Glasgow, Scotland’s electro-pop trio CHVRCHES have been busy on their North-American tour. Their debut album The Bones Of What You Believe will be released September 23rd, and we can’t wait to get our hands on the record. AMBY recently had a very nice chat with CHVRCHES’ Martin Doherty over the phone, so have a read as we spoke with him about what to expect from The Bones Of What You Believe, dancing audiences, and trying to not fall flat on their faces!
AMBY: What’s the band been up to lately?
CHVRCHES: The band are in the middle of a North-American tour at the moment. We’ve been through the west coast and Texas and we’re currently in Chicago and having a really good time.
AMBY: That’s awesome to hear! And how would you describe CHVRCHES’ sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
CHVRCHES: I guess it’s kind of bold-pop music, but when I get asked it’s usually pop. I believe it’s a little more twisted than the average chart music, or whatever. But it still maintains a sense of melody.
AMBY: Alright, and we hear you’ve been recording your debut record! What can fans expect from it?
CHVRCHES: I think you can probably expect a bit more dance than what you get from the other singles we’ve released so far. And know that we’re not just about radio songs, I think it’s important to us that we have an overall piece of work. I hate the idea that the album format is dead, so we’re just trying to make a proper, decent, full-length album.
AMBY: Great! We have to tell you that we think Gun’s a wicked song. What’s the story behind it?
CHVRCHES: I don’t really know, actually! I don’t know. I think that’s sort of the thing that’s good about lyrics is that you can- it’s all up to interpretation, you know. It’s personal enough that people can relate to it but also universal that you can think about it as whatever you want. You know?
AMBY: Yea, for sure. Does hailing from Glasgow have an influence on your music? And if so, how?
CHVRCHES: Hailing from Glasgow… I suppose it does in a way. Maybe not overall in the sound but on one hand, it usually always rains and in that case there’s not much to do. But it kind of drives people into the studio and encourages people to form bands.
AMBY: Gives you something to do!
CHVRCHES: [laughs] Certainly! It has certainly been a challenge for majority of the band, because it’s not like we can go outside and play sports or whatever, since it’s all thanks to the rain.
AMBY: As you mentioned before, the band’s recently embarked on a pretty large tour. So what’s the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?
CHVRCHES: I was once on stage behind this light and it was kind of annoying but mildly amusing these days. There’s no access from the front of the stage sometimes to the back, and we got this big wall of lights. Every night, what happened is that we’d tiptoe around these lights and try not to fall on our faces. [laughs] And no one has fallen yet. Actually, something happened at a festival where we were playing on a stage, and it started pouring rain during the show. And the entire stage was just covered in water. The guy who was on after us certainly fell flat on his face.
AMBY: Aw [laughs]. Speaking of being on tour, what’s one your favourite cities in the world to play?
CHVRCHES: There’s so many highlights. The obvious ones being New York, and Los Angeles, and here in Chicago. I’m really looking forward to Toronto as well—the show that we had the last time was amazing. I think my favourite place is probably Berlin; we recently played a concert at this place called Berghain and we put on a show and it was incredible. One of my favourites.
AMBY: Awesome. Well, we have one last tour question for you.
AMBY: How would you compare the UK audiences to the North American ones?
CHVRCHES: North American audiences dance a lot more.
AMBY: Yea! [laughs]
CHVRCHES: Which is a positive in my eyes, for sure. Maybe you guys appreciate that we sort of traveled from a long way, you know?
CHVRCHES: I think it’s maybe that British audiences expect you to be there, whereas American audiences are pleased to see you. Love that, anyways.
AMBY: Now we have a couple of our more goofy questions, so here we go.
AMBY: Alright! So if you could hang out with any of your influences for a day, who would you choose and what would you do?
CHVRCHES: I would hang out with Robert Smith, and I would get him to teach me how to do his hair and makeup.
AMBY: [laughs] Jet black! Perfect. And which artists have you been listening to lately?
CHVRCHES: I’ve been listening to Rustie, a lot. He’s a producer from Glasgow. He’s really great and I’m excited to see what he does next. He was on Warp, and before he released some stuff on the Numbers. label, another interesting Scottish entertainment electronic label. He’s collaberating with Danny Brown on his new record. So, I think that will be pretty amazing.
AMBY: Great, we’ll have to check him out. Now we’re on the topic of bands that you’re into, so what would you say is the best song of the year so far?
CHVRCHES: Oh, you just caught me off guard. I can’t even think! Let’s go with Slasherr by Rustie. That’s my song of the year so far.
AMBY: And for our very last question, what’s something about CHVRCHES that most people don’t know yet?
CHVRCHES: Lauren has got the best Gollum impression. Gollum and Sméagol [laughs].