Chvrches excited about Laneway



The holy s**t moment for Martin Doherty came a few weeks back.

New Years Eve, home in Glasgow after 12 incredible months travelling, touring and watching his band Chvrches blow up worldwide, the synth man finally took the time to pinch himself.

“It’s not often I take a step back and try and understand what’s happened for us. It’s been pretty crazy… it’s been better to just go with it,” he says.

But on New Years Eve, as the band’s song

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Ask Me Anything: 2014 Edition

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