After a triumphant series of shows across the globe, including a run of North American dates this past Fall, Australian rockers The Church have returned to the US for the second leg of the Starfish 30th Anniversary Tour. The band will be celebrating their breakout album Starfish, playing the album in its entirety, along with a selection of favorite tracks from across their vast catalog.
The Church may be best known for their massive hit song “Under The Milky Way,” which was certainly a highlight from Starfish, but they are anything but a ‘One Hit wonder’. It seems that for many in North America the Church have existed as a musical iceberg, known primarily for their hits like “Under The Milky Way,” “Reptile,” and “Metropolis,” that have existed above the water of the musical mainstream. However, like any iceberg, there is soo much more lurking just under the surface. The Church have, in fact, released more than 25 studio albums over the last 35+ years, and played to sold out venues around the World.
If you get the opportunity, don’t miss the chance to see a criminally undervalued iconic band celebrating an early jewel in their impressive catalog. Tickets are on sale now with general admission and VIP options available. We are planning to catch the show when the Church stop at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro NC this Friday.
Per the official press release –
Starfish remains best known for its iconic singles Under The Milky Way and Reptile. But like all classic albums, it’s a journey – and it starts with Destination, the six-minute epic that opens the album. In between it takes you to all point of the compass: North, South, East and West.
The sound of Starfish is open and uncluttered. That was a change for the band after the dense orchestrations of the previous album, Heyday. All 10 songs are individually memorable, yet speak to one other, making for an entirely cohesive, satisfying listening experience.
From there, the list of hits, band and fan favourites is long. Myrhh, which leader Steve Kilbey described in his memoir Something Quite Peculiar as the definitive Church song. Ripple, from the masterful Priest=Aura. Almost anything from 1982’s The Blurred Crusade.
Expect songs from Hologram of Baal, itself celebrating its 20th anniversary. And, of course, there’s The Unguarded Moment, the single that launched the band onto world stages on its release on its release in 1981.
But this is not just a nostalgia trip. The Church have been revitalized since 2014 with the addition of guitarist Ian Haug, formerly of another iconic Australian band, Powderfinger. Haug’s first outing with the band was on the acclaimed Further/Deeper, which yielded a new dynamic set-closer, the infinitely psychedelic and earth shaking Miami.
Last year’s Man Woman Life Death Infinity strengthened the bond, cementing Haug’s place with long-time fans, as well as with the rest of the band: singer, bass player and songwriter Kilbey, fellow guitarist Peter Koppes and longtime drummer Tim Powles. “Ian is a big part of the band now,” Koppes says. “He’s a consummate, intuitive musician with fantastic tones.”
Koppes goes on to sum up the band.
“Music is like inner space and we’re astronauts,” he says. It’s a spellbinding
thing, it’s hypnotizing. That’s why people like it. It takes them into another
world and we’re here to open those doors.”
The Church’s strange journey remains an endless sea of possibilities. In 2019, it’s time for the band to celebrate one of their crowning glories, but always with an eye to the future. Further. Deeper. The Church truly are a rock band for the ages.
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