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It’s a little known fact that Chvrches’ Martin Doherty used to play keyboards in The Twilight Sad; a band who have only just broken into the realm of popularity after ten years of musical graft. Doherty’s present band has taken less than half that time to gain monumental success.

Chvrches’ 2013 debut, The Bones Of What You Believe, gained them widespread acclaim and was an instant hit for the synth pop Scots. This years’ follow-up release, Every Open Eye, utilises a similar formulae to the one that played on the sounds of 80s electronic acts like Depeche Mode, Eurhythmics and New Order. Again, it’s an album of sure-fire pop hits, with singer Lauren Mayberry reeling off chorus after chorus over heaps of reverb-soaked euphoria and neatly constructed synth arpeggios. It’s not just Mayberry that shines on the singing front though; Doherty himself provides some solid vocals on High Enough To Carry You Over, a song that could easily have made it onto the Drive soundtrack.

The album is a powerful force that will no doubt be something of a thrill live when performed at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Saturday 21st November. After Mayberry’s recent performance with The National, Chvrches are in higher demand than ever – so it’s probably wise to catch them before they get any bigger.

Chvrches play O2 Academy, Newcastle on Saturday 21st November.

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