Words & Photos by Kenny Bieber

December 7, 2021

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Plenty of artists have been relishing the opportunity to release and perform new music these days. Two such artists who have truly maximized their return to the stage would have to be Scottish synth-pop talent Chvrches touring off their recent record Screen Violence and opener Donna Missal who is also touring off of recent material. Both acts who performed two nights at Terminal 5 delivered some of their strongest and most well-rounded performances to date and showcased their tremendous range and vitality as performers.

Missal delivered a tight yet compelling opening set that was intimate, soulful and represented her small, unified band effectively. Her diverse and eclectic blend of ALT-pop, rock and R&B made for an organic and seamlessly paced set. Vocally, she made captivating use of her dynamic range, allowing for each song to truly stand out while creating space for her backing band to shine through on multiple occasions as well. As an opener, Missal was the rare act to feel as fully formed as the headliner and her performance was a strong indicator of her apparent talent and her genuine progression as an artist. Overall Donna Missal was an electrifying opener and managed to set the mood for the evening while also creating a unique and rewarding live experience in her own right.

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Donna Missal

As a headlining act, Chvrches made a truly exciting and joyous impression on stage bringing their recent material to life in an imaginative and exuberant fashion throughout the night. Lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry anchored the set with her captivating and high-energy stage presence and vocally was in tremendous form delivering a varied set of emotions and energy to each song in the setlist. Recent cuts “He Said She Said” and “Forever” made a genuine impression on stage and each band member truly felt in sync and invigorated all across the board. As a frontwoman, Mayberry was consistently vibrant and upbeat and her chemistry and banter with her bandmates and the audience. Credit also to the rest of the band for their genuine musicality which truly enhanced each song in the set. Also impressive were the imaginative visuals on display which vividly brought the material to life and added a layer of spectacle to the show which Chvrches as a band utilized to tremendous effect.

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As a live experience, Chvrches have long been one of the most consistently engaging and enjoyable acts around and the “Screen Violence” tour is arguably their most accomplished and dynamic live performance yet. With its combination of unique visuals, high-energy performances and a strong setlist of recent hits and fan favorites, the "Screen Violence" tour is a genuine triumph for Chvrches.  Credit as well to the equally captivating Donna Missal for opening the show in truly exciting fashion.

Overall, both Chvrches and Donna Missal have created their most rewarding live experiences yet with this current tour.  Fans and new-comers alike will find plenty to love during these live shows;  truly a notable success all around! Be sure to follow both Chvrches and Donna Missal on all streaming and social media and streaming platforms for more information regarding new releases and shows near you!


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Kenny Bieber is a local music journalist and photographer who also highly values a good pun, quality milkshake and swears he doesn’t have too many records. He’s generally just happy to be here.

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