Chvrches – The Forum, March 14th 2014
I’m an infrequent contributor to this blog (I hate writing, it feels like homework), but I think I may have mentioned Chvrches before. In case you’ve been under a rock for the past 18 months here’s a recap: Scottish. Electropop. One of the most enjoyable albums of last year.
I remember being blown away by their energy, the songs and the atmosphere they created the very first time I saw them and luckily, they have lost none of this on their ascent.
This was the first of two sold out shows at the 2100 capacity Forum in Kentish Town, their biggest headline gigs to date!
They were supported by SOAK, the first signing to their label Goodbye Records.
Her voice is pretty stunning and first single Blud has been earworming it’s way around my head ever since. I think she would benefit from being seen in smaller venues, where her voice could fill the whole room and with an audience that was giving her their full attention. Chvrches has no problem filling the room. They may have looked small on the stage, but they sounded huge. They played the majority of their debut album The Bones of What You Believe to the enthusiastic crowd. I am poor at describing the feelings that music gives me, but rest assured that they are all positive. As my lovely friend Liz said, “I am in love”.For me, the only blip in the evening came in the form of the encore (I hate a bloody encore). Having finished the main set with The Mother We Share, a perfect song to end the evening on, a song to let people leave feeling elated and a sense of togetherness that we’ve all experienced something simultaneously, they then came back on and played two album tracks.
Although there’s nothing wrong with these songs and I would have happily heard them any other time in the set, I would have preferred to end the set on a high, end wanting more. This is the seventh(!) time I’ve seen Chvrches, and though I’d happily see them again tomorrow, I think it’s time for them to step back from the live performances and spend some time working on new material. I can barely wait to see what they come up with.
See more from photos from the gig on Flickr. Click for either Soak or Chvrches (or both)!
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