CHVRCHES (Formed 2011)
CHVRCHES are an electronic band from Scotland, consisting of the members Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty. They are better known for their singles, "The Mother We Share", and "Recover".

Formation: Iain Cook (guitar, bass, vocals, synthesisers) was a member of Aereogramme and The Unwinding Hours, as well as a music writer for film and TV, before he became a member of CHVRCHES. Martin Doherty (synthesisers, samplers, vocals) was a live member of The Twilight Sad. Iain and Martin also went to University together. Lauren Mayberry (Lead vocals, additional synthesisers, samplers) was previously a member of Blue Sky Archives. She also completed a four-year law degree, and also achieved masters in Journalism. She was a freelance journalist before becoming a musician.

Music Career: From the age of 15 to 22, Mayberry played the drums in various bands. She was a former member of Blue Sky Archives, and Boyfriend/Girlfriend. In September 2011, Cook was producing an EP for Blue Sky Archives. He was working on a project with Doherty, and decided to get Mayberry to sing on a couple of demos. For seven or eight months, the three wrote together in Glasgow. After an effective bunch of sessions together, the trio decided to form a new band. They chose the name CHVRCHES, using the Roman 'V' in order to differentiate themselves from other Internet searches. They also pointed out that the name had no religious connotations. In May 2012, the band released an official free download, "Lies", which was available from the blog of Neon Gold Label. The band released their official debut single, "The Mother We Share" in November 2012. The band was featured in the Guardians "new bands of the day". They performed their debut gig at the Artschool Glasgow, Scotland, on the 5th of July 2012. On NME's best tracks of 2012, "Lies" reached number 28. On The Huffington Post, "The Mother We Share" reached number 51 on the "top 52 songs of 2012". The band ranked 5th on the BBC's "Sound of 2013", on the list of most promising new music talent. CHVRCHES signed to Glassnote Records in January 2013. The owner of Glassnote Records, Daniel Glass, had previously received copies of "Lies" and "Recover" in November 2012. He had also seen the band perform three times in the UK. In February 2013, CHVRCHES released their second single "Recover". The band performed at SXSW, in March 2013, and won the Inaugural Grulke prize, for "non US talent". The band performed "The Mother We Share" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, on 19th June 2013. This was their US TV debut. They released their single "Gun" in July 2013. CHVRCHES supported Depeche Mode on four shows in July 2013, on The Delta Machine Tour 2013. On 'Later. With Jools Holland', they performed "The Mother We Share", in September 2013. The bands debut studio album, "The Bones of What You Believe" was released on 20th September 2013, through Virgin Records. Their track "We Sink" was included on the official soundtrack of FIFA 2014.

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