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Chvrches review – bubblegum pop that leaves a bad taste of niceness | Musique Non Stop

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Chvrches review – bubblegum pop that leaves a bad taste of niceness

The Dome, Brighton
The electronic trio look like goths and have a surprisingly heavy sound, but they’re just too shiny and nice

What a curious, synthetic experience it is to see Chvrches. Not that there’s ever anything amiss with pop feeling synthetic. What makes Chvrches odd is the disconnect between their live sound, a pulsating electronic wallop, and their pervasive sense of niceness. Everything about this band is black except its soul. This is vanilla EBM; goth for people who are afraid of the dark.

The Scottish trio’s first UK show since the September release of their second album, Every Open Eye, is a polite affair. But it can also be loud, visceral and bass-heavy. Singer Lauren Mayberry is a personable, self-effacing stage presence between songs, but not quite big enough during them. She is, she tells us, aiming for “60% fun”. She’s being wry, but that seems about right.

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by David Bennun via Electronic music | The Guardian