The trio haven’t played live since December 3, 2016, and have spent the year working on the follow-up to their second album ‘Every Open Eye‘.
Frontwoman Lauren Mayberry and synth player Martin Doherty appeared at The Holiday Variety Show at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre on Wednesday. Fellow bandmate Iain Cook was unable to make the performance. Members of Death Cab For Cutie, Muna, The Pierces also played, while other performers included Justin Long, Nick Kroll, and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. The event raised money for The Girls Home and No Kid Hungry.
At the event, Mayberry and Doherty treated attendees to versions of Mitchell’s ‘River’, and ‘Time After Time’ by Cyndi Lauper. They also included a version of their own ‘The Mother We Share’ in the short set. Watch footage of the performance below.
“I feel like there’s a lot of horrible things in the world, and this is the opposite of that,” Mayberry told the audience. “You are showing kindness in this room.
“In all sincerity, please feel really good about yourselves because every money spent has gone to making kids lives better.”
Meanwhile, the band recently discussed their upcoming third album in a new interview, describing it as “the most pop stuff we’ve done” but also “weirder” and “the most aggressive”.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the band revealed that they have been working with producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Liam Gallagher, Foo Fighters, Sia) on their next LP. “He’s done such big pop records, but they’ve always got a bit of saltiness in them,” singer Lauren Mayberry said of Kurstin’s past work.