Chvrches on second albums: ‘Too many bands throw away what people liked about them’

Trio discuss album number two with NME ahead of September release

Chvrches have discussed what to expect from their upcoming second album, hinting that the LP won’t deviate too wildly from the group’s signature sound implemented on their debut.

The Glasgow band recently confirmed details of their new record, which will be titled ‘Every Open Eye’. Following on from 2013’s ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’, the record will be released on September 25.

Now speaking to NME in this week’s print issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, the band claimed that the recording process for the full-length was pretty easygoing, with the band only working “about six hours” a day on the release.

“You come to it with a lot of anticipation,” instrumentalist Iain Cook said of the infamous notion of a second record.

“It felt like for the longest time while we were on tour we were feeling the pull to get back into the studio. It just poured out of us.”

“Too many bands end up throwing away the thing people liked about them in the first place.”

Bandmate Martin Doherty added: “The album’s definitely still full of melancholy. There’s something about doing anything in Glasgow that drives you back to a kind of melancholy.”


Considering the difference between the first album and their forthcoming follow-up, singer Lauren Mayberry told NME: “The first album songs were around for a long time before the album came out. People could hear a lot of the songs on YouTube before they came to the shows”.

“This [time round] will be different, so it’s going to be interesting to see whether the tracks we’re thinking about playing will connect in the way we’re imagining, whether the big live moments we’ve envisioned will turn out like that.”

Chvrches recently aired new single ‘Leave A Trace’ ahead of the album’s release. Speaking to Pitchfork previously, Mayberry described the song as a “middle finger mic-drop”.

Read the NME review of the track here.