Chvrches: ‘We want to channel Prince and Michael Jackson on our new album’

Band are currently recording their second album in Glasgow

Chvrches have revealed that they want to channel Prince and Michael Jackson on their as-yet-untitled forthcoming album, adding that they’re only using “the absolute key elements” on the songs.

In the new Albums of 2015 issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, Martin Doherty discusses the band’s plans for the album, including their desire to make it leaner than debut record ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’. “I think we’ll use fewer instruments but ultimately try and do more with them,” Doherty says. “When you listen to a Michael Jackson song or a Prince song, you realise there’s absolutely nothing in it but an amazing bassline, drums and singing. We want to channel some of that.”

Doherty explains that the band will record the new album in “a shitty basement project studio” in south Glasgow, adding: “We were never going to be the band that sold a few records and went to LA to spend all our money. We like taking the same depressing train to the same depressing part of town and locking ourselves away.”

Meanwhile, lead singer Lauren Mayberry details the inspiration behind her lyrics, which she says “are based on personal experience, or at least a personal perspective on external events”.

Chvrches previously announced that they were set to start work on their second album this month. Having recently finished a UK tour in support of their 2013 debut, the band posted a picture to Facebook with the caption: “Over 365 shows in two years and we’re going home. Work on album two starts in January.”