Chvrches play new material at new, free NME magazine launch party

The band preview tracks from new album 'Every Open Eye' to celebrate the new, free NME magazine

Chvrches played new material at the launch party for the new, free NME magazine last night (Sep 17).

The Scottish trio took to the stage at Electrowerkz, London to perform to a packed crowd welcoming the launch of the new, free NME magazine available from over 500 locations across the UK today (Friday September 18).

Taking to the stage at 9pm, frontwoman Lauren Mayberry confessed she was in recovery mode and had been “surviving on Lemsip” in order to reach the gig. Before the audience could respond, the band launched into ‘Clearest Blue’, the most recent track shared online from their forthcoming second album ‘Every Open Eye’, to be released on September 25.

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Dressed in a black and white striped tank top with black jeans and her signature sparkling eye gems, Mayberry leant towards a wind machine at the front of the stage as she sang, backed by Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, both sporting buttoned up black shirts.

The Glaswegian trio swept through tracks from their 2013 debut album ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’, from single ‘Gun’ which saw them bathed in pink and white light, to the staccato synth march of ‘Lungs’.

“Hands up if you’ve been in this venue before?” Mayberry asked the crowd. “We have a nice story about this venue, this is the venue we got signed in! And hands up if you grew up reading the NME?” she continued, to a rising sea of hands. “Yes. This has been so nice. Thank you for coming to watch us,” she smiled, launching into ‘Leave A Trace’ another track from the band’s new album, recently released as a music video featuring Mayberry walking on water.

Concluding the new track to whistles and cheers, the trio clapped their hands in response, with Mayberry repeating her thanks before adding, “Happy New Musical Express!” Raising her arms above her head, the band finished up the special 10 track set with ‘The Mother We Share’, the opening track from their 2013 debut ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’.

Chvrches played:

‘Clearest Blue’
‘We Sink’
‘Leave A Trace’
‘The Mother We Share’


The new, free NME magazine launches today and is being distributed across the UK at more than 500 locations, with a full list of pick-up points now online.

Rihanna appears on the cover of the first issue, with an exclusive interview that saw NME travel to Los Angeles to speak to one of the world’s biggest stars about her long-awaited eighth studio album, as well as her thoughts on Taylor Swift, life in the public eye, working with Kanye West, feminism and more.

Chvrches recently announced a UK headline tour for November, including their biggest London gig to date.

Chvrches will play:

Brighton Dome (November 16)
Bristol O2 Academy (17)
Manchester Albert Hall (19)
Newcastle O2 Academy (21)
Aberdeen Music Hall (23)
Dundee Fat Sam’s (24)
Birmingham O2 Academy (25)
London Alexandra Palace (27)