Sitting at The Smith on Third Avenue with two friends, I found, purchased and downloaded a $12 single ticket on StubHub to see simmering hot Scottish electro pop band Chvrches across the street at Webster Hall. Thank heavens for technology. The stylized Roman “v” was intended to help fans with Internet searches and not confuse with structural churches. So smart, those Scots. The Glasgow-based band, featuring vocalist Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, have generated a lot of buzz since they formed in 2011 in advance of their full-length debut album coming to the U.S. in September.
I’ve been following them on Facebook as they criss-cross the U.S. on their first headline tour. I always think bands consider New York the pinnacle stop on their tours. I’m such an arrogant bastard I even thought to myself that New York was going to blow Chvrches away. I was wrong. They blew me away. So confident and cool, it’s clear New York needs them. “ZVVL,” “Now is Not The Time,” “Recover” and “The Mother We Share” are their only released tracks in the U.S. right now, but each a gem. Check out my required playlist below. Clearly influenced by Prince, they closed with a cover of his classic “I Would Die 4 V.” Praise Jesvs for Chvrches.