(Photo Credit: Lily Moffly)
One of the real perks of working at Baeble is that you get to be at the ground floor of a constant stream of exciting acts who are just getting their foot in the door in the music industry and their first taste of fame. We shoot a lot of bands every year...a lot. And although we care about all of the bands we shoot, those moments where we saw a band and said "They have potential," and then their talent and the appetite of the public lives up to that potential is just the best feeling. When we shot Mumford & Sons at the Music Hall of Williamsburg
in 2010, we had no guarantee that they'd become the biggest rock band in the country three years later. When we shot Charli XCX at the Hype Hotel
in 2013, we couldn't have known that the next year, she'd write and appear on the undisputed song of the summer. We find the bands we love, and we shoot them, but those moments where they take off are always the best. And when we shot Chvrches in 2013 on that same day we shot Charli XCX, they hadn't even released The Bones of What You Believe
yet, but you only had to hear those lead singles from that album to know that Chvrches were something special. And now half a million in album sales later and their sophomore LP having been recently released, Chvrches are headlining shows in Central Park and massive venues around the world, and we're happy to announce that we were there last night, shooting the whole show.
Our full concert with the band won't be ready to share for a little bit, but, folks, Chvrches
have lived up to their potential and more. There are moments in music when a band completely captures the public zeitgeist and other bands change their sounds because this band has changed the game. And that's what Chvrches did with The Bones of What You Believe
. I write about music every day for a living, and the number of bands that have tried to cash in on the "gorgeous female vocals paired with dancey 80s synths" are legion. None of them have come close to capturing the magic of Chvrches original formula. And Chvrches managed to avoid the sophomore slump on their resplendent second LP, Every Open Eye
. Chvrches are already on top of the dance-pop world, and things can only go up from here.
But what about the show? Do Chvrches still have it live? Was the audience connecting with the show? Did Central Park's Summer Stage become a massive dance party? The answer to all of the above: of course. Lauren Mayberry's voice is as strong as ever. And considering it's been two years since The Bones of What You Believe
dropped, audiences have only had time to get to know and fall in love with and form genuine connections with their tunes. I know I'm biased here, but I've personally blared "Recover" a couple hundred times in the last two years and "The Mother We Share" isn't far behind.
I don't want to spoil too much of the show. It's an event that you're going to want to see. This is officially one of those pieces of Baeble video that defines our mission statement of working with the best bands at the best places and giving audiences the best possible live music experiences. Chvrches fans, we promise you won't be disappointed. But, until we can show you the video itself, why don't you check out some of our photos from the evening below.
Mansionair (the evening's opener)