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Review: CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye

CHVRCHES latest effort makes a convincing case for electronic music’s continued dominance...

It’s not as if there isn’t enough synth pop in the world already, but CHVRCHES latest effort makes a convincing case for electronic music’s continued dominance. Building on the blend of heavy synths, emotional drama and melodic hooks that made their debut album so enjoyable, ‘Every Open Eye’ offers subtle improvement without any drastic changes to the formula.

CHVRCHES occupy an interesting niche somewhere between the hook-heavy, synth-light efforts of Years and Years and more rave-friendly material from deadmau5 and classic Chemical Brothers. We end up with the best of both worlds: CHVRCHES drop the bass with much more gusto than their politer pop cousins, whilst retaining a sing-along chorus.

A lot of ‘Every Open Eye’ is very, very good. The chorus of ‘Never Ending Circles’ is a worthy successor of the band’s break-through hit ‘The Mother We Share’, and is matched with unapologetically brash synths.
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Films

Top 10 Things You Should NOT Do On A First Date

In partnership with the new film Between Two Worlds

Top 10 Things You Should NOT Do On A First Date
Between Two Worlds is the new film directed by James Marquand. It tells the story of young writer Ryan (Chris Mason) who is desperately for inspiration for his new novel whilst suffering a badly broken heart after being dumped by his glamorous girlfriend Lucy (Wallis Day) and adjusting to life away from his beloved Liverpool.

In a misguided effort to cheer him up, his two best mates, John (Elliot Gleave / Example) a successful city trader and Connor (Lucien Laviscount) a budding Hollywood actor, take him out on a tour of the wild excesses of London's party scene where he meets the girl of his dreams, art gallery owner Anna (Hannah Britland). However on his journey, Ryan becomes torn and conflicted between life’s priorities; to his friends, to his writing and to his roots.

In partnership with Between Two Worlds we asked you, live on-air, to send in…
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Politics

The Oregon Shooting And Gun Regulation In The US

Benji Hyer reports on the Oregon Shooting tragedy

The Oregon Shooting And Gun Regulation In The US
Nine people were killed in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last week. This is not the first mass shooting in America in recent times; in fact it’s become something of an epidemic threat, with deaths from guns reaching a staggering 10,000 a year. This figure far exceeds the number killed by terrorism, and yet the US government spends billions of dollars on security measures; they even make you take your shoes off at the airport because of one shoe bomb incident! It is bizarre how it took a single occasion to change entire airport security protocol, however after several mass shootings, there’s still been no change in gun policy.

Calls for gun regulation have been countered for a number of reasons. To start, important, albeit outdated, 2nd amendment entails the right to bear arms, something which Americans have clung to dearly. Additionally, the National Rifle…
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