Two years ago, CHVRCHES played Northside Fest in Brooklyn as I weeped while I listened to their set from my bedroom window. I had told myself that I would make it my mission to see them live one day. Last night, that dream was finally fulfilled as the Glasgow electro-pop trio played songs off of their two records, The Bones of What You Believe and Every Open Eye to a sold out crowd at Radio City Music Hall.
The crowd was electric once the band opened with “Never Ending Circles” as the glorious synthpop sounds filled one of the city’s most famous venues. Strobe lights and a dazzling, colorful set were on point as Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty and Iain Cook brought the songs we dance to in our bedrooms to life.
These past few weeks have been insane. With so much running through my mind while I question what I’m doing with my life and if my words are even reaching people, the tracks played tonight were so appreciated and a much-needed wake up call of sorts. As bittersweet endings give way to new beginnings, hearing “Tether” live hit a nerve I was avoiding. “I’m feeling capable of seeing the end / I’m feeling capable of saying it’s over” – words that felt liberating to sing out loud as I finally let go of something I never thought I’d get over.
Things got pretty trippy as the set intensified with “Science/Visions” then leading way into “Lies,” “Gun” and personal favorite off of Every Open Eye, “High Enough To Carry You Over.” Doherty then took over with “Under The Tide,” jumping around the stage with so much energy, the crowd started to go insane. Once “Bury It,” “Clearest Blue” and “Leave a Trace” started up, there was no denying the energy in that massive room, proving exactly why the trio were able to sell out a venue like Radio City Music Hall in the first place.
Encores “Afterglow” and “The Mother We Share” were perfect endings to a perfect night – one I’ll hold close whenever I need a pick-me-up and a reminder of why I love (and write about) music in the first place.