Eye of the tiger

Chrvches takes cen­trestage at Tiger Jams tonight with a more dy­namic set.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC - By MICHAEL CHEANG en­ter­tain­ment@ thes­tar. com. my

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Tiger Jams Cen­ter­stage, visit Tiger Beer’s Face­book page www. face­book. com/ tiger­beer, or www. tiger jams. com.

Chvrches worked with lo­cal elec­tron­ica artist Rozella on a spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion for Tiger Jams Cen­trestage. — Handout

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