hmv.com reviews... Chvrches @ London's Somerset House
The series of shows at London’s Somerset House continued last night (July 17th) with a storming set from Scottish electro trio Chvrches. Here’s our review…
Chvrches, Scottish electro trio, in the middle of an extensive world tour in support of their debut record The Bones Of What You Believe (which you can preview on the right-hand side of the page).
London’s Somerset House, the stunning venue on the banks of the Thames.
Any good supports?
Emilie Nicolas, the Nordic songstress who’s preparing for the release of her debut album early next year. She was superb, singing gracefully over skitter beats and wonky electronics, with a real flair and poise. The comparisons are obvious; Robyn, Lykke Li, even a touch of First Aid Kit in the vocals, but they are real compliments too.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
As with all the gigs at the illustrious venue, there was a hearty percentage of punters who it felt like were there to be seen, rather to see the band. That did, however, all dissipate as soon as Chvrches came on, after that it was arms in the air until the last notes bleeped out of the speakers.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The band motored through their set, which lasted for just over an hour. Kicking off with the pulsating ‘We Sink’, the band quickly worked through a jagged ‘Lies’ and the Crystal Castles-esque ‘Lungs’. As the set progressed, they worked their way through every track on their debut record, with ‘Gun’, ‘Recover’ and ‘The Mother We Share’, which closed the main set, proving real highlights. Chvrches’ brand of electro is at once Kraftwerk and Hot Chip, icy cold with stabbing beats, but with real vulnerability and emotion in Mayberry’s vocals. They’re an incredible live act.
Any good between song banter?
Quite a bit. Singer Lauren Mayberry waited a while to address the crowd, but then joked with the crowd about the heat, her knees and the complaints from neighbours about the sound at the shows.
Did they put on much of a show?
A very, very spectacular light show, which flickered and pulsed along with every note. It complimented the gig superbly.
What was the highlight of the set?
The whole of Chvrches’ set felt supercharged, with no break in tempo or intensity, but ‘Gun’ sounded especially spectacular.
Where can I catch them next?
They’ve got a metric tonne of festival shows, including Longtitude, Bestival and Reading & Leeds festivals.