Chvrches is one of those band names -- deceptively simple, but then you're all like, "Ch-ch-ver-ches?" Before taking the stage at tonight's (September 20) Artist To Watch Live event, the Scottish trio spoke with MTV Hive about band names and whether or not there any good ones.
"I think if you think about it, at the end of the day all band names are terrible or all band names are amazing," said lead singer Lauren Mayberry. "If you think about it, it's a strange concept, 'This is what you should refer to us collectively as and we will answer to nothing but that.' It's quite silly if you think about it. But, yeah, I think we just wanted something that had a strong visual element and that was short and powerful and I think that's what we came up with. But I maintain that any names of great bands are quite silly when you think about them. Like Radiohead is quite a silly name, but it's a great name."
Iain Cook added, "As much as I love them as well, Arctic Monkeys is such a weird name, but a great band," while Martin Doherty asserted, "TV on the Radio is a good name for a band."
The final verdict: No band name is good or bad but the music makes it so.
Chvrches has managed to build up a solid wall of buzz this past year — all on the power of their excellent Recover EP, which dropped in March. Replete with danceable yet darkly driving jams — cut through with Lauren Mayberry’s bell-toned voice — the EP has had us slathering for full-length effort, The Bones of What You Believe, which drops later this month. It’s currently streaming on NPR — and on repeat in our eardrums.
Our hunger to hear their newest effort is precisely why Hive has selected Chvrches to perform at our next Artist To Watch Live event, streaming right here from The Studio at Webster Hall on Friday, September 20th, at 10:00 p.m. EST. The band has played SXSW and opened for the likes of Passion Pit and Depeche Mode. Now is your chance to see them — before they blow up any further — in an intimate setting. Tune in tonight to see it all go down!
The Bones of What You Believe is out on September 24 on Glassnote. Pre-order link here.