Nash: The Musical Chair – CHVRCHES

Nash’s latest episode of Musical Chair is on CHVRCHES.

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  1. So throw out the baby, but the bath water might still be salvageable?

  2. At least in the Avril Lavigne clip I could hear the words. Something about CHVRCHES’ music makes it really hard to understand the lyrics.

  3. Honestly, I don’t listen to a lot of pop music, so this one slipped by me completely.

    That said, listening to this, the way they play and sound is very in the style of Depeche Mode, minus the drums. I can’t help but think of them hearing this and honestly…I can’t complain about that. It’s a very pleasant and refreshing surprise after half the stuff I hear on the charts. The songs sounded damn good, and your comments about the internet trolls about her music video from their new album remind me of why I stay out of the comments section on youtube…

    Did not expect to get a new band to listen to when I stumbled on this, but I’m glad that I do. So thanks for introducing me to something new to listen to.

  4. As someone who went through their youthful phase of liking punk, metal, alternative, grunge, and prog rock…then went through the phase of realizing that the stuff on the radio (curse you Nickleback and nu-metal mediocrity!) wasn’t for me anymore, and the kind of rock I liked was dead, I’ve now come to appreciate a much wider range of music. I’m actually kind of impressed by the amount of quality alternative rock, indie, and EDM out there right now.

    I’ve been hearing Chvches on alt radio stations along with some really impressive new music that’s given me hope for the future of rock, pop, and alternative again. Broken Bells, Houndsmouth, Arctic Monkeys, Foster the People, Zella Day, etc…

    I guess top 40 has gotten so bad and fragmented that the power of the internet, youtube and alternate media have fueled something of a renaissance in actual musical artistry over the past few years – Just not in the mainstream, which is fine by me.

  5. I’d point out that the ‘no synths’ statement on the back of Queen’s album covers was not intended as a slight against the use of synths: it was done in response to listeners misidentifying their multi-layered guitar work as produced on synths.

    • Brian May’s guitar work is so clean and uniquely ethereal, I can see people thinking it was a synth. Oddly enough, Brian may was not adverse to working with synth based artists like Brian Eno. Later Queen albums would embrace the use of synthesizers.

      I remember the “synth hate” being a thing during the grunge era too, but more as a backlash against overproduced adult contempo and hair metal of the time. However, it was okay to use turntables and sequencers for darker, industrial sounding stuff.

      That was the zeitgeist.

  6. There’s very few pop songs and bands I enjoy… This is not one of them. I haven’t heard of them before watching this video and frankly, I’m not regretting it. There’s nothing here to grab my attention. It’s just kinda slow and boring.

  7. You talk about Genres and how they can cover massive ranges but seem to have missed that this band is clearly NOT Pop!
    They have a young pretty female singer and use Electronic instruments but this doesn’t make them Pop!

    There are literally hundreds of different Genres in the world of Dance and Electronic music and as someone has already pointed out above this band’s music is reminiscent of Depeche Mode {who it would be very hard to consider Pop!}.

    Pop is Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley, Britney Spears, One Direction etc. etc.

    There really are two definitions of Pop when it comes to music:
    1) Popular – This could fit in any song that has ever hit the Top 10! No matter what genre that song was from.
    2) Pop music – A Specific Genre that encompasses a certain style of Instrument, Vocals and most importantly performance {Backing Dancers are extremely common.}.

    Now this band could just about fit into that second definition and may fit into the first {I’d never even heard of them before this video} BUT I think the most important thing to remember here is that as a Genre in itself Pop is secondary to the actual Genre {It is in fact readily tacked on to other Genres to describe bands that are seen as on the Pop fringe}.

    Synth Pop specifically is a genre in it’s own right that really shouldn’t be looked at as just Pop – Pop is a catch all term for any Popular music and is very much seen as derogatory so labelling a band Pop when their music fits a tighter genre is a bad move in the first place.

    BTW I think I saw Adam and the Ants in your montage – New Romanticism was also a Genre in it’s own right – One that didn’t last long – and though extremely Popular it would be hard to consider it in any way reminiscent of say The Birdie Song or The Locomotion {That’s just taking the term Pop as a Genre way too far!}.

    • I really hate to break it to you, but Depeche Mode was pop in the 80s. The 80s is the only decade of music that is so varied in artistry, you can’t help but name it by decade. 70s music is always going to be Disco or Motown, genre unto themselves. 60s pop was festooned with primarily what I would consider “acid” bands such as The Doors. The 50s was the birth of Rock and Roll and the end of the dominance of Swing or “Hot Music”. But the 80s was a crazy, glorious, happy decade to be alive in. Despite the threat of nuclear annihilation, people were happy and hopeful and the music largely reflected that. 80s pop as a genre encompasses everything from Country to 2nd Gen electronica such as Depeche Mode. It was fabulous!

      • Dromedary Meat Cactus

        MTV giving access to unorthodox European acts based on an unquenchable thirst for interesting videos was responsible for the success of bands like Depeche Mode in America — don’t think they would have become pop here without it.

    • Dromedary Meat Cactus

      Adam and the Ants reached number 12 on the American singles chart, and number one in UK and Australia. Any song that makes it that high on the charts is de facto popular music.

  8. Shame Sience and Visions didn’t come into this vid. I think that is -thé- song that always brings goosebumps on my skin. It comes right after Night Sky (the song you heard in the credits). It’s dark with a lot of low tones and it should be heard with the volume waaay up.

    CHVRCHΞS is one of my fave new bands and I listen to their music on a weekly basis. 😀

  9. Gonna check them out, thanks. But please dude, even though you cannot understand the language, check out Swedish Kent. From the sample tracks you played, you might actually like it without understanding the lyrics. Be a hipster, listen to band:Kent Song:Elite Album: Vapen & Ammunition.

  10. I disagree (I had to skip the song part once it got annoying). I may have a bias. It sounds like the typical hipster stuff I hear in my area since the hipsters are gentrifying my area so I already have a negative feeling towards music like this.

  11. Thank you for introducing to me this beautiful young talent.

  12. Giovanni Romanelli

    I hardly would put this band on “pop”, maybe “synthpop”, or plain “electronic” but mostly “alternative/indie”, but anyway, trying to split stuff into genres is subjective as fuck and ultimately worthless, and besides, I’m really not into any of those genres(just alternative a tiny bit of indie) but JESUS ON MONOCYCLE if this band has not be half of what I’ve listened on the past months.
    What mostly love about it is the way they are able to create a whole environment with their sound, especially on the heavy mood of ‘Science/Visions’ and the passionate energy of ‘Night Sky’, I just can’t help but close my eyes and shake my head like a crazy person… I must look like a lunatic on the bus…

  13. Yeah…this video of yours got me thinking about this band for the last day or two.

    I think what I like about them is their courage to not water down their new wave and 80s synth pop influences, instead they embrace them and in doing so craft something that ends up sounding fresher then a lot of the top 40 that tries to be “not like your parents music” really hard.

  14. MidnightScreeningsman2014

    As soon as I saw this video I instantly thought of the bands song the mother we share song and how it was on vh1 at one point but it didn’t really gain any popularity and even missed the top 10 n the vh1 top 20 video countdown(when that was still a thing and not this random girl they signed on to host there new show). Good video though and them calling the bands lead singer a slut is common on the Internet and I won’t be suprised if they call her one again. I really didn’t know many other chvrches songs until I watched this video and it was pretty cool seeing they have had different tracks. Although I wasn’t really feeling that second single but I’d say it’s probably because it’s so different from there other songs. Still I’ll probably get there 2015 album for Christmas if I ask for it and I really hope they release another track off this new album.

    XD at the Taylor swift joke too that’s sure to get her fans a chuckle(or angry probably angry but since your on screenwave I don’t think it’ll be an issue if it is though then fight em Nash);)

  15. Hey! Chvrches!

    I was getting a little afraid that I was turning into one of those ‘all this new music sucks’ guys. But finding this synth pop stuff with MS MR and Chvrches put me more at ease. Then finding things like Dead Sara or Bear’s Den, I realized I’m fine- there’s just certain musical trends that I don’t care for and that’s pretty normal.

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