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Chvrches (pronounced as Churches) are a Scottish alternative electronic band from Glasgow, formed in 2011. The group consists of Lauren Mayberry (main vocals, occasionally synths), Iain Cook (synths, vocals) and Martin Doherty (synths, vocals).

Previously, Mayberry was vocalist for Blue Sky Archives. Cook was a member of Aereogramme and The Unwinding Hours. Doherty was a live member of The Twilight Sad. Mayberry did a four-year law degree, followed by a Masters in journalism. She’s also a trained drummer.

The band started in October 2011 as a studio project between the long time friends Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. Cook already knew Lauren Mayberry from working with her other band and suggested her as a potential vocalist for the project.

Chvrches were influenced by acts such as Lil Wayne, Prince, Tubeway Army, Robyn and Laurie Anderson. The band write, record, mix and master everything in a basement studio in Glasgow.

In 2012, they released the singles “Lies” and “The Mother We Share”. In the same year, Chvrches toured with Passion Pit, as the opening band for their concerts. They also toured on their own.

“Lies” ranked at number 28 on NME’s Best Tracks of 2012.

Official website: http://chvrches.tumblr.com/