IT was an email from a music-savvy friend, some 18 months ago, that first piqued my interest.
‘You’ve got to check this band out,’ he insisted. ‘They’re absolutely amazing’.
Without further ado, I clicked on the link through to YouTube and was instantly hooked on what I heard.
The band in question was Chvrches. The song, Lies, was an utterly infectious slice of electro-pop. And, as an added bonus, the lead singer, Lauren Mayberry, was a bit of a cutie in the Winona Ryder mould.
Several singles followed – The Mother We Share, Recover and Gun — and with every one the buzz around the Scottish trio grew ever more deafening.
BBC Sound of 2013 nominees, favourites of hispter bloggers, and countless rave reviews for their live shows, which included a successful tour-stint with Depeche Mode... yes, it’s safe to say that Chvrches had a heck of a lot to live up to with their debut LP, which was released this week.
Thankfully, The Bones Of What You Believe is an absolute cracker of an album that not only lives up to expectations, it actually exceeds them.
Earlier this week, Chvrches stole the show on Later... With Jools Holland and, after seeing how well they handled themselves on TV’s biggest music show, I’ve no hesitation in saying they are going to be absolutely massive before the year is out.
A couple of days ago, Chvrches announced details of a huge tour which will see them play eight shows in the UK in March, before going on to play in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.
Sadly, no Edinburgh show has been pencilled in as yet. That said, if the organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay are on the ball, they will surely see Chvrches – who brilliantly revamp 80s synth-pop with a modern touch – as the perfect warm-up act for the Pet Shop Boys.
Now that really would make the party go off with a bang.