The Bones of What You Believe: CHVRCHES Album Review

By Zephyr Strosnider

Features Editor

The Scottish electronic trio, CHVRCHES released their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe,  in September of 2013. The band is made up of vocalist Lauren Mayberry, guitarist Lain Cook, and synthesizer and vocal loop user Martin Doherty. The album received fantastic reviews from countless music blogs and magazines.


Album cover of The Bones of What You Believe

The twelve song album is full of upbeat dance music perfect to blast on the road for spring break. All of the songs contain exciting music that perfectly complements Mayberry’s unique voice. Though the songs sound like just another early eighties inspired synth pop, they actually contain deep, violent messages about love, breakups, and even stalking a mysterious lover. In the third track Gun, Mayberry sings “You better run so hide, I have burned your bridges. I will be a gun and it’s you I’ll come for.”

Many people are saying The Bones of What You Believe is an electric version of classic rock and roll albums of the past, and their sound reflects that of famous bands such as M83. The album truly is a whole new take on the sound experience of the 80s.


French electronic band M83

CHVRCHES first appeared on the music scene with their single, The Mother We Share in November of 2012. It was re-released exclusively in the UK September 2013, and was number 13 on the UK Single Chart for over a week. The single was later released in the United States, and made a huge impact. The Mother We Share was on iTunes top charts for weeks and was recognized by Billboard Magazine.

Whether you need a ballad like By the Throat, or an upbeat spring break anthem like We Sink,The Bones of What You Believe has it all. CHVRCHES will be going on tour later this year to promote the album. With such a young band and such major accomplishments, we will be seeing much of CHVRCHES on future charts. The Bones of What You Believe is the beginning of something great.

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