Feb 23, 2016 5:19PM

Chvrches Take The Proust Questionnaire

Real talk.

Chvrches are a Scottish synth-pop band made up of three very talented humans — singer/angel Lauren Mayberry, and ultimate instrument slashies Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. They're also the fifth subject in our ongoing Proust series for Laneway Festival 2016. Très excite!

Jerico Mandybur, our resident stand-in for old mate Marcel Proust, got real deep with the Glasgow gang backstage and you can cop all the results below.

Jerico MandyburWhat's your idea of earthly happiness?
Iain Cook: Consistency. You know, people that you like being around you all the time.
Lauren Mayberry: Simple. Simple but effective. 

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Lauren: I don't know. Feeling disconnected or misunderstood, I suppose.
Who are your favourite people in history?
Martin Doherty: Gandalf.
Iain: History… Really?
Martin: He's real, isn't he?
Lauren: Technically. I suppose he's a fictional character, which is a part of history. Gloria Steinem, she's still alive but she's definitely a part of history. I'll take Gloria.

What qualities do you most admire in a friend?
Iain: Loyalty, humour and honesty.
Lauren: Empathy and kindness.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Iain: Astronaut! Didn't work out so well.
Lauren: I think I wanted to be a vet and then I realised there would be a lot of animal death involved and then I didn't want to do that anymore!
Martin: I just wanted to be a footballer or musician. I got one of the two, that's pretty good!

What's your most marked characteristic?
Martin: Ambition, I would like to think I'm a fairly ambitious chap.
Lauren: See, I was gonna say anxiety but that's not a good part [laughs]. I'd like to think I'm quite considerate I guess!

What's your principal defect?
Lauren: Oh! Anxiety. There you go [laughs].

Who are your favourite writers?
Lauren: I like a writer called Anne Carson. And Maya Angelou; can't go wrong with a bit of Maya Angelou.

True. Who are your heroes in real life?
Martin: Bowie, but he's gone now…
Lauren: He's historical now, that's so sad. I think Malala Yousafzai is very inspiring… and after following the elections Bernie Sanders seems like an actual good guy who is actually a politician, which is great to see. It's exciting to see people trying to do good things.

What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Lauren: I'm not athletic in any way at all so I would be interested in that… and the ability to whistle because I can't really whistle.
Iain: You can't whistle?
Lauren: Not really, no.

What's your present state of mind?
Martin: Pretty content.
Iain: Content is good.
Martin: Maybe a little tired…
Lauren: I think the Laneway run has been a really nice vibe, nice bands, so I think everyone feels quite chilled out. That doesn't often happen at festivals when everyone's running around doing tons of shit all the time…

Good to hear. And how would you like to die, if you could choose?
Martin: I'd like to be absorbed by a collapsing star…
Iain: That would be pretty instantaneous!
Martin: …by a black hole. You're supposed to see the entire death of the universe flash before your eyes, that's the physics theory behind it.
Iain: I'd like to die in my garden with a whiskey and a pipe.
Lauren: I don't know. I try not to think about it that much. Maybe in my sleep so I don't know very much about it. Any kind of one where you don't know that much about it is probably the best for everybody.

That's right, peaceful. And what is your motto?
Lauren: Death before dishonour.
Martin: I am not sure I have a motto.
Iain: Maybe we need to get one?
Martin: Live without shame or regret, whatever you do.
Iain: No regret, for sure!

Interview: Jerico Mandybur 
Photograph: Dakota Gordon

Madeleine Woon