Pop all-stars Chvrches set out this fall on a North American headliner, with support from Lo Moon, in honor of their latest full-length release Love Is Dead. The new album embraces many sounds found in today’s mainstream music while still harnessing the sparkling electronics we know and love from the band. Chvrches have seen great praise in regard to the new album, as deserved, so celebrating with a multi-sold-out-show tour was more than fitting. Getting to witness Chvrches in action on stage again during their sold-out two-night residency at Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA this past weekend was more than magical.
When Chvrches hit the stage one by one to their dimly-lit, foggy atmosphere, the crowd was screaming wildly, almost maniacally. Fans of all ages--from toddlers to the elderly--stood up with their hands (and phones) in the air as the band started the rhythmic intro to “Get Out”. Truthfully, I was surprised by the diversity in the crowd and pleased by their energy. The first time I had finally seen Chvrches live was earlier this year at Governors Ball music festival, which was a rather indifferent experience since the majority of their crowd weren’t real fans, just patrons waiting for headliner Eminem to go on. Being at a Chvrches headliner show was a totally euphoric experience, with their complete production glowing radiantly, beats blaring, and band members performing at full force.
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Of course, the majority of their set list held songs off of Love Is Dead like “Deliverance”, “Forever”, “Graves”, “Miracle”, and album opener “Graffiti” to name a few. Like any Chvrches show, vocalist Lauren Mayberry and vocalist/keyboardist Martin Doherty switched roles for “God’s Plan” and “Under The Tide”, showcasing the musical balance the band really has. Even though this tour was in support of Love Is Dead, we still saw a good amount of tracks off Chvrches’ past such as “Bury It” and “Leave A Trace” from Every Open Eye, and “Gun” and “Recover” from The Bones Of What You Believe. Closing out the night, Lo Moon came out for an encore song singing a band-wide duet cover of The Blue Nile’s “The Downtown Lights”, before Chvrches sent us off with “The Mother We Share” and an extended version of “Never Say Die”.
Aside from being musical geniuses, Chvrches had a solid comedy act going on in between songs, too. Mayberry told us a great story about her first baseball game in America, relating to the “Bostonians” and their serendipitous game season. There was also a short-lived Drowning Pool sing-along, and the crowd roared when Mayberry showed off her screamo skills yelling, “Let the bodies hit the floor.” The night was certainly one full of dancing, laughter, and undeniably uplifting energy--a perfect way to end this North American run.
Though the tour ended with the subsequent Boston date, Chvrches will be back to the US for a few remaining shows, including the Not So Silent Night event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on December 6th, alongside Florence + the Machine, Muse, Death Cab For Cutie, and more. Chvrches will also be taking their album support tour to Europe, the UK, and Ireland this winter.
The Love Is Dead album dropped May 25, 2018, via Virgin EMI Records and Goodbye Records.