CHVRCHES top 'Albums of 2013' poll by Scottish Blogs and Music Sites (BAMS)

Article by News Team | 11 Feb 2014

The Bones of What You Believe, the debut album by Scottish synth-pop trio CHVRCHES, has topped the official BAMS (Scottish Blogs and Music Sites) 2013 poll, which asks writers and bloggers from Scotland's top music sites and blogs to nominate their album of the year. Their win puts them ahead of a select group of indie rock veterans and electronic pioneers, including Boards of Canada, Frightened Rabbit, Fuck Buttons and The Pastels.

The list was selected by a who's who of 40 Scottish music journalists, DJs and bloggers from 29 different sites, including Radar, TYCI, Glasgow Podcart, Is This Music?, The Pop Cop, Rave Child and The Skinny. 

Commenting on their win, CHVRCHES said: "We are not normally ones for prizes / shiny things, but it's dead nice to know the bloggers enjoyed the record. You can all get a blast of the buckie... Without blogs and social networks, it is really unlikely that people would have heard of our band so quickly, and that is definitely one of the reasons we have been able to play so many different shows so early on in our career."

The full list is as follows:

1. CHVRCHES – The Bones Of What You Believe (Virgin)

2. Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse (Atlantic)

3. Adam Stafford – Imaginary Walls Collapse (Song, By Toad)

4. Rick Redbeard – No Selfish Heart (Chemikal Underground)

5. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow's Harvest (Warp)

6. The Pastels – Slow Summits (Domino)

7. The National – Trouble Will Find Me (4AD)

8. Steve Mason – Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time (Domino)

9. Kid Canaveral – Now That You Are A Dancer (Fence)

10. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus (ATP Recordings)

From the archive

CHVRCHES on their debut: "We're not in the business of writing chirpy pop songs..." 
Frightened Rabbit on Pedestrian Verse: "Making the best record you can is the goal..."
Adam Stafford on Imaginary Walls Collapse: "It’s all quite propulsive and electric..."
Rick Redbeard on No Selfish Heart: "My head’s in a different place..." 
The Skinny's Albums of 2013: Boards of Canada – Tomorrow's Harvest 
The Pastels on Slow Summits: "We all thought we wanted to try to make some quieter music..." 
The Skinny's Albums of 2013: The National – Trouble Will Find Me 
Steve Mason on Monkey Minds in the Devil's Time: "Protest needs to be re-thought completely..."
Kid Canaveral interview their hero, Edwyn Collins 
Fuck Buttons on Slow Focus: "Our music can go anywhere..."