set. Unlike so many, they connect; and not just on a self aware, cerebral level. In an era where socially awkward boys throw the ‘p’ word at anything with a hook, they’re a band that aren’t afraid of something that makes feet involuntarily shuffle.

Of course, it’s early days. As of yet, they aren’t quite fully plugged in to the ‘industry machine’. They probably don’t need the pressure of expectation, but when you’re this good this early, they’re going to get it anyway. Of all the prospects that will be paraded over the coming months, Chvrches might have the potential the burn the brightest. That battered old six string hasn’t won just yet.

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