Scottish synth-pop darlings Chvrches have recently covered both Joni Mitchell and Cyndi Lauper at a special Christmas comeback show earlier this week, on Wednesday.
According to NME, the trio haven’t played live since December 3 of last year, and have spent over a year working on their third record, the follow-up to their second album Every Open Eye.
Frontwoman Lauren Mayberry and synth player Martin Doherty appeared at The Holiday Variety Show at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre on Wednesday. Fellow bandmate Iain Cook was unable to make the performance. Also at the Variety show were performances by members of Death Cab for Cutie, Muna, the Pierces. Other performers on stage included Justin Long, Nick Kroll, and Amy Poehler. The event was a fundraiser for “The Girls Home” and “No Kid Hungry.”
At the event, Mayberry and Doherty treated the audience to a distinctly Chvrches version of Mitchell’s “River,” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” They also included a performance of their own “The Mother We Share” from The Bones of What You Believe in the short set.
“I feel like there’s a lot of horrible things in the world, and this is the opposite of that,” Mayberry told the audience. “You are showing kindness in this room. In all sincerity, please feel really good about yourselves because every money spent has gone to making kids lives better.”
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the band revealed that they have been working with producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Liam Gallagher, Foo Fighters, Sia) on their next LP. “He’s done such big pop records, but they’ve always got a bit of saltiness in them,” singer Lauren Mayberry said of Kurstin’s past work.
Check out a video of the Mitchell cover below.
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