Chvrches release their single The Mother We Share. The writing and producing of the song is a collaboration of all three band members—Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. Mayberry:
It was always very important for us that we presented ourselves as a band, because it’s a three-part writing process and it’s a three-part decision making process, it’s not two producer guys and a girl that sings the songs.
Chvrches perform live at SXSW 2013 in Austin, Texas. The band played five shows total throughout the festival. Lauren Mayberry:
It was five in three days. I guess you could be one of those bands that that come to SXSW and do like 15 gigs or whatever. It was more of a quantity over quality thing. And we wanted to save the voices, because we’ve still got quite a few shows left on this tour.
Chvrches release their debut studio album, The Bones of What You Believe. It features 12 tracks including the singles, The Mother We Share and Gun. Lauren Mayberry:
We put a lot of effort as to the record as a whole. We’re not a band that subscribes to the idea that we have 3 or 4 singles as the strongest thing and the rest is just filler. We don’t consider the album to be dead as a format, and we really sequenced the album in that way and spent a lot of time on every song for that reason.
Chvrches release their single, Lies, which is originally published online as a demo track without being signed to a record label. Martin Doherty:
When Lies first went on the internet, there were loads of conspiracy theorists saying “Oh, they’ve signed this deal, or that deal, to get where they are; it’s all a big ploy’.” We were completely unsigned. We had no idea how it would go. We spent no money marketing the band. It was one person passing it to the next, or one blogger in their bedroom posting it up. Suddenly, it went everywhere. That’s something I’ll always be proud of.
Chvrches releasesLeave a Trace, the first single from their second album Every Open Eye. Mayberry:
Leave a Trace is the middle finger mic-drop. It’s about that point where you’re like, There’s no point having this conversation anyways: There will be no resolve, I won’t feel better about it, you won’t feel better about it, no outcome from this will actually change my reality.
Chvrches releaseNever Ending Circles, the second single from their album Every Open Eye. Mayberry:
When I look back at the first record, the songs I wrote about relationships on there were a bit more playing the victim kind of. I think there was a time and a place for that because that was what I was feeling at the time, but I guess now I feel a lot more positive about my personal life and I think it’s nice for me to be able to write about that as well as my bad experiences in a more assertive way.
Chvrches releaseEvery Open Eye, their second studio album, which is self-produced. The album’s title comes from the lyrics of the third single off of the album, Clearest Blue. Cook:
People don’t make albums any more. They make 11, 12 songs, and they put them out as an album but they feel like a greatest hits, or a playlist. I think I said that in reference to some contemporary pop albums that just sound like one radio hit after another. There’s no real ebb and flow, no sense of progression or telling a story, no exploration of multiple facets of an artist’s sound, just one attempt after another to deliver the hit. An album, in my opinion (and maybe this is an unfashionably traditional viewpoint), should have more breathing space, not be afraid to throw in some harder, darker, slower, longer pieces and explore a bit.
Chvrches performClearest Blue on The Late Late Show with James Corden. This song is featured on their second studio album Every Open Eye.
Chvrches: Clearest Blue
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