CONCERT REVIEW: Chvrches Deliver Energetic set at the Paramount

Lucky ticket holders filled up Seattle’s Paramount theater on this Saturday night for a sold out Chvrches performance. The band that is currently touring in support of their third album, Love is Dead, made its way to our city after more than two years since their last show at Capitol Hill Block Party. It was well worth the wait and the anticipation to see them evolve with this new record.

Shortly after Lo Moon opened the show the stage was ready to go and everything was in place to get the dance party started. The floor was set up with three raised platforms where Iain Cook stood to the left, Martin Doherty to the right and touring drummer Jonny Scott in the middle. Each platform was decorated with the letter X matching the current record artwork which also dubbed as a lighting design.

Lauren Mayberry marched to the middle of the stage kicking off the night with new single “Get Out.” Full of energy and smiles, she danced around spreading good vibes as the audience cheered her on. She wore one of her signature tutus with tall platform shoes along with a ‘Love is Dead’ necklace.

The lights were perfectly synchronized and the production impressive, making it fit perfectly with the size of the room. It was especially enjoyable when “Bury It” came on and during the line, ‘I am seeing red’ she raised her hand as a red light quickly flashed for the word.

After Mayberry performed a few old and new hits she changed positions with Martin Doherty as he stepped to the front to sing “God’s Plan,” and “Under the Tide.” It’s always great to see him perform a couple of songs when they play, as he brings a different charisma to their set and has such an incredible talent to ignite another part in your mood.

Mayberry returned again with “Miracle,” the hit from their latest record as the dancing continued. She spoke a few times between songs thanking the fans for being there along the way and even remembering how impressed she was with the large audience when they played at Sasquatch Festival 2013 before their record was even released. She also noted their love for Death Cab for Cutie. (Chvrches toured with them in 2016)

As a fan who has followed the band from the beginning, the setlist was well put together with the right variety and as the night went on the songs felt stronger and stronger. If you stop to listen to their lyrics you realize how emotional they can become, their talent is masking it with upbeat music so you don’t notice the sadness in the words. If you’re looking to dance your pain away this is a show you don’t want to miss. Everything is perfectly in place for the fans to have a great time.

Check out more photos from the show HERE.

Sophia Barkalakis

Music is probably the most important part of her life. Sophia is constantly searching for new material, old and new. Always looking forward to the next live show she can attend, ready to immerse herself in the sound. "There is something so magical about attending a live show that you cannot possibly feel from a recording itself that makes it worth going to", she says. She also says she's lucky to be able to combine her passion for music with her obsession of capturing moments. She finds that being able to look at a photograph and be transported to that second of your life is indescribable and she's so grateful for all those great moments.