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CHVRCHES (pronounced "Churches") is a Scottish Synth-Pop trio, formed in 2011 in Glasgow.

The members consist of Lauren Mayberry (lead vocals, additional synthesizers), Iain Cook (synthesizers, guitar, bass, additional vocals) and Martin Doherty (synthesizers, samplers, additional vocals, and occasional lead vocals).

CHVRCHES discography

  • Recover EP (2013)
  • Gun EP (2013)
  • EP (2013; Japan only)
  • The Bones of What You Believe (2013)
    Singles: "Lies" (2012; 2013 [re-recorded version]), "The Mother We Share" (2012), "Recover" (2013), "Gun" (2013), "We Sink" (2014), "Under the Tide" (2014)
  • "Dead Air" (2014, for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1)
  • "Get Away" (2014)
  • Every Open Eye (2015)
    Singles: "Leave a Trace" (2015), "Never Ending Circles" (2015), "Clearest Blue" (2015), "Empty Threat" (2015)
  • "Warning Call" (2016, for Mirror's Edge: Catalyst)
  • Love Is Dead (2018)
    Singles: "Get Out" (2018), "My Enemy" (2018), "Miracle" (2018)
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  • "Death Stranding" (2019, for Death Stranding: Timefall)
  • Screen Violence (2021)
    Singles: "He Said She Said" (2021), "How Not To Drown" (feat. Robert Smith, 2021), “Good Girls” (2021)

"The Tropes We Share"

  • A Day in the Limelight/Step Up to the Microphone: Martin Doherty performs on "ZVVL", "Under the Tide" and "You Caught the Light".
    • On Every Open Eye, he is the lead singer on "High Enough to Carry You Over". It's Sophisti-Pop style fits his voice extremely well. He also sings lead on "Follow You", a bonus song that was later included in the Extended Edition.
    • Love is Dead features his vocal stylings on "God's Plan", with Lauren singing backup.
  • Album Closure: "Broken Bones," the last track (and closest thing to a Title Track) on The Bones of What You Believe, is an ominous, dystopian-sounding story song distinct from the upbeat Synth-Pop of the rest of the album.
  • Album Title Drop: A semi-example; the title's dropped in the bonus track "Strong Hand," rather than the album proper. "Give me the bones of what you believe / Maybe they'll save you from me..."
    • "Clearest Blue" drops Every Open Eye, although it comes nearly again in a mention of "Open your eyes" in "High Enough to Carry You Over".
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  • Alternative Dance
  • Animated Music Video:
    • "Under The Tide", although shots of Martin singing are sprinkled throughout.
    • The Jamie McKelvie-directed "Bury It" with Hayley Williams. The four are featured flying around and playing with telekinesis.
  • Boléro Effect: "Tether".
  • The Cameo: Hayley Williams pops up on an remixed version of "Bury It", and Robert Smith appears on "How Not to Drown".
  • 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".
  • Downer Ending: On first listen, "Under the Tide" seems to be about a couple working through a failed relationship. However, in an interview with the lead singer, the band revealed it was written for a friend with terminal illness who recently passed. This information casts the song in a new, more depressing light.
  • Ending Theme: "Death Stranding" for the game of the same name.
  • Fading into the Next Song: "Night Sky" —> "Science/Visions" on The Bones of What You Believe, and "ii" —> "Wonderland" on Love is Dead.
  • Fly Or Die: This happens to Martin when the gang tries out their telekinetic powers on themselves in the music video for ''Bury It."
  • 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 Album Theming: Both of their first two albums have an Album Title Drop, but Love is Dead broke the chain. There's a subtler one as well: their first album has a song called "Lies", the second references "Lies" in "Never Ending Circles", and the third references "Never Ending Circles" in "Miracle".
  • 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.
    • Every Open Eye dropped that design, this time focusing on pictures of flowers with mosaic-like squares put over them.
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: "ii"
  • Indie Pop
  • Last Note Nightmare: "We Sink" ends with some weird digital gurgling, which sound like the bottom of the sea.
  • 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".
  • Older Than She Looks: Lauren turned 32 in 2019 but looks (and sounds) much younger.
  • Perky Goth: The video for "Empty Threat" is about a group of goth teens passing time with some underage drinking and smoking before heading to the waterpark and having some fun. Lauren herself was a Perky Goth as a teenager and still dresses in all black or black and white when she can.
  • Precision F-Strike: "The Mother We Share", "We Sink" and "Good Girls".
  • Religion Rant Song: "Deliverance" can be interpreted this way.
  • Retraux: Their songs sound like they came out of the 1980s.
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  • Surreal Music Video: "Gun".
  • Synth-Pop
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Two Guys (Iain Cook and Martin Doherty) and a Girl (Lauren Mayberry)
  • While Rome Burns: The lyrics to "Death Stranding" suggest this at The End of the World as We Know It:
    You can take my heart
    And hold it together as we fall apart
    Maybe together we can make a mark in the stars we embark
    And keep us together as the lights go dark
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: They're named this way so they could be easier to Google.
    • Also "ZVVL".