One of the UK’s hottest acts are heading to the North East in support of their eagerly anticipated second album.
Glaswegian trio Chvrches return to Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Saturday, November 21 - by which time fans will have had a good two months to soak up forthcoming LP Every Open Eye.
The new record follows 2013’s The Bones of What You Believe, which was released to huge acclaim and is rapidly approaching the million-seller mark.
Its likely success will cap a remarkable rise for the group, who converged from vastly different musical backgrounds to form arguably Britain’s most vital pop outfit.
Indeed, prior to forming in 2011, Iain Cook had made his name in noisy post rockers Aerogramme, while fellow multi-instrumentalist Martin Doherty had been a touring member of ear-splitting gloom mongers The Twilight Sad.
Frontwoman Lauren Mayberry too had cut her teeth in a number of bands, on top of becoming a fully qualified journalist and forming her own feminist collective, TYCI.
Nevertheless, the three-piece wasted no time in proving their pop credentials, with anthems like Recover, Gun and The Mother We Share each boasting a potent mix of crystal-clear vocals, technicolour synths and unashamed hooks; equipped with both the sparkle for radio and the punch for the live arena.
This obvious chemistry - which saw them survive a mammoth 364 shows in two years - is bound by their insistence on operating a band dynamic, although, as Doherty acknowledges, there’s no doubting the star of the show.
“We could have sold 200,000 more albums if we’d hidden Iain and I from view and put Lauren on the cover of every magazine,” he told The Guardian, “but there’s 100 of those acts and that stuff goes away,”
Sadly, that star quality has come at a cost, as Mayberry has been forced to endure a constant and depressing stream of misogynist online abuse.
It’s an issue that’s raised its ugly head once more in the run-up to the new record, with the frontwoman’s recent appearance on Newsnight adding to the widely-celebrated article she penned back in 2013 denouncing the same online trolls.
It says much for her and her bandmates’ qualities, then, that these unsavoury episodes have never threatened to overshadow their music, which appears to be going from strength to strength.
This much is evident on stunning current single Leave A Trace, where Cook and Doherty display a verve and Mayberry a range and defiance only hinted at in previous cuts.
And these bigger, bolder developments also shine in two other new tracks, the spiralling album opener Never Ending Circles and the sparkling euphoria of Clearest Blue.
It all promises great things ahead of the record’s September 25 release, as well as a highlight in the live calendar of their ever-growing fanbase.
• Tickets for the Academy date are £20.18 from (08444) 772000 or online HERE.