By Graeme Wiggins
September 27, 2018
It is notably fitting that Chrvches lead singer Lauren Mayberry was wearing a Blondie shirt. Both acts feature strong, icy cool front people who command the stage, with a band that generally lets the focus be on the the singer. From the opening notes of “Get Out” Mayberry took on that focus with aplomb, dancing, spinning and singing across all edges of the stage. She was joined by Martin Doherty and Iain Cook whose actions were mostly hidden behind banks of screens and keyboards.
An exception to the dynamic was when Martin stepped forward on the mic of frontman to sing two of the group’s songs “God’s Plan” a cut from Love Is Dead which while not showcasing his skills as singer, did show his energy and drive to get the crowd going. His other song was on ‘Under The Tide,’ a slow-burning number, where his vocals didn’t fill the room. Mayberry came back after that, thankfully, took the reins, and powered through “Miracle”. Live, it’s dubsteppy breakdown was louder and more intense, and that Mayberry could belt it out over top of it really showed the power of her vocals.
The set pulled from all three of their albums and choices tended to be the more upbeat numbers.. Older cuts from their 2013 debut album The Bones Of What You Believe ‘Gun’ and ‘We Sink’ were highlights but newer songs like ‘Graffiti’ and ‘Miracle’ held their own. The Vancouver crowd was appreciative to be sure but it was kind of weird that the crowd really only took it the next level of energy on the last couple of songs, “Leave A Trace” and “Clearest Blue” which left only and encore of “The Mother We Share” and “Never Say Die” at a super high energy level. This was no fault of the band, however, who proves their brand of pop translates well to a live setting.chvrches, Commodore Ballroom