June 19, 2016
When you look at a tour line-up, usually the bands on the card have something in common. Whether it’s the same genre or music, you can usually look at a line-up and understand the connection between the two acts. But, when the co-headlining tour is Death Cab for Cutie and Chvrches, there isn’t an immediate explanation … and that’s okay!
Chvrches and Death Cab for Cutie combined for an expansive and beautiful co-headlining performance checking all the boxes. Of the two, Chvrches hit the stage first and lived up to expectations. Lauren Mayberry exhibited the profound qualities of the incredible front woman that she is, Martin Doherty took his solo vocal performance with enthusiasm and heart (as he always does) and Iain Cook didn’t misplace a finger while strumming or playing the synth drum.
While Chvrches’ set began almost identically to their performance in Charlotte seven months ago, the Scottish synth-pop superstars sprinkled in a bit of diversity. The trio added the single “Warning Call” to the set and Doherty chose in favor of “High Enough To Carry You Over” instead of “Under The Tide” this time around.
However, what’s so iconic about Chvrches is that their music and set list are the only aspects of their performance that’s planned before hitting the stage. While other bands prepare jokes and speeches between songs, Mayberry and co. are completely informal and casual.
Mayberry joked about the band’s roots and discussed that contrary to Charlotte, in Scotland, the sun never shines. The band and audience baked under the North Carolina sun, even at 8 p.m. and the front woman chuckled about sticking her head in front of the stage fan like a dog with its head out the car window.
As the sun set, Chvrches’ light spectacle came to life and each color of the rainbow lit the darkness that shadowed the audience. “Clearest Blue” further livened the crowd and persuaded even the most static of individuals to dance. While seats remained open, even as Chvrches neared the end of their set, it certainly wasn’t because the Scottish trio didn’t deserve the fanfare.
A 30-minute break split to co-headliners, but instead of wasting the down time, both Ben Gibbard and Lauren Mayberry addressed HB2 and invited local LGBTQ organizations on stage to speak. The few spoke out against the unfavorable law that’s crippled North Carolina in more ways than on over the past few weeks and honorably spent a few moments remembering those who passed in the tragedy in Orlando. Mayberry would later join Death Cab for Cutie to sing “Brothers on a Hotel Bed” with the band.
The two bands couldn’t have put together a more meaningful three hours and judging the audience’s cheers, everyone was more than appreciative.
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