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Byline: JULES BOYLE

Chvrches Barrowland, Glasgow 08.03.14 PLAYING your first headline show at the Barrowland is an achievement for any band but it must be something really special for a Glasgow outfit.

Chvrches certainly seemed to be delighted to be there anyway, with both Lauren Mayberry and Martin Doherty taking the time to admit how blown away they were to be on that famous stage.

The trio's meteoric rise from local heroes to international stars is showing no sign of slowing, with tickets for this homecoming show selling out in minutes.

The one drawback to their rapid popularity is that they only had the one album of material to draw on, meaning their set came in at just under the hour mark. Fortunately, it didn't matter too much as the lack of fillers meant each perfectly-pitched burst of electropop made a real impact.

Tracks such as We Sink and Tether were built around waves of pulsating techno, while the glacial electro of Lungs and Night Sky left space for Mayberry's gorgeous vocals to cut loose.

It was on Under The Tide that Chvrches really did the damage though, with Doherty taking over on vocals as he thrashed around the stage to its pounding pneumatic rhythm.

As triumphant as this show was, it's still early days for Chvrches - but you just know that the best is yet to come.

JULES BOYLE
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 14, 2014
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