Having missed out on seeing the band at their debut Glasgow show many moons ago, it was finally time to see the three strut their stuff on stage. Having missed that gig and thinking about how far the band had come since then. Part of me couldn’t help but feel that maybe this was going to be something a bit more spectacular. Chvrches have come a long way in such a short space of time, learning on the road about their craft and perfecting their stage performance. The timing felt right.
Having heard that the previous night’s light show was “intense and spectacular”. I was excited. I’m a bit obsessed with light shows. The way they pull together a show, having your eyes and ears pleased at the same time. Transforming that song you know every word of to the next level and pulling it to an unforgettable height. That’s what it’s all about.
The night kicked off with We Sink, rumbling and no doubt loosening a few screws in the grand old lady that is The Barrowlands. Having only one album of music to play live means having to gig some tracks that haven’t maybe been as well received by the public. Credit to Chvrches for powering through their set, hammering out each song from the album with as much passion as they deserved. I’ve always thought it may be a weird feeling coming back to a stage to play the same songs as before because of now more popular tour lengths. With it being their hometown stage maybe it was a feeling of accomplishment. If not, then it should be.
Their live sound encapsulated perfectly the track perfection and attention to detail from their album. Each song being lifted by the big room, a setting doing the songs major justice.
For most Glasgow artists, playing The Barrowlands isn’t a stepping stone to success it’s a major career/life goal. Lauren highlighting famous artists that she has now walked in the foot steps of. Martin also telling the crowd how much it meant to him to be standing where he was before belting out his moment song ‘Under The Tide’. Watching them take in the moment and enjoy what is no doubt a night not to be forgotten easily for those watching and playing.