Though Chvrches' first single, "Lies," appeared to drop from nowhere to a flurry of click-happy fans on YouTube, the members have all done their time with other outfits.
"Some people might perceive us as a band that has broken in a year and has gone from nothing to sizeable venues everywhere, but that’s not the truth behind the personalities in the band," says keyboardist Martin Doherty. “You can’t get to this point in your career without understanding what it means to go through seven levels of s—.”
The band also includes guitarist Iain Cook and singer Lauren Mayberry, whose otherworldly siren-like vocals coupled with the band's perky 1980s synth has taken their debut album “The Bones of What You Believe” from must-have desktop download to venue floor-filler. In conversation as onstage, the members of this Scottish band have a palpable rapport. But unlike the images they might project onstage, they insist that they are defiantly not cool.
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Mayberry shares an anecdote: "A friend said to me recently, 'technically you have all the hallmarks of what could be a hipster but I know what you’re really like and I can’t think of anyone less hipster-ish.'"
"I’m a card-carrying nerd," boasts Cook.
Doherty seeks to differentiate himself.
"I have a high level of technical understanding."
And with this, Mayberry leans into him, "That’s exactly what a nerd would say. It’s interesting to know and learn things."