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Electro indie Australians Mansionair are signed to Chvrches’ Goodbye Records label and you can hear the shared influences of both bands, with Mansonair proving to be a devastatingly perfect choice as support. Live, their tracks are soul-soothingly slick pieces of chill pop, with warm, bright atmospheres.

Chvrches second album Every Open Eye has maintained their position as one of the most consistent UK bands of late, with a sharp eye for devising kinetic synth-pop tunes. But it’s their debut album that shines live, in a set of relentless energy and explosive moments. The band’s backdrop is a grid of flickering lights and beats, which coalesce through Ian Cook and Martin Doherty’s zippy bass samples and drum triggers. They glow in alien-green on the rumbling Science/Vision, whilst on Gun, a triangular shape forms an alter-like centrepiece on the stage. At the heart of it all is Lauren Mayberry’s petite shadow, fist-pumping the air in a triumphant parade. It’s a tireless performance which distracts from some slightly awkward and muffled banter between songs. But Chvrches are a versatile trio –the interchangeable nature of Mayberry and Doherty’s vocal/instrumental talents being a major plus, with the latter transforming into a solid frontman for Under The Tides, stirring up the packed-out crowd. Mayberry mucks in on drums on a couple of occasions, raising the songs to a whole new level of euphoria. They finish off naturally with The Mother We Share, to end a night of pure synth-pop perfection. When the electronic cogs of Chvrches well-oiled machine are spinning, they could just be one of the best live bands around.

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