Music vets Ian Cook and Martin Doherty, who had known each other since their university days, asked vocalist Lauren Maberry, who held a Masters in Journalism and had worked as freelance writer, to sing on a couple demos. The sessions went well and the Chvrches was formed.
The band name "has no religious connotation, [they] just thought it sounded cool."
Chvrches released the singles "The Mother We Share," and "Recover," with "Lies" as a free download, before issuing their "Recover" EP in 13. That was followed by the Chvrches U.S. TV debut performing "The Mother We Share" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Having received accolades from the U.K. music press and completed a stint opening for Depeche Mode, Chvrches released their debut studio album, "The Bones Of What You Believe," on Virgin Records.
The album debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200.
Acknowledging that Chvrches were "a band that was born on the internet" and that they got an early boost by posting a song on Neon Gold music blog, Mayberry stated that it had always been important for the band to communicate directly with fans through social networking sites. However, there were limits.
After an avalanche of hateful comments generated by a post of a fan's negative comment, Mayberry wrote an article in '13 for The Guardian newspaper. "After making the post, I sat back and watched with an increasingly open mouth as more and more people commented on the statement," wrote Mayberry. "Comments ranged from the disgusted and supportive to the offensively vile."
"What I do not accept, however, is that it is all right for people to make comments ranging from 'a bit sexist but generally harmless' to openly sexually aggressive," continued Mayberry.
With the controversy behind them, Chvrches began recording their sophomore album "Every Eye Open" in January of '15. It was released the following September. The album included the songs "Leave a Trace," "Never Ending Circles" and "Clearest Blue."
2013 Recover EP
2013 The Bones Of What You Believe
2015 Every Eye Open