Chvrches (pronounced as “churches” and stylised as CHVRCHΞS) are a Scottish synth-pop band from Glasgow, formed in September 2011. The band consists of Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. Mostly deriving from the synthpop genre, Chvrches also incorporates indietronica, indie pop, and electronic dance into their sound.
Two years after their formation, Chvrches released Recover EP in March 2013, which included hits “The Mother We Share” and “Recover”. Their debut studio album, The Bones of What You Believe, was released on 20 September 2013, while the band was ranked fifth on the Sound of 2013 list by the BBC.Two years later, on 25 September 2015, the group released their second album, Every Open Eye. Their third album, Love Is Dead, will be released in 2018.
Before Chvrches, Iain Cook was a member of Aereogramme and The Unwinding Hours. He also wrote music for film and TV.Martin Doherty was a live member of The Twilight Sad.According to Mayberry, “Iain and Martin went to university together so they’ve known each other for quite a long time.”
Lauren Mayberry performing live with Chvrches at Melt! Festival (2013)
Mayberry completed a four-year law degree followed by a Masters in Journalism.This led her into a career in freelance journalism for several years prior to music. She has played piano since childhood and drums since she was a teenager.From age 15 until 22, she played drums in various bands.Before Chvrches, Mayberry was a member of two local bands, Boyfriend/Girlfriend and Blue Sky Archives.In the latter band she was the vocalist, drummer, and keyboardist.