Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Church

The Church Band 2002The Church is an Australian rock band formed in Canberra in 1980. Initially associated with New Wave and the neo-psychedelic sound of the mid 1980s, their music later became more reminiscent of "progressive rock," featuring long instrumental jams and complex guitar interplay.
The Church's debut album, Of Skins and Heart (1981), earned them their first radio hit "The Unguarded Moment". They were signed to major labels in Australia, Europe and the U.S. However, the U.S. label was dissatisfied with their second album and dropped the band without releasing the album. This put a dent in their commercial success, but they made a comeback in 1988, with the album Starfish and the American Top 40 hit "Under the Milky Way." Subsequently commercial success proved elusive, however, and the band weathered several line-up changes in the 1990s. The last decade has seen them settle on their current lineup, which features the original three founding members plus drummer Tim Powles.
A survey among readers of Melbourne newspaper The Age garnered 37,000 votes and the majority chose "Under the Milky Way" as the best Australian song of the last 21 years.

The Church, this week unveiled the dates of its “So Love May Find Us” tour of the U.S. in June and July. The American trek follows the release of "Untitled #23", a record that the band, on its Web site, calls “a haunting, dark, thrilling, ecstatic, melodic, psychedelic journey in 10 unforgettable pieces.” The band’s 19-date U.S. trek opens June 10 in Solana Beach, Calif., north of San Diego. Adam Franklin and Bolts of Melody, featuring the ex-Swervedriver frontman, will open the dates.
The Church, Untitled #23
The Church Untitled #23


1. “Cobalt Blue”
2. “Deadman’s Hand”
3. “Pangaea”
4. “Happenstance”
5. “Space Saviour”
6. “On Angel Street”
7. “Sunken Sun”
8. “Anchorage”
9. “Lunar”
10. “Operetta”
The Church tour dates:
June 10: Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
June 11: The Roxy, Hollywood, CA
June 12: Slim’s, San Francisco, CA
June 14: Sun Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR
June 15: Triple Door, Seattle, WA
June 18: Gothic Theatre, Denver, CO
June 20: House Of Blues, Chicago, IL
June 21: Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
June 23: Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI
June 25: The Magic Bag, Detroit, MI
June 26: Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
June 27: Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
June 28: The State Theatre, Washington DC
June 30: Ram’s Head Onstage, Annapolis, MD
July 1: The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
July 2: Showcase Live, Boston, MA
July 3: Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH
July 8: Irving Plaza, New York, NY
July 9: The Ridgefield Playhouse, Danbury, CT

"Almost Yesterday" is the Church's third odds-and-ends collection (the first was 1987's HINDSIGHT, the second was the somewhat difficult-to-find 1991 release, A QUICK SMOKE AT SPOT'S), featuring tracks spanning the years 1981 through 1990. Though ... Full Descriptionthere's some crossover with the earlier collections, this one includes the band's biggest "hit," the brilliant "Under the Milky Way," and more importantly, their inspired cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "I Am a Rock," only available on CD in this collection. It also features the staggering "Texas Moon," a hard-to-find track that ranks among the band's best ever.

Everything here is good. "The Unguarded Moment" is a gorgeous pop masterpiece, "Electric Lash" features a dated but astonishingly cool drum loop and Steve Kilbey's lyrics at their hallucinogenic best, and "Tantalized" highlights Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes' amazing guitar interplay.

Almost Yesterday The Church(1994) Almost Yesterday 1981-1990
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The Unguarded Moment
For A Moment We're Strangers
Tear It All Away
Life Speeds Up
Almost With You
When You Were Mine
I Am A Rock
Electric Lash
Into My Hands
Constant In Opal
Shadow Cabinet
Under The Milky Way
Texas Moon

The Church Discography


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