Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry covers Madonna and debuts solo material at first live show

Chvrches’ frontwoman Lauren Mayberry has performed her first ever dwell present as a solo artist and debuted some never-before-heard materials. Discover footage of the gig and the complete setlist beneath.

The debut gig befell on the 9:30 Membership in Washington DC, final evening (September 4), and marked the singer’s first time enjoying a headline present as a solo artist.

It additionally arrived simply three days after the musician formally launched her debut single –  the emotional, intimate ballad ‘Are You Awake’. Mayberry wrote the tune in collaboration with Canadian singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr and Zedd collaborator Matthew Koma – who additionally served because the tune’s producer.

Kicking off the dwell present final evening, Mayberry opened with the first-ever efficiency of a tune known as ‘Bird’ – an upbeat, attitude-driven monitor that noticed her lean over the group as she sang “Let’s publicise our happiness / Or at least I’ll force a smile”.

From there she launched right into a monitor known as ‘Shame’, which noticed her play with dynamics, and launch from a blunt, confrontational refrain into solemn, extra tranquil moments.

This was adopted by dance-oriented anthem ‘Change Shapes’ and, later, the darker, sultry new tune ‘Mantra’. Discover footage of the songs beneath.

Different tracks getting a dwell debut within the breakthrough present included a monitor titled ‘Under The Knife’, an ’80s-inspired pop tune known as ‘Crocodile Tears’ and an brisk, pop-punk monitor ‘Sorry, Etc.’, which served because the closing tune to the present.

Whereas the overwhelming majority of tracks have been never-before-heard tracks from Mayberry’s new solo catalogue, she did get away a rendition of her recently-shared debut single ‘Are You Awake’ because the penultimate monitor of the evening – sitting behind the keyboard to take action. She additionally stunned followers by enjoying a canopy of the 1989 Madonna basic, ‘Like A Prayer’. Discover extra footage and the setlist beneath.

Lauren Mayberry performed:

‘Change Shapes’
‘Under The Knife’
‘Crocodile Tears’
‘Like A Prayer’ (Madonna cowl)
‘Are You Awake?’ 
‘Sorry, Etc.’

Earlier than she launched her breakthrough solo tune final week, Mayberry introduced her first-ever solo tour and teased the one with a 30-second preview.

On the time, she additionally shared on social media that she was “flip-flopping between excitement and abject terror” when it got here to her impending solo debut. “I never really thought I’d write a piano ballad, or a solo album full stop, so life really is full of surprises,” she mentioned. “I am really looking forward to this chapter, and can’t wait for people to hear more of the music.”

Previous to the discharge of ‘Are You Awake?’ Mayberry’s solo credit have been minimal. She contributed visitor vocals to the Dying Cab for Cutie tune ‘Northern Lights’, which featured on their 2018 album ‘Thank You For Today’.

She additionally collaborated with The Nationwide‘s Aaron Dessner on a cover of Frightened Rabbit‘s ‘Who’d Kill You Now?’ for ‘Tiny Changes’, a commemorative tribute album for the band’s late frontman Scott Hutchinson.

Lauren Mayberry. CREDIT: Scarlett Casciello.

Mayberry’s solo reveals will proceed tonight (September 5) with a slot at The Anthem in Washington DC. Discover all upcoming tour dates and any remaining tickets right here.

As for Chvrches, the group’s most up-to-date studio album was 2021’s ‘Screen Violence’, nonetheless, the Scottish synth-pop trio are at present gearing as much as launch a tenth anniversary reissue of their debut studio album, 2013’s ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’.

The brand new version, which incorporates 4 beforehand unheard songs and 5 dwell recordings from 2013, is ready for launch on October 13.

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