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Chvrches' congregation continues to grow

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Chvrches [cq] may have formed as a studio project, but the Scottish synthpop trio has become an active live band, playing full tours and all the key festivals and even opening for Depeche Mode during 2013.

And singer Lauren Mayberry says the group is still getting used to that facet of its world.

"It's surprising to get somewhere and actually have there be people at the show," says Mayberry, was working in the band Blue sky Archives when she met Iain Cook of Aereogramme in September of 2011, who then brought in Martin Doherty. "We've been in those bands when you play on a Tuesday night to 12 people, or there's more people in the band than in the crowd.

"So the fact that we can go somewhere ridiculously far away from home and you haven't dragged any of your friends to the show and there's people that are actually interested and connecting with what you're doing is a really powerful thing."

Chvrches is off to a strong start with its first album, "The Bones of What You Believe," which came out in September and debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 and No. 9 in the U.K. The group will be on the road into the fall, when it hopes to start work on its next album, but it's fan base may also grow further thanks to the song "We Sink" being included in the FIFA 2014 video game.

"Martin is very excited about it because he plays an awful, awful lot of FIFA," Mayberry says. "I don't think me and Iain are crazy about it. We're aware of it. I guess it's a big deal. I saw somebody the other day -- a grown man -- with a World Cup sticker book, so maybe I should get one of those to help me get excited about it, I'm not sure."

Chvrches and The Range perform Saturday, June 7, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call (248) 392-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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