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

"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", although unlike the other tracks Lauren's voice can still be heard on backup vocals.
  • 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".
  • 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.
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  • Boléro Effect: "Tether".
  • The Cameo: Hayley Williams pops up on an remixed version of "Bury It".
  • 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" and "We Sink".
  • Religion Rant Song: "Deliverance" can be interpreted this way.
  • Retraux: Their songs sound like they came out of the 1980s.
  • Shout-Out:
  • 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".

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