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Chvrches Live In Manila

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The electronic band from Glasgow, Scotland gave a performance that was definitely worth praise. CHVRCHΞS, also known as Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty, was in Manila for a one-night show last night at the Samsung Hall. Brisom, Autotelic, and DJ Joey Santos opened the concert, where the Scottish group performed songs from their album The Bones of What You Believe.

Before the concert, we were also able to sit down with the band to talk about what it was like working with Lorde (whom they dearly call by her real name, Ella) on their song, "Dead Air," for the soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

Martin: "It was great. We didn't have much time playing on the arrangement. Ella just asked us to do it and if we had plenty of time, we said we could totally do it within the time frame. But we had 2 or 3 days together in the same country where we basically had to try our best to make things work. Luckily when we got there, it was flowing in the same way, like we hadn't been out the studio. The writing process it was like we wrote the song on day 1, chords and vocals on day 2, all of it on day 3."
Lauren: "Yeah, it was nice in a way that the band didn't have much time as we always had when we work on a record. But it was good because we had a specific idea on what to write for. Ella was really helpful because she gave us just kind of the general outline of what she wanted, like how she was putting the soundtrack together. She wasn't pushy. She just gave us a 'yes, that's good.' It was a good partnership because we didn't like people telling us what we do with rubbish. And she told us it was good!"
Martin: "You know when you send an e-mail and you send your song through and you tell yourself, 'Oh, this is the moment of truth,' and you cross your fingers? [You think] there's going to be a bunch of feedback and maybe it's not going to work out. But naturally, Ella was like, 'That was perfect.' No notes. That was the version that was on the record."

Apart from tracks from their record like "Mother We Share," "Gun," "By The Throat," and more, they also played the track from the Mockingjay OST. At the show last night, we spotted some stylish concert-goers last night and we asked what their fave Chvrches tracks are. Leave a comment and share what yours are, too!

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