One of the many rewarding aspects of working on this blog-project-whatever is that a lot of these things that I'm trying out for the first time are actually appealing enough to merit further exploration. That first Chvrches album, for example: pretty great! The music video for "Gun", with its kaleidoscopic visuals and explosive chorus, was particularly enthralling. I went on to enjoy their latest album as well. Now that I've established some context by saying that a thing is good, it will now make sense when I tell you that I took an opportunity to go check out said thing in person.
As strong as this group's discography already is, the most entertaining aspects of this show were everything that went on around the songs. In what feels like an effort to both replicate and one-up the visual trappings of that "Gun" video, every song that they performed was accompanied by a tightly choreographed onslaught of laser lights. Between songs, Lauren Mayberry would take breaks to interact with the crowd, essentially performing little chunks of what felt like stand-up comedy material. Everyone in the crowd responded rapturously to just about everything, with many people deciding to stand up from their seats and dance the second that they first started playing.
Nothing could top Martin Doherty's turn on lead vocals, however. While Mayberry may be the band's most recognizable member and default lead singer, Chrvhces really does perform as a cohesive band (as opposed to a de-facto solo act), and Doherty took center stage towards the end of the show to perform "Under The Tide." In an incredibly endearing manner, Doherty erratically flailed around the stage while singing, performing with a manic sort of passion that I can totally get behind. As loud as the crowd was throughout the entire set, their reaction to his dancing was when they hit peak "Wooooooooooooo!"
For the vast majority of the show, Chrvches leaned into the more anthemic side of their catalogue, which is understandable. It was impressive to watch them bang out hit single after hit single without missing a beat and the entire venue crackled with energy throughout the night. Personally speaking, I wish that they would have slowed things down every once in a while to slide in one of their slower and moodier tracks, like the excellent Down Side Of Me. The cumulative effect of the show's pacing was actually a little exhausting. I had an excellent time, however, and I'll already looking forward to whatever this band does next.