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Posted on November 12, 2016 in Arts & Culture
By USM Free Press

By Matthew Craig, Free Press Arts & Culture editor

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the alternative, synthpop, Glasgow-based band Chvrches, consisting of their main vocalist Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook playing the keyboard, bass and vocals, and Martin Doherty playing keyboard, and vocals, played at the State Theatre, with the local rock band Weakened Friends opening for them. It was a really ecstatic show. The show started at 8 p.m. with Weakened Friends playing all of their songs that are currently out. The band consists of two girls and one guy: Annie Hoffman on bass, Sonia Sturino on guitar and vocals, and Cam Jones on drums. The band was very energetic, they sounded great and unique, and their songs are pretty catchy. More importantly, the crowd really loved them. They only have a total of 10 songs out, so they played all of them, with some brief intermissions between every three or four songs to talk to the crowd about their origins and how humble they were to be opening. They just started last year with their first EP being released on Sept. 15, 2015, but they are definitely going places. I never heard of them them before they were announced as openers, but once I heard them live, I immediately downloaded both their EPs.

After Weakened Friends played there was a intermission to get the stage set for the main event. Also, the crowd really packed in, basically filling the entire two front open areas, quite a few seats being taken up in the back, and some people on the balcony. After about 20 or so minutes, with the stage finally set, the lights went out, and the show really began. The stage was covered with blue smoke, everyone was cheering, but the stage was empty. Once they walked on stage the crowd cheered even louder. They opened with their song “Never Ending Circles” from their newest and second album Every Eye Open. The whole trio was very energetic, but Lauren especially. She was dancing and jumping and twirling and it was a sight and the crowd loved it. Along with their amazing performance, the light show was beautifully coordinated with each song using flashing lights, different color schemes, smoke on the stage. She sang multiple songs from their latest album, like “Make Them Gold.” She also played songs from their first album The Bones Of What You Believe, such as “We Sink” and “Gun.” Throughout her entire performance she sounded wonderful and performed wonderfully and energetically. After playing a few songs, Lauren and Martin switched so that he may play his songs “High Enough To Carry You Over” and “Under The Tide,” a song from their first album. He was just as energetic as Lauren, as you can feel the emotion coming from his voice, and you can see his energy as he jumped around stage. After the two songs, Lauren began singing again. She played two songs that the crowd was just loving, “Bury It” and “Clearest Blue,” in which everyone was jumping and shouting. After the few songs they had a brief five-minute intermission where they left the stage. The band came back and Lauren sang “Afterglow,” where she messed up at the beginning, but the crowd just cheered her on, and honestly it was more so adorable than anything. She ended the show with the first song that started it all, “The Mother We Share”. All in all, my only complaints are that during her song “Bury It” and “The Mother We Share,” it seemed like her voice wasn’t completely there, but it was a great show and I’d love to see them again!

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