23 October 2011

Press Release : “Dos Momentos Especiales” Acoustic Shows

the church

“Dos Momentos Especiales” December 2011

Performing two acoustic albums in their entirety


Parallel to their “Future Past Perfect” classic albums tour, Homebake Festival in Sydney, Red Hill Auditorium in Perth and Tweed Heads Show, the church will also be playing acoustic shows in NSW this December 2011.

This mini concurrent tour “Dos Momentos Especiales” will see the band perform their two acoustic albums “El Momento Descuidado” and

“El Momento Siguiente” in their entirety. Featuring re workings of classic hits, new songs and reinterpretations of album tracks, this intriguing version of the band sees the four members swapping instruments, anecdotes and notions.

Each ticket holder will receive a free program so book early to guarantee a seat for this popular stripped down incarnation of the band.

Dec 8th Thursday Lizotte’s, Kincumber

Dec 9th Friday Milton Theatre, Milton

Dec 10th Saturday Milton Theatre, Milton

Dec 15th Thursday Lizotte’s, Newcastle

Dec 16th Friday Lizotte’s, Newcastle


19 November 2010

Billboard April 13, 2010


The Church is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an acoustic tour featuring songs from throughout its career, and the Australian group’s Steve Kilbey says he and his bandmates are proud and pleased to have gotten this far.

“I feel a bit like a very old man looking in the mirror saying, ‘I’m still handsome — but I’d rather be a young man,’ ” Kilbey tells Billboard.com with a laugh. “At least I can say we’re still trying. We still have integrity. We’re not on some kind of cabaret circuit going around in matching suits and playing on cruises. We’re still a rock ‘n’ roll band.

“The Church is a funny band because we’ve sort of gone off the map,” he continues. “There are no other bands like us, no bands from 30 years ago who sort of…they either got really famous on some mega level, like The Cure, or they cease to exist. But the Church as kind of kept going on the same level.”

And, he adds, the Church’s modest level of success has actually contributed to the band’s longevity.
“Anybody can cop a bit of luxury,” Kilbey explains, “but I think that kind of thing can put a lot of pressure on a band and a band breaks up because of that. We never really made a lot of money, so there was never a lot of greediness or arguments because of money. That kind of left us free to actually concentrate on the music.”

The Church’s show, dubbed An Intimate Space 30th Anniversary North American Tour 2010, features the group playing unplugged versions of a song from every album, in reverse chronological order and encompassing both rare tracks (“Ionian Blues” from 2005’s “Back With Two Beasts”) and the quartet’s lone U.S. hit, 1988’s “Under the Milky Way.” All fans attending the shows are given a free EP featuring “Deadman’s Hand” from the Church’s latest album, 2009’s “Untitled #23,” as well as some songs recorded since then.

Kilbey says the group hasn’t started working yet on its next album but is buoyed by the positive reception to “Untitled #23.” “It got really good reviews,” he notes, “so we’re thinking very carefully before jumping in to make our next one. We’re trying to compute all the data and try to figure out what people liked about it and try to take that into consideration when we start writing again.” Meanwhile, the Church’s current label, Second Motion Records, is working on getting some of the group’s older titles back into print and is also planning to release a box set of Kilbey’s solo material, titled “Monsters and Mirages,” in May, with a bundle of his side projects planned for 2011.

The An Intimate Space tour wraps May 1 in Atlanta. Kilbey says the group is then talking about going out on an electric tour during which it will play “Untitled #23” and 1988’s “Starfish” in their entireties.”