CHVRCHES Captivates Maxed Out Pageant
Within moments after taking the stage Glasgow synth-pop trio CHVRCHES (pronounced Churches) made it abundantly clear they had brought the goods to The Pageant in St. Louis.
Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty may have vast and diverse professional backgrounds but these three are equal parts brilliant on stage and off together. The 2012 break out act released a series of EPs produced in their basement that made record execs mouths water but it was the cult following that allowed the band to hand select the label that would ultimately allow them their creative freedom.
The maxed out room swayed and grooved in stride with the vigorous beats laid down by Doherty while Cook’s intertwined rhythms on bass and keys filled the gaps. Mayberry’s aluminous vocals (backed by Doherty & Cook) filled the room with harmonies possessing the crowd to sing along.
“We Sink” set a mind numbing pace for the 12 song journey with accompanying light show so intense The Pageant had posted warnings at each entrance making patrons well aware of the intensity of strobes before entering. Mayberry took a few chances to talk with the crowd between songs, once even poking fun of the Pageants “in your face” ads via LED screens for upcoming shows. Things really heated up on “Under the Tide” as Doherty seemed to attack the mic while leading on vocals. His frenzied dancing caused the pit to erupt with a kinetic liveliness. “By the Throat” closed out the 60 minute romp that was delightfully tight; the velvety-richness oozing from the Pageants sound system couldn’t have sounded any better.
Under the Tide
The Mother We Share
You Caught the Light
By the Throat