PICS: Chvrches at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre

Take us to chvrch: Chvrches broke out the infectious electro-pop during their recent show at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre.

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The group -- which hails from Glasgow, Scottland -- tore through an 18-song set during the Sept. 20 concert.
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The show was the band's first time back in San Diego since their 2016 show at the Observatory North Park.
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They even performed the live debut of two new songs at the SD show -- "Really Gone" and "Deliverance."
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Lauren Mayberry (pictured) is the frontwoman for the group. She has played piano since she was a child, and drums since she was a teenager -- and before Chvrches, she a member of two bands, Boyfriend/Girlfriend and Blue Sky Archives.
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Martin Doherty (pictured) is a multi-instrumentalist/producer and was a touring member of the Twilight Sad previously. He started the Chvrches project with Iain Cook initially, as they'd gone to university together.
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Cook (pictured) is also multi-instrumentalist/producer. Before Chvrches got its start, he played in Aereogramme and the Unwinding Hours, as well as writing music for TV and film. Cook was producing Blue Sky Archives' EP at one point and asked Mayberry to sing on a couple songs he was demo'ing with Doherty.
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The rest, as they say, is history. They wrote together for seven or eight months and decided to form a new band. Chvrches members have said the band name has no "religious connotation ... it just sounded cool."
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In early 2013, they released their debut "Recover" EP. Later that year, they performed on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and supported Depeche Mode on their "Delta Machine Tour."
On Sept. 20, 2013, the band released their first full-length studio album, "The Bones of What You Believe," via Virgin Records.
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Two years later, they released their sophomore album, "Every Open Eye." It spawned the singles "Leave a Trace," "Never Ending Circles," "Clearest Blue" and "Empty Threat."
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Chvrches released their third studio album, "Love Is Dead," earlier this year. The band collaborated with David Stewart (from Eurythmics) and Matt Berninger (from the National) during production.
The band performed the following songs during their Sept. 20 show (courtesy of "Get Out," "Gun," "Bury It," "We Sink," "Graffiti," "Graves," "God's Plan"...
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Followed by "Under the Tide," "Miracle," "Science/Visions," "Really Gone," "Deliverance," "Forever," "Recover," "Leave a Trace," "Clearest Blue," "The Mother We Share" and "Never Say Die." What a phenomenal show, please come back soon!
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