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Bardo Pond


Sat 3 Aug 2013, 8:00pm–12:00am

Where: The Corner Hotel, 57 Swan Street, Richmond, Victoria

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission (+bf): $33.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: CornerHotel

In the last twelve months, Scottish synth-pop trio, Chvrches, have been setting the blogosphere alight with their meteoric rise from relative unknowns to the UK’s next big thing. This winter they’ll be making their touring debut on Australian shores including this show. Back in May 2012, the world got its first glimpse of Chvrches when the track, ‘Lies’, debuted on the blog of NYC taste-maker label, Neon Gold. With the band’s identity something of a mystery initially, as information about who they were and where they came from began leaking, so too did the fever pitch, followed by the scramble of A&R heavyweights, agents, publishers… and of course, the fans. By the end of 2012 they were on every music rag’s ‘Bands To Watch in 2013’ list, including ranking at #2 in the UK Blog Sound of 2013 list, and being voted #5 on the BBC Sound Poll 2013 – the highly regarded annual BBC poll of music critics and industry figures to find the most promising new music talent in the UK. Predictions were correct, as 2013 has thus far seen Chvrches continue to sell out shows across the UK, US and Europe, in the wake of their rousingly kinetic appearance at SXSW in Austin. So electrifying were their SxSW performances, they were awarded the inaugural Grulke Prize for Best Developing Non-US Act, named after recently passed SxSW Creative Director, Brett Grulke. Musically, their blend of classic and modern analogue synthesisers, bruised beats and crude vocal sampling came to the fore in their debut single, ‘The Mother We Share’, released in late 2012, which Pitchfork called “a soaring synth-pop meteorite centered around a sky-high chorus”. With high profile support slots under their belts with Passion Pit and Two Door Cinema Club as well as their own headline shows and a slew of European festival appearances to come, theirs is a star well and truly on the rise. Do not miss the chance to see Chvrches on these club dates; they won’t be playing rooms this size for long.

“Something about Chvrches’ pulsing, neon-brite music is like scepticism’s kryptonite; their songs are executed wholeheartedly, driven by themes of belief, devotion, and discovery, and imbued with an unabashed sense of wonder.” - Pitchfork