the church return to Australia on Sunday April 10th 2011 to perform “A Psychedelic Symphony”, a very special concert presented by International Music Concepts and held at the iconic Sydney Opera House.
The band will perform a selection of their greatest musical moments of the last 31 years alongside 67 young and vibrant players from the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra conducted by the irrepressible George Ellis. Featuring 3 talented soloists – Patti Hood on concert harp, from Joshua Tree, California, Sophie Collins on cello, based in deepest darkest Western Australia and local renowned musician Johnny Zwartz on double bass. Shelley Harland and Tiare Helberg feature on silvery backing vocals, established multi instrumentalist Craig Wilson completes the line up.
It has now been a year and a half of constant touring, celebrating the band’s 30th anniversary and performing their latest album Untitled #23 (featuring Patti, Sophie and Shelley). In April 2010 the band toured “An Intimate Space” in the USA playing a song from each of their albums in reverse chronological order, giving away a program and free CD of even more new material. In October 2010 the band were inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame and toured “An Intimate Space” in November and December in Australia. This was followed by the “Future Past Perfect” Tour in the USA playing Starfish, Priest=Aura and Untitled #23 in their entirety with another free program and a three and a half hour show of captivating music that mesmerized the sell out crowds.
With three EP’s: Pangaea, Operetta and Deadman’s Hand now released from Untitled #23 on their own Unorthodox label through MGM, the band have already begun work on a new album expected to be released in 2012. In the meantime EMI Records have followed up the stylishly packaged back catalogue. (Of Skins And Heart 1981, The Blurred Crusade 1982, Seance 1983 and Heyday 1985) with a double-disc Starfish 1988, just released and including rarities and outtakes. The releases also include unseen photos and extensive, revealing sleeve notes written by Marty Willson-Piper.
Seeing the church – Steve Kilbey, Peter Koppes, Tim Powles and Marty Willson-Piper in this spectacular setting is an event not to be missed – a one-off celebratory concert focusing on the most illustrious of careers and performing a wealth of material from their deep catalogue.
Recent Concert Reviews Have Been Outstanding:
“The band thrilled ardent followers by weaving musical spells full of grand gestures, menacing atmosphere and stratospheric radiance.”
– Jeff Elbel Chicago Sun Times February 2011
“Textures. Beyond the brilliant songwriting, it’s the sonic textures that make the church my favorite band on the planet. You can tell how much attention they pay to getting the right sound for every song. A dazzling blend of guitar tones from Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper, astute drumming by Tim Powles and sharp bass playing from Steve Kilbey waxes and wanes from melodic to dissonant to ethereal and back again; it’s stunning ensemble work that frames Kilbey’s distinctive baritone voice as he intones a rush of imaginative lyrics that wander from wry to surreal: the church sound like no other band, and create a memorable flow of music that resonates deep in my brain.”
– Anton A, Tantalized (Review of Highline Ballroom and BB Kings Shows in NYC)
Reviews of “Untitled #23” have also been exceptional around the world:
Rolling Stone Australia gave the album an unprecedented 5 star review.
“A stunningly ambitious album of shimmering rock.”
Rolling Stone USA in Fricke’s Picks,
“A genuine milestone in longevity and psychedelic invention.”
Classic Rock UK
“What is on offer – aside from a masterpiece of dynamics and craft – is the irresistible sound of integrity.”
“It’s a haunting, dark, thrilling, ecstatic, melodic psychedelic journey in ten unforgettable pieces. “
“Untitled #23 is kaleidoscopic but accessible, tightly focused psych-pop brilliance.”
Sydney Morning Herald
“Sparkling electric poetry from some guitar-shaped hole in the universe.” ****
For more information please contact:
BRIAN MCDONALD AT RiSH PUBLICITY
T +61 418 604 844 or 0418 604 844
A Goldsborough Mort 420/243 Pyrmont Street Pyrmont NSW 2009 Australia
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Unorthodox Press Release April 2011