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The three members of Chvrches span a wide range of both ages and previous career experiences. At 25, vocalist Lauren Mayberry is the youngest and the one with far more educational credentials than indie cred-- she's already got a law degree, a masters in journalism, and a sense of humor about the futility of such assets in today's job market. "I've always worked in cinemas or cafes to make money because it turns out freelance journalism is quite hard to get into," she admits. Meanwhile, Iain Cook, 38, and Martin Doherty, 30, were previously in brooding post-rock bands whose volcanic soft/loud dynamics positioned them as progeny of Scottish standard bearers like Mogwai and Arab Strap.
Cook was a guitarist in the underrated Aereogramme, whereas Doherty performed live with the Twilight Sad. "I'm having more fun on stage than I did with previous bands," says Doherty. "When you play aggressive rock music, or shoegaze, or whatever you want to call it, you're expected to act a certain way on stage because you can't just be smiling and jumping around." So Chvrches' keyboard-heavy pop is a tremendous shift in every way for all three in both sound and profile; their 2012 singles "Lies" and "The Mother We Share" placed Mayberry's regional accent and sweet melodies against sharp synth lines and militaristic beats, drawing immediate comparisons to the Knife and Purity Ring. A UK tour with Passion Pit followed, with their first EP, Recover, out March 26, 2013 and an LP in the works for later this year. [Pitchfork: Rising 2/27/13]