YMMV / CHVRCHES

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Lauren Mayberry calling out 4chan for their misogynist comments about her, saying "Dear anyone who thinks misogyny isn't real. It is and this is what it looks like." Damn!
    • Not from Meyberry herself, but this article from Gigwise also certainly counts, as it utterly dismantles the arguments that the "Leave a Trace" video features Three Minutes of Writhing...even though the "sexual" content is practically nonexistent and the "writhing" in question is far tamer than many similar videos these days.
    • Her appearance on Channel 4 News that effectively put the fiasco to bed. Her calm and collected performance during the interview is really what sells it.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Pretty much the entirety of The Bones of What You Believe.
    • The last 2 minutes and 41 seconds of "Tether" are glorious.
    • So are the last 2 minutes or so of "Clearest Blue", for similar reasons.
    • "High Enough to Carry You Over". Martin Doherty as lead + a Sophisti-Pop style = pure coolness.
    • "You Caught The Light" is just beautiful.
  • Ear Worm: "The Mother We Share", "Lies", "Gun", "Now is Not the Time", "Recover"... ah, heck, pretty much all their output.
    • A few reviews have noted that their pre-choruses are good enough to be choruses. That adds up to 20+ melodic passages on each album that repeat enough times to dig their way pretty deep into the old gray matter.
  • Even Better Sequel: Every Open Eye.
  • Face of the Band: Lauren, to the point where quite a few fans complain when Martin sings instead of her (which amounts to 3 official songs on both albums, mind you).
  • Fandom Berserk Button: The CHVRCHES fandom does not like 4chan, partly thanks to the misogyny fiasco above.
  • Fan Nickname: Lauren is occasionally spelt as Lavren
  • Growing the Beard: The band's pre-Lauren output was largely forgettable; compare the original version of "We Sink" to the album version.
  • Mondegreen: (Oh, oh, oh) I'M THE NICE GUY! (Oh, oh, oh) I'M THE GLITTER IN YOUR EYE!
    • From Bury It:
    Cover up / cover up / cover up that you're a slut (actual lyric: "that you're ruthless")
    • From Broken Bones:
    You're on your own / Rachel Jones (actual lyric: "wait til dawn")
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Lauren's voice is very angelic. Sadly, this can lead to fans going too far with their comments.
  • Signature Song: "The Mother We Share".
  • Song Association: All those who knew CHVRCHES before the appearance of "Under The Tide" in Gran Turismo 6, "The Mother We Share" in Forza Horizon 2 or the Cid Rim remix of "Recover" in Grand Theft Auto V, stand up.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "Afterglow" and "Tether". At least, the first part of the latter. And "You Caught The Light" too.
  • Tear Jerker: "Now is Not the Time".
    • "Under the Tide" also counts, in a way. The song isn't that depressing, and the lyrics seem to be—at first glance—about fixing a failed relationship. The band later revealed it was written for a recently-diseased friend who had a terminal illness, which puts the song in a more depressing light.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The effects in their videos (such as "Lies" and "The Mother We Share") are simply just phenomenal.
  • The Woobie: Lauren Mayberry. With all the misogynist comments she's received on the band's Facebook and 4chan, it's not hard to feel bad for the poor girl.
    • Iron Woobie: At one point, she wrote an editorial on The Guardian about the issue, the tone of which is firm and determined. She's made of pretty stern stuff, as this quote demonstrates:
    Lauren: During this past tour, I am embarrassed to admit that I have had more than one prolonged toilet cry and a "Come on, get a hold of yourself, you got this" conversation with myself in a bathroom mirror when particularly exasperated and tired out. But then, after all the sniffling had ceased, I asked myself: why should I cry about this? Why should I feel violated, uncomfortable and demeaned? Why should we all keep quiet?
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