Scottish electro-pop trio formed in 2009 in Glasgow by Lauren Mayberry (vocals, keyboards), Iain Cook (guitar, bass, synthesizers, vocals) and Martin Doherty (synthesizers, vocals), Chvrches started writing songs inspired by artists such as Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, Prince, Cocteau Twins, Cyndi Lauper and Whitney Houston.
In December 2012, the band appeared on the BBC's "Sound of 2013" list. Chvrches signed in January 2013 with the American label Glassnote Records. In March the EP Recover came out. Also in 2013, in September, the trio released their first album, entitled The Bones of What You Believe.