15 global acts in Laneway line-up

15 global acts in Laneway line-up
Global acts at Laneway: (above) Chvrches from Scotland, comprising (from left) Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty and Iain Cook; Savages and Daughter from England; and Haim from Los Angeles.

Scottish synth-pop trio Chvrches have released only several singles and an EP before being hyped up as the next big thing on music blogs and among indie tastemakers earlier this year.

Fans here can see what the fuss is all about when the band play here as part of the annual St Jerome's Laneway Festival Singapore at The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay on Jan 25.

Life! can exclusively reveal that besides Chvrches, 14 other global acts have been confirmed for the indie music festival and these include other up-and- coming names such as Haim, a trio of sisters from Los Angeles, English post-punk band Savages and English indie pop trio Daughter.

And while he acknowledges the hype that has been surrounding his band, Chvrches co-founder Iain Cook, 39, says that he and the other members are careful to not let all the praise go to their heads.

"I think it is something we have been careful to safeguard against," says Cook, who sings as well as plays the synthesizers, guitars and bass in the group. The group also include lead singer and synth player Lauren Mayberry, 26, and synth player and singer Martin Doherty, 31.

Despite the spelling, the band's monicker is pronounced "churches" and Cook explains that the stylised spelling, using a "V" instead of a "U", is to help music lovers find them more easily on search engines.

The band released their anticipated debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe, on Monday.

Earlier this month, online indie bible Pitchfork called their debut album one of the most anticipated releases this year, while the BBC featured them as one of the finalists in its Sound of 2013 annual listing of the year's best new music acts.

Cook adds that the songs for the album were written even before the music press started taking notice of them.

"We were writing them in seclusion, when there were no pressure or eyes on us at all. That changed when people started hearing us and talking about what we did. We were careful to make sure that it didn't affect us in any way, and that we were able to keep working away, ignoring all the other stuff."

Still, he admits that he finds the acclaim from fans and critics "very exciting".

"It's quite energising to see that people are really excited about what we do. But we tend not to read reviews and bother too much about what people are saying about the band."

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