Chvrches on Kimmel

Lately, we’ve posted so many videos of big artists playing the big outdoor festival stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live that it’s almost a relief to see that his smaller indoor stage is still operational. That stage, of course, is intended for up-and-comers, and Scottish synthpop trio Chvrches certainly fit the bill. Chvrches were the show’s musical guests last night, and they played the first two songs from their hugely satisfying debut album The Bones Of What You Believe. On the show proper, they played “The Mother We Share,” and as an online bonus, they also did the follow-up single “Lies.” And in other Chvrches-related news, the bass music producer Ikonika just released her roller-disco house-music remix of “Lies,” so we’ve got a stream of that, as well as both Kimmel performances, below.

The Bones Of What You Believe is out now on Glassnote.

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  1. DEATH TO DRUM PROGRAMMING.

    What is happening here? And not just here, but this general trend we’re seeing. I’m over at p4k watching videos of Darkside live and I realize that I’m watching a guy “play” (short of) a guitar while Jaar plays a volume knob with a smile so satisfying that the knob must have been nicely cushioned in order to avoid blisters (i.e., Knob Blisters *wink*). These are not exquisitely intricate percussion arrangements, which I suppose could be an argument for the use of the machine. But not really – it makes the performance suffer. I’m a little stuck on this Darkside Metatron performance, but only because it is so representative of this issue. And it really is an issue. It’s cheap, and it’s lazy. Here it is again with this Chvrches performance; there’s something about a grown man reacting to triggering drum/whatever samples like he’s just burnt his hand on the stove that screams “bullshit.” Hemsworth is guilty of this playing the board like you’re curing cancer trend “WHOOOO PRESSED A BUTTON!!!!!” – it’s samples, guys. I’m not excited, you’re not earning it. It’s not really impressive as a performance piece. It’s all great on record and I love Hemsworth’s taste, but to watch this stuff live is ridiculous. It’s like if the DFA whiteout sessions were called a live performance.

    Disclosure is kiiiiiiiind of better, but instead of someone actually killing it on the drums, we get one of the twins banging out synth samples with drum sticks? Why? If I want to see a beautiful blonde child staring there, I’ll rent children of the korn, thanks very much.

    Play the damn keyboard and hire a drummer. James Blake does it, and it makes for SUCH a more satisfying performance. You have to earn hitting that groove perfectly, and when it fails or is at least somewhat off or charged or something it gives the human feel. You feel me?

    I don’t want to do this, but it’s John Stossel city:

    and I’m out.

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