9 November 2011

Press Release : Red Hill Auditorium Perth

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Red Hill Auditorium – Sunday 4th Dec 2011

the church return to Perth for a special concert at the Red Hill Auditorium on Sunday 4th December 2011. Since the last two sold out shows at the Quarry Amphitheatre in December 2009 the band has been extremely busy. In October 2010 they were inducted into the Australian Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. In February 2011 they toured the USA with their “Future Past Perfect Tour” playing three classic albums in their entirety Untitled #23, Priest=Aura and Starfish. In April this year they played a sold out concert, “A Psychedelic Symphony” at the Sydney Opera House with the 70 piece George Ellis Orchestra.

At Red Hill the band will be performing songs from their deep catalogue including popular favourites such as Under The Milky Way and Almost With You as well as thought provoking lyrical gems entwined with evocative moods, crashing drums and bass and ringing guitars.

This show is also special by nature of the bill, including The Triffids and Ed Kuepper. Kuepper most famously from seminal Brisbane punk outfit The Saints and the newest ‘Bad Seed’. (Martyn Casey from The Triffids an established ‘Bad Seed’ already). The Triffids need no introduction to a Perth audience. Steve Kilbey performed as guest vocalist with them on their reformation dates in January 2008.

The show promises to explore the more creative side of Australian music with these three most interesting artists. Held in an open air setting at Red Hill Auditorium on a balmy night in paradise, this is a concert not to be missed.

23 October 2011

Press Release : “Dos Momentos Especiales” Acoustic Shows

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“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


4 October 2011

Press Release : Future Past Perfect Tour Announcement

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“Future Past Perfect Tour” December 2011

Performing three classic albums in their entirety


the church’s 30th Anniversary year has taken the band all over the USA and Australia with the induction in October 2010 into the ARIA Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.  In April 2011 the band played their “A Psychedelic Symphony” concert at a sold out Sydney Opera House with the 70-piece George Ellis Orchestra.

To conclude these celebrations the band are pleased to announce the Australian “Future Past Perfect Tour” in December 2011. The band will perform an album from each decade of their existence – the critically acclaimed Untitled #23, perennial fan favourite Priest=Aura and the iconic Starfish. In America the shows were rapturously received and reviews were outstanding. As this tour comes to Australia it is an opportunity to experience the past, present and future of one of Australia’s best and most intriguing bands.

Untitled #23 released in 2009 is widely regarded as a modern classic and has received glowing reviews from the music press, including an unprecedented 5 star review in Rolling Stone magazine. Priest=Aura (1992) has constantly been voted as a favourite of church fans over the years and Starfish (1989) is the album that put the church on the map in America. Starfish features along with The Blurred Crusade (1982) as one of two entries by the band in the “The Best 100 Australian Albums” book published in 2011.

The ticket price includes an exclusive A4 program featuring album and single sleeve artwork, selected lyrics and photographs of Steve Kilbey, Peter Koppes, Tim Powles and Marty Willson-Piper. This seated show will include two intermissions and will last for three and half hours with no support. Playing the albums in reverse chronological order the band ask you to simply close your eyes, sit back and join us on this special journey through the decades.


“Future Past Perfect Tour”


SUN 11TH DEC WAVES Wollongong NSW (On Sale Now)


FRI 23RD  DEC  & SAT 24TH THE POWERHOUSE Brisbane QLD (On Sale Now)


FRI 30TH   DEC THE FORUM Melbourne VIC (On Sale 24th October)



the church

“Future Past Perfect Tour” December 2011

Performing three classic albums in their entirety

1 June 2011

Press Release : UNIVERSE WITHIN Autism Awareness and Benefit Gig


Autism Awareness and Benefit Gig

with members of

the church

and special eclectic guests

JUNE 23RD , 2011




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Press Release date – Wednesday June 1, 2011

Steven Kilbey, Peter Koppes and Tim Powles announce UNIVERSE WITHIN, an Autism Awareness and Benefit Gig. This very special one-off performance, which sees the three taking the stage with an array of special guests, will be held at The Red Rattler in Marrickville on June 23, and will donate money raised to the not-for-profit organisation, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect).

Autism spectrum disorders affect at least 1 in 160 people.  Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that remains largely misunderstood by the community, despite its prevalence and far-reaching consequences.  Early intervention and treatment of the disorder opens up the best opportunities for progress so that many people with Autism can lead productive lives.

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) works in partnership with families and service providers, offering evidence-based interventions for individual needs, including early intervention services, assessments, workshops, volunteer support, and outreach programs.  Aspect also offers services for adults with Autism spectrum disorders.  All programs rely on community support and aim to maximise learning potential, participation, and independence by increasing capacity and confidence.

As well as musical performances,   the UNIVERSE WITHIN Autism Awareness and Benefit Gig will also feature artworks and photographs for sale and/or auction and involvement from Aspect representatives.  What’s more, we are told that “a special treat may be in store for some Church fans hampering to hear some songs from the Refo:mation” (Tim Powles).

There will be no door charge on the night.  Instead, punters are asked to be generous and dig as deep as you can by leaving a completely tax deductable donation on entry of around $60.

(Tax deductible receipt can be issued)
For more information on Autism spectrum disorders, visit: http://www.autismspectrum.org.au/

or call the Autism Information Line on 1800 069 978 or 02 8977 8377.

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Update 18/6/11


Autism Awareness and Benefit Gig
with members of the church

Steve Kilbey, Peter Koppes and Tim Powles  (also  appearing at this one-time only
as The Refo:mation)

and special  guests (in no particular order) including

Phil Hall (Lime Spiders)
Stan Holroyd
Craig Wilson (astreetlightsong)
Jak Housden (The Whitlams)
Thom Moore (Mercy Arms)
Ricky Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre)
Jimmy Hilbun (San Franciscan Lover)
Brendan Gallagher  (karma county)
Suzi Connolly (Butterfly 9)
Russell Kilbey (songs from the Crystal Set)
Nick Kennedy (Kneivel)
Sandi Chick
Daniel Darling
Mark Moldre (Hitchcock’s Regret)
David Skeet

Intermission : showing of Russell Kilbey and Amy Scully’s award winning doco Rainman Goes to Rockwiz’

MC – Jamie Holt (The Camels)

Thursday June 23. Red Rattler. 6 Faversham Street, Marrickville.

Doors Open at 8pm

Entry via recommended $60  donation to Aspect being collected at the door.
Exclusive items for silent auction on the night.

If you can’t be at the Universe Within Autism Awareness Benefit Gig tonight, you can now donate to the cause via the following link
19 April 2011

Press Release : “A Psychedelic Symphony” Sydney Opera House

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.”

The Age
“It’s a haunting, dark, thrilling, ecstatic, melodic psychedelic journey in ten unforgettable pieces. “

Beat Magazine
“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.” ****

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Unorthodox Press Release April 2011

7 December 2010

Press Release : USA 2011 Tour Announcement

An Evening with the church

Future Past Perfect. Winter Tour USA 2011

Three decades of the church in three classic albums.

Untitled #23, Priest=Aura and Starfish performed in their entirety in one night. In an unprecedented touring event the church return to select cities in the USA to play not one, but three classic albums in one night!

The band, recently inducted into the Australian Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, will begin the night in the present, covering the last decade with the critically acclaimed Untitled #23. Proceeding backwards into the ‘90s the band will then perform perennial fan favourite, Priest=Aura (an album not supported by a tour when originally released in the USA).  And, what better way to conclude the evening than with a performance of the all-time classic album, Starfish.

Come early, leave late and enjoy three great albums in succession played live and electric from one of the great inventive rock bands of our time.

Reissues of the band’s early albums will also finally be available in the USA alongside contemporary releases, all on the Second Motion Entertainment label. The reissues will come in luxurious digi-packs with rare photos and exhaustive sleeve notes written by Marty Willson-Piper.

Constantly releasing new challenging material, embracing their past and reinventing themselves in the present, touring across the decades, performing their music in many different ways, the church continue to evolve into a unique musical entity.  This event is an experience not to be missed for music lovers of all ages, creeds, denominations and persuasions.

the church US Dates February 2011

2 – Los Angeles, CA. – El Rey Theatre
4 – San Francisco, CA. – Great American Music Hall
7 – Seattle, WA. – Triple Door
8 – Seattle, WA. – Triple Door
11 – Chicago, IL. – Park West
13 – Alexandria, VA. – The Birchmere
15 – Philadelphia, PA. – The Trocadero
16 – New York, NY. – Highline Ballroom
17 – New York, NY. – B.B. King’s
18 – Foxboro, MA. – Showcase Live
22 – Atlanta, GA – The Variety Playhouse

* Please note that Feb 21 will be a special acoustic show at The Handlebar in Greenville, SC.

2 December 2010

Official Press Release : “A Psychedelic Symphony” @ The Sydney Opera House

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“A Psychedelic Symphony”

Celebrating their 30th Anniversary At The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Ladies and gentleman – IMC in association with MAX are both excited and honoured to present this important and special news announcement, December 2010.

‘Johnny Marr hounded me to be in The Smiths. One night soon after, we (Johnny Marr & Mike Joyce) went to watch The Church and I decided I would’.
Mike Joyce / Johnny Marr – The Smiths, Mojo Magazine

To celebrate the milestone of their 30th Anniversary, the church, one of Australia’s and the world’s most prolific and creative bands will perform an exclusive concert with the magnificent George Ellis Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Sunday April 10th 2011. This tantalizing prospect will see Steve Kilbey, Peter Koppes, Tim Powles and Marty Willson-Piper perform a selection of their greatest songs in a unique ‘best of’ event that simply cannot be missed. Rapturous arrangements, rich tapestries, raw power and sublime beauty revealed in the aesthetic surroundings of an iconic architectural masterpiece

The recent induction into the 2010 ARIA Hall Of Fame, has allowed the band to reflect on their huge body of work as they continue to pursue their artistic aspirations both live and in the studio. Their last album
Untitled #23 on their own Unorthodox Records label was lauded by the press as the best of their career, attaining a 5 star review in Australian Rolling Stone. To mark the 30th Anniversary of the band, EMI have re released their first four albums, (with the next four to follow shortly) in luxury packaging with extra tracks, rare photos and detailed sleeve notes written by Marty Willson-Piper. A career spanning compilation is also available.

Alongside timeless classics such as ‘The Unguarded Moment’, ‘Under The Milky Way’, ‘Metropolis’ and ‘Almost With You’, the church continue to redefine what it is to be a band, evolving without compromise from hit makers into one of the world’s most acknowledged and inventive rock groups. With a combination of chemistry, talent and a desire for excellence, their unique and distinctive guitar sounds and thought-provoking lyrics have succeeded in inspiring both the audience and the critics’ imagination on a global level.

“A Psychedelic Symphony” will see George Ellis lead his orchestra into dynamic crescendos and sensuous odysseys. This ubiquitous conductor and musical director has worked a diverse range of projects highlights include the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games, the Athens Olympics, the Jakarta Arts Festival, and many concerts at the famous Spiegeltent. George has worked with a myriad of distinguished musicians including Lou Reed, Alex Lloyd and Augie March to name but a few. He has toured internationally to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and London. He has lectured at prestigious music institutions including the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Canberra School of Music and has presented workshops in Music Theatre and Conducting for NIDA and the Australian Society for Music Education. He is the Musical Director of the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra.

“A Psychedelic Symphony” is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the music of the church
as they celebrate their illustrious 30-year career at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall,
Sunday April 10th 2011.

Tickets on sale December 10th 2010 from the Sydney Opera House or Ticketek



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21 October 2010

Press Release : ARIA HALL OF FAME induction


Steve Kilbey, Peter Koppes, Tim Powles and Marty Willson-Piper are proud, excited and humbled to announce that the church will be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame along with John Williamson, Johnny Young, Models and The Loved Ones on Wednesday 27th October 2010 in Sydney, Australia at the Hordern Pavilion.
“For 2010, ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) is proud to announce the impending induction of five distinct and authentic Australian music voices into the HALL OF FAME – John Williamson, Models, Johnny Young, The Loved Ones and the church. All of these artists are ingrained in Australia’s history as much as its future and now 2010 is the year to celebrate their contribution.

The ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) HALL OF FAME continues to be an important fixture on the Australian music industry calendar honouring those artists whose musical achievements have had a significant impact in Australia, and around the world.”

This esteemed awards night will be televised by SBS Television’s RocKwiz on Saturday 30th October at 9.20pm

Visit the official ARIA website for further news and ticket information


ARIA Chairman and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Music Entertainment Australia & NZ Denis Handlin, AM said, “It’s very exciting to be again celebrating the extraordinary history of Australian popular music and the many incredible artists who have made it so special. We are delighted to induct such a distinguished group of Australian artists into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Between them there are many years of unforgettable music history, including the 40th career anniversary of John Williamson and the 30-year anniversary of the church.  We are proud to honour them all.”

For the first time since it began in 2005 as a standalone event, the ARIA HALL OF FAME will be staged in Sydney at the Hordern Pavilion on Wednesday, 27 October, 2010.  It will also, for the first time, be broadcast on free to air television on SBS’ RocKwiz.

“SBS is thrilled to be the new broadcast partner for the ARIA Hall of Fame, honouring musical brilliance from around the country.  It’s a true testament to the popularity of RocKwiz that we have been asked to come on board to present this prestigious event” said Matt Campbell, Director of Television and Online Content, SBS.

With their unique and distinctive guitar sounds and lyrics forever inspiring imagination, the church have grown without compromise into one of the most well-respected rock groups amongst peers and fans the world over. Formed in Sydney in 1980, the church has always been in a parallel orbit to the pop world, an utterly engaging art-rock trip that is far easier to experience than to describe. From the debut album Of Skins and Hearts (with national hit The Unguarded Moment) to the artistically and commercially successful Starfish (with the world-wide recognised hit Under the Milky Way and guitar driven Reptile), and iconic songs such as Almost With You and When You Were Mine through to 2009’s lush, organic masterpiece Untitled #23 (the album that Rolling Stone Australia gave an unprecedented 5 star review), bassist and lead vocalist Steve Kilbey, guitarists Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper and drummer/producer Tim Powles have continued through three whole decades to pleasure their fans with a unerring  sense of space, melody,  beat driven prose and sonic charm. Of the church, legendary music writer and fan David Fricke wrote “At its most compelling, the band scrambles the real and the surreal with ease, rattling its stately guitarchitecture with howling north-wind echo and the troubled undertow of Kilbey’s enigmatic lyrics. It’s like being in the middle of a recurring but constantly evolving dream where only the faces remain the same.”  A combination of chemistry, talent and desire for excellence has found the church in 2010 with the luxury of reflecting on their huge body of work, having never before stopped long enough to rest on any laurels. On their 30th anniversary the church continue to redefine what a rock band should be whether performing live or in the studio. ARIA is proud to induct them into the Hall of Fame.

On behalf of the church, Steve Kilbey said “We were all thrilled to hear of our impending induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame.  To be honoured by an industry that we love being a part of, and to be in the Hall of Fame alongside bands that we’ve been fans of ourselves, is more than we ever expected”

With special guest inductors yet to be announced, musical performances and the unique collaboration with RocKwiz, the 2010 ARIA HALL OF FAME, promises to deliver an irreverent celebration of our historic musical diversity. Simply, this is a night not to be missed.

For all 2010 ARIA HALL OF FAME updates please go to www.ariaawards.com.au which features all the latest on the 2010 inductees and in-depth history of the ARIA HALL OF FAME and ARIA AWARDS.”

Wednesday, 27 October, 2010
Hordern Pavilion
Broadcast by SBS Television’s RocKwiz on Saturday, 30 October at 9.20pm EST