is a Scottish synthpop
trio. The members consist of Lauren Mayberry (lead vocals, additional synthesizers), Iain Cook (synthesizers, guitar, bass, additional vocals) and Martin Doherty (synthesizers, samplers, additional vocals).
- "Lies" (2012)
- "The Mother We Share" (UK: 2012, US: 2013)
- "Recover" (2013)
- Recover EP (2013)
- "Gun" (2013)
- Gun EP (2013)
- EP (2013; Japan only)
- The Bones of What You Believe (2013)
- "Lies" (2013; re-recorded version)
Tropes related to CHVRCHES
- A Day in the Limelight: Martin Doherty performs on "ZVVL", "Under the Tide" and "You Caught the Light".
- Album Title Drop: "Strong Hand": "Give me the bones of what you believe / Maybe they'll save you from me"
- Bolero Effect: "Tether"
- Cover Version: "I Would Die 4 U", stylised as "I Would Die 4 V", "It's Not Right But It's Okay" and "Bela Lugosi's Dead".
- Fading into the Next Song: "Night Sky" —> "Science/Visions" on The Bones of What You Believe.
- Genre Shift: "ZVVL" and the two remixes of "Recover" sound very much out of place on Recover EP.
- Genre Throwback: To 1980s synthpop.
- Gratuitous Panning: On "The Mother We Share", the opening "Oh ah oh oh oh ah" vocals repeatedly bounce back and forth between the left and right channels.
- Idiosyncratic Cover Art: The cover of Recover EP shows a symbol with three V shapes on it. The cover of "Gun' shows a symbol with three circles. The cover of The Bones of What You Believe combines both symbols.
- Last Note Nightmare: "We Sink" ends with some weird digital gurgling.
- Lyrical Cold Open: "Recover", "ZVVL", "Tether", "Night Sky", "Strong Hand" and "Broken Bones".
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Gun" has rather violent lyrics for an upbeat electro-rock song.
- As is "By the Throat".
- Most of their music could count.
- Non-Appearing Title: "ZVVL"
- Not Christian Rock: Despite the name, they're not a Christian band. They chose the name because it "sounded cool".
- One of Us: Lauren has degrees in law and journalism, and the whole band are fans of 80s films and music, including A Nightmare on Elm Street and Purple Rain.
- Precision F-Strike: "The Mother We Share" and "We Sink".
- Retraux: Their songs sound like they came out of the 1980s.
- Shout-Out: The title of "ZVVL" appears to be one to Ghostbusters.
- Surreal Music Video: "Gun"
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: They're named this way so they could be easier to Google.