Eye of the tiger
Chrvches takes centrestage at Tiger Jams tonight with a more dynamic set.
CANADIAN synth- pop band Chv rches played in Malaysia for the first time in Nov ember 2014, and was well- receiv ed by local music fans.
Tonight, they will take the stage on Malaysian soil once more at the Tiger Jams Centrestage ev ent at Rhapsody Square, Trec, Kuala Lumpur.
Formed in 2011 as a studio project between long- time friends Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, with Lauren Mayberry joining later on as a lead v ocalist, Chv rches ( they replaced the ‘ U’ with ‘ V’ to increase their online presence) released their debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe in 2013.
Spawning singles like The Mother We Share, Recover and Gun, the album was named one of Billboard’s 15 Best Albums of 2013. The band released its second album, Every Open Eye, last year.
Besides Chv rches, Tiger Jams Centrestage will also feature performances by the top three Tiger Jams finalists – Rozella, Son of a Policeman, Donamarie; as well as The Sam Willows ( Singapore), ToNick ( Hong Kong) and Darren Ashley ( Malaysia). The v enue will also showcase art pieces by Tiger Jams’ local v isual artist, Donald Abraham, Kenji Chai and Flex.
Chv rches inv olv ement in Tiger Jams extends to more than just tonight’s performance – the band also handpicked Kota Kinabalu electronica artiste Rozella for a special collaboration on her song Home To You.
In an e- mail interv iew, Star2 learnt what to expect from Chv rches tonight, and gained some insight into their liv es, music and future plans.
You last played herein 2014. What can we expect from your show this time around?
When we played here last time, we only really had one album worth of songs to choose from.
So, now with two albums under our belts, the set can be more dynamic and v aried. Also we hav e played a ton of shows since then so we hav e probably gotten quite a bit better as a liv e band.
Th e band h as been p retty relentles s in th e tim e s ince th at 2014 s h ow, touring cons tantly and releas ing a new album las t year. How do you k eep yours elves from ever burning out, or getting s ick of one anoth er?
It’s a bit like a close family really. There are highs and lows but ultimately we get through them because we lov e making music together.
You hear horror stories of bands trav elling on separate tour buses and flights, but we aren’t like that at all. We still hang out and hav e fun together on the road.
I guess we are lucky in that regard. We don’t burn out because we learned lessons from the first album and take little breaks more regularly.
Also it’s good to hav e hobbies on the road: mov ies, v ideogames, books, etc.
Every Open Eye seems more structured and polished than your debut. Was this the intention from the beginning?
No band ev er wants to just repeat what they hav e done before. Every Open Eye is a record that just flew out of the studio. We wrote and recorded and mixed it in fiv e months whereas the first one took a lot longer because we were working other jobs.
Every Open Eye was an intense record to make but we feel now that it was the right thing to do – to get right back out on the road as quickly as possible and make a v ery immediate sounding album.
Are there any plans for a third album in the near future? If so, what direction do you plan on taking it?
There is a lot of talk at this point in Chv rches HQ about the third album. It’s v ery exciting to us all but nothing concrete has been decided at this point.
We will finish touring in October in the US and then probably take some time to rest and start writing properly in the spring of 2017. We want to take more time ov er the third album and explore some new sounds and approaches to songwriting.
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Chvrches worked with local electronica artist Rozella on a special collaboration for Tiger Jams Centrestage. — Handout