Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry: "We Have a 'No Complaining' Policy on Tour"

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Mayberry, who earned a degree in Journalism and a graduate degree in Law, highlighted the dichotomy of the Internet age -- without an online avenue, Chvrches likely wouldn't have attained this level of success; with it, the band has unsolicitedly opened avenues for explicit objectification, thanks to some grotesquely bad apples.

"We no longer directly email with people anymore," she says ruefully. "I liked having that direct connection with our fans, but [the abuse] was something that was happening all the time, on a day-to-day basis," she reveals. "It exists, so I'm glad I wrote the letter at the end of the day."

Mayberry, who cites blogs like Feministing and The F Word among her favorites, draws inspiration from past feminist movements in music.

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"We should harness what was happening in Riot Grrrl," she says of the '90s ideology, "like working from the ground-up, starting dialogues, and getting people to share their opinions."

She's admirably fierce in her activist thought, but Mayberry keeps her cool in her day-to-day -- especially while touring, which is its own stress.

"We have a 'No Complaining' policy on tour," she laughs. "We don't succeed all the time, but we try."

After nearly a year of straight touring, Chvrches is eager to ready their next album, already "kicking some song ideas about," says Mayberry. But first, the Scots will make their way down South, where they'll play Houston for the first time on Saturday.

Mayberry is particularly excited about one of Texas' finest culinary offerings.

"There are a lot of tacos in Texas," she notes, brightly. "And I can never eat too many tacos."


Chvrches plays House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Sunday night with Basecamp. The show is sold out, but the band also plays a 4 p.m. instore that day at Cactus Music, 2110 Portsmouth. Good luck with that one.


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House of Blues

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cactus Music & Video

2110 Portsmouth St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

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