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We aim to keep track of the most buzzed about indie groups, and we're confident in our assessment that Scottish synth-pop trio CHVRCHES will continue to coast atop the crest of of the indie wave. Fronted by their pixie-like frontwoman, Lauren Mayberry, the group caught attention with their Recover EP, which stormed our sound waves with its gripping synth rhythms and enslaving party choruses.

We were initially surprised to see such a fervent turnout of faithful fans for the newcomer's show at the I Guess I'm Floating/YVYNYL party at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel down in Austin, Texas. But after being quickly acclimated to the group's commanding performance, we were singing right along with their most devoted admirers. We urge you to watch their performance below, and dare you to avoid becoming a member of the rapidly growing CHVRCHES legion.

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Faster, faster, you won't go far Shouldn't leave feeling faith, we both
know why.
You've got to show me, both knees, skin and bone.
Clothe me, throw me, move me till I can fly.
Always we can sing, we can make time
Old songs, flood and flame, you could be mine
But you got to show me, both knees, skin and bone
Clothe me, throw me, move me till I can sell you lies.
You can't get enough.
Make a true believer of anyone anyone anyone
I can call you up if I feel alone
I can feed your dirty mind Like I know, like I know what you are
Icon of symmetry, swallowing sides
Fall down in front of me, follow my eyes
But I've got to see you moving, waste no time
Teach me, make me holy till I can sell you lies
You can't get enough
Make a true believer of anyone anyone anyone
I can call you up if I feel alone
I can feed your dirty mind
Like I know, like I know, what you want
Anyone anyone anyone Anyone anyone anyone
Like I know, like I know what you want Like I know, like I know what you want
I can sell you lies You can't get enough
Make a true believer of anyone anyone anyone
I can call you up if I feel alone
I can feed your dirty mind
Like I know, like I know what you want
We are I've come apart and you made me
Float like A pretty box of your evil
So tired So easy I
Bleed out What the fuck were you thinking
We are Gonna fall if you lead us
Nowhere No wasted time
I'll be a thorn in your side Till you die
I'll be a thorn in your side For always
We sink We lift our love
I'll be a thorn in your side Till you die
I'll be a thorn in your side For always
We sink We lift our love
We are Let me stop for a second
Held heart Only beats in the evening
Low tide Watching for flight
I tell you To cut it out but you made me
You know why The slowest spark is a breather
How high How will you decide
I'll be a thorn in your side Till you die
I'll be a thorn in your side For always
We sink We lift our love
I'll be a thorn in your side Till you die
I'll be a thorn in your side For always
We sink We lift our love
So low You keep stalling
Can you not see why
Say, say, say
Love was
Say, say, say
That you see cry Say, say, say
A simple call seems right (Say, say, say)
And I know why (say, say, say)
I'll be a thorn in your side Till you (say, say, say) die
I'll be a thorn in your side For always
We sink We lift (say, say, say) our love
I'll be a thorn in your side Till you (say, say, say) die
I'll be a thorn in your side For always
We sink We lift (say, say, say) our love
Get up after you Get up after you
You had better run from me With everything you own
'Cause I am gonna come for you With all that I have
I am gonna break you down To tiny, tiny parts
I never believed, but I see it now I'm learning your lesson,
I'm learning your lesson
Did it make you feel so clever Did you wear it on your sleeve
Did you see another picture
Where I was not a part so far entwined
There's no other way Never run far
Take a good swing at me And everything is even
So finally, we agree No place for promises here
You better run, you better run so Hide, hide, I have burned your bridges
Now, I'll be a gun And it's you I'll come for
Hide, hide, now it's all so easy I will be a gun
Who are you to tell me how To keep myself afloat
I tread the water all the while You stuck in the knife
That you held at my back
Did it make you feel so clever Did you wear it on your sleeve
Did you see another lifetime Where I was not a part so far entwined
There is no other way Never run far
Take a good swing at me And everything is even
So finally, we agree
No place for promises here
You better run, you better run so Hide, hide I have burned your bridges
Now, I'll be a gun And it's you I'll come for
Hide, hide, now it's all so easy I will be a gun
There is no other way Never run far
Take a good swing at me And everything is even
So finally, we agree No place for promises here
You better run, you better run so Hide, hide, I have burned your bridges
Now, I'll be a gun And it's you I'll come for
Hide, hide, now it's all so easy I will be a gun
And it's you I'll come for (Oh, oh) And it's you I'll come for (Oh, oh)
And it's you I'll come for (Oh, oh) And it's you I'll come for (Oh, oh)
And it's you And I'm gonna see that you won't go far
(Oh, oh) And I'm gonna see that you won't go far
(Oh, oh) And I'm gonna see that you won't go far
(Oh, oh) And I'm gonna see that you won't go far
(Oh, oh)
Science/Visions intro]
Breathe Don't speak
It's leaving your body now
Slow heart
Set free A circuit of consciousness
When you are truly yourself You will
Succumb to a permanence
A light by day
A shadow resides by night
I, I hear, hear your, your breathing
I, I feel, feel you, you leaving
With understanding You won't let it cast you down
A mind full of questions A current to purify
Science and visions Be near when I call your name
Or ask me a question
- I, I hear, hear your, your breathing
Breathe Don't speak
It's leaving your body now
I, I feel, feel you, you leaving
Heart set free A circuit of consciousness
I, I hear, hear your, your breathing
Light by day A shadow resides by night
I, I feel, feel you, you leaving
With understanding
You won't let it cast you down A mind full of questions
A current to purify Science and visions
Be near when I call your name A mind full of questions
A current to purify Science then vision
Be near when I call your name Or ask me a question
Carved earth, cold Hiding from you in this skin,
so old
I'll come clean
Everywhere everyone knows it's me
And if I recover Will you be my comfort
Or it can be over Or we can just leave it here
So pick any number Choose any color
I've got the answer Open the envelope
I'll give you one more chance To say we can change or part ways
And you take what you need And you don't need me
I'll give you one more chance To say we can change our old ways
And you take what you need And you know you don't need me
Blow by blow
Honest in every way I know
You appear
To face a decision I know you fear
And if I recover Will you be my comfort
Or it can be over Or we can just leave it here
So pick any number Choose any color
I've got the answer Open the envelope
I'll give you one more chance To say we can change or part ways
And you take what you need And you don't need me
I'll give you one more chance To say we can change our old ways
And you take what you need And you know you don't need me
And you know you don't need me
And if I recover Will you be my comfort
Or it can be over Or we can just leave it here
So pick any number Choose any color
I've got the answer Open the envelope
I'll give you one more chance To say we can change or part ways
And you take what you need And you don't need me
I'll give you one more chance To say we can change our old ways
And you take what you need And you know you don't need me
- I'm watching you run Run from the sidelines
Take in a breath Fill in your lungs
Keeping you alive
No fear I'll be your eyes
I'll be a lifeline
And if I can be I'll be your strength
And it won't be long now
Head up, head up Keep holding, holding
Your head up, head up Keep holding
If you can see And you believe
Why are you so scared
But if you don't care Why are we here
What do you have left
Head up, head up Keep holding, holding
Your head up, head up Keep holding, holding
Ohhoh, Ohh Ohhoh, Ohh
Ohhoh, Ohh Ohhoh, Ohh
Don't you take another step Away from here
And I would go anywhere with you What a lie
I'll break down But you will never see
And tell me, are you happy? Are you really happy?
Ohhoh, Ohh Ohhoh, Ohh
Ohhoh, Ohh Ohhoh, Ohh
Ohhoh, Ohh Ohhoh, Ohh
Ohhoh, Ohh Ohhoh, Ohh
Ohhoh, Ohh
Stay under the tide Stay in my eyeline
Looking ahead, there is a chance Wherever it all ends
Head up, head up And stay strong
Holding your head up, head up Keep holding, holding
Ohhoh, Ohh Ohhoh, Ohh
Ohhoh, Ohh Ohhoh, Ohh
Ohhoh, Ohh Ohhoh, Ohh
Ohhoh, Ohh Ohhoh, Ohh
Ohhoh, Ohh
Slowly cross off the days That you've said you can hide
Try to retie the ties That you won't leave behind
Slowly cross off the days That you've said you can hide
Try to retie the ties That you won't leave behind
- Never took your side, Never cursed your name
I keep my lips shut tight, Until you go-o-oh
We've come as far As we're ever gonna get
Until you realize, That you should go-o-oh
I'm in misery where you can seem as old as your omens
And the mother we share will never keep your proud head
from falling The way is long
but you can make it easy on me And the mother we share
will never keep our cold hearts from calling
In the dead of night, I'm the only one here
And I will cover you, until you go-o-oh
And if I told the truth, I will always be free
And keep a prize with me, until you go-o-oh
I'm in misery where you can seem as old as your omens
And the mother we share will never keep your proud head
from falling The way is long
but you can make it easy on me And the mother we share
will never keep our cold hearts from calling
Until the night falls, we're the only ones left
I bet you even know, where we could go-o-oh
And when it all fucks up, you put your head in my hands
It's a souvenir for when you go-o-oh
I'm in misery where you can seem as old as your omens
And the mother we share will never keep your proud head
from falling The way is long
but you can make it easy on me And the mother we share
will never keep our cold hearts from calling
- Thank you very much.
Enjoy the rest of your show.
Bye.
- Thank you so much.
We'll see you next time.
- Thank you Texas.

Artist Bio

A lot has changed for CHVRCHES in the past few years.

When the Glaswegian trio wrote and recorded their debut, The Bones Of What You Believe (2013), no one had heard of them. The three members (Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Lauren Mayberry) came together with the idea of working on a writing project together, unsure of what path that would take other than one which belied their previous musical projects and foregrounded melody and classic songwriting styles before everything else. There were no pre-existing ideas of what the record would or should be like, no pre-conceptions and nothing to live up to just three people in a basement studio in Glasgow making music they believed in.

The Bones of What You Believe went on to sell over 500,000 albums worldwide. The band enjoyed critical success, with accoladed coming from Pitchfork, Spin, Rolling Stone, Q, NME and many more. They made their debut US TV performance on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon, and then went on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with Letterman and Last Call with Carson Daly. Theyve clocked in 364 shows in 2 years, selling out venues across the world and making signature appearances at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, Lollapalooza, Australasias Laneway Festival, Reading & Leeds, Summer Sonic in Japan and countless others before retiring back into the studio for another go.

Approaching the new album, one could argue that everything is different for the band but they tried not to treat it that way. CHVRCHES returned to the same hometown studio that had housed them during the recording of their first LP, their basic goal to shut off the outside world and get back to what they know best: writing.

Made in CHVRCHES Alucard Studios a converted three-bedroom flat on the southside of Glasgow Every Open Eye offers an alternative approach in a climate of music written by committee or the same handful of well-known songwriters, going back to the idea that a band can write, record and produce their work entirely by themselves.

Using some ideas the band had recorded in venues during their time on the road as a starting point, the band found riffs, loops and melodies they wanted to develop or started from scratch on the synths, pads and machines they had been gathering in their basement to create the instrumentals of the songs. Vocal melodies were developed as the songs took shape with the lyrics added last, developed from words and sentences from notebooks Mayberry had kept on tour.

Musically, Every Open Eye seeks to do more with less. To make big sounds without racking up endless tracks within Cubase sessions. To make something intense and urgent and visceral, using the basic tools of melody, rhythm and arrangement rather than the mentality that 'more is more. Sonically, Every Open Eye develops CHVRCHES signature style, juxtaposing the light and the dark, creating their own brand of twisted pop music that uniquely merges the organic with the electronic, molding sounds and ideas forged over two years on the road into an electronic-pop record with a heart.

Lyrically, Every Open Eye is not a break up album. It is a record about past heartbreaks and getting over them ('Leave A Trace). About perspective and the benefit of hindsight. About being unapologetic and not being told what to do or who to be ('Bury It, 'Never Ending Circles, 'Playing Dead). About moving on to better things, holding on to the good and letting go of the bad ('Down Side Of Me, 'Clearest Blue, 'Afterglow).

Mixed by Spike Stent and mastered by Bob Ludwig, Every Open Eye will be released on September 25, 2015 via Glassnote. Lead single 'Leave A Trace is out on July 16.

Glassnote Records

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