Founding guitarist Peter Koppes has left Australian alt-rock legends The Church for the second time “to explore his own musical path,” bandleader Steve Kilbey announced on Facebook today, while also revealing the group is at work on a new studio album. Full details right here.
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The Church’s Steve Kilbey is embarking on a month-long tour of the western U.S. this week with pianist Amanda Kramer, performing at offbeat venues (“I’m coming to some strange, weird, small place near you,” he says) and promising a wide swath of material from across his career. See full dates here.
With their North American tour now underway, The Church have released the second single off Man Woman Life Death Infinity — the band’s 26th studio album, which is due to be released on Oct. 6. You can stream the new song, titled “Undersea,” in its entirety right here.
Director Mike Brook’s “warts and all” documentary on Steve Kilbey of The Church — based on the frontman’s memoir, and titled “Something Quite Peculiar: The Life & Times of Steve Kilbey” — will premiere next month at the Melbourne International Film Festival in Australia. Watch it here.
The Church, at work on a follow-up to 2014’s Further/Deeper, have released a new song called “Another Century” ahead of the band’s return to the U.S. later this month for a short run of concerts in the eastern half of the country, including a slot at Milwaukee’s Summerfest. Listen to the full track here.
Director Kriv Stenders’ new documentary on the beloved, if criminally underappreciated, Australian indie-rock act The Go-Betweens will premiere next month at the Sydney Film Festival in the band’s home country, and a new trailer offers fans an early look at the film. See the film’s trailer here.
The Factory Theatre in suburban Sydney, Australia, on Saturday hosted a 25th anniversary tribute to The Cure’s ninth album Wish that was headlined by Steve Kilbey of The Church, and featured a number of Sydney-area musicians performing songs off that record and Robert Smith and Co.’s back catalog.
The Church is marking today’s U.S. release of their new album Further/Deeper by debuting a new music video for opening track “Vanishing Man,” a clip that spotlights the artwork of frontman Steve Kilbey. The video, which you can watch below, premiered at Guitar World.
The Church will release what it’s billing as its 25th studio album next month, a collection of new material that’s been christened Further/Deeper and which marks the long-running Australian rockers’ first record without guitarist Marty Willson-Piper, who was “not available” and has been replaced by Powderfinger’s Ian Haug.
“Armed only with their guitars,” Robyn Hitchcock and The Church’s Steve Kilbey are pairing up for a short run of Australian dates — just four have been announced — this April and May during which promoters promise “an unforgettable evening of whimsical lyricism and psychedelic nursery rhymes.”
The Church’s Steve Kilbey will perform with former bandmate Richard Ploog for the first time in nearly 25 years next month when the drummer — who left after 1990’s Gold Afternoon Fix — joins Kilbey and Mark Gable of The Choirboys for a “one-off special tour” called “Discover Australia: A Stumble Through Australian Pop History.”
The Church’s Steve Kilbey dropped a New Year’s surprise for fans, releasing a nearly 3-hour documentary that features performances, interviews and “general horsing around” that he filmed during the short 1991 U.S. tour by Jack Frost, his group with Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens.
The Church has begun work on its 21st album, but the band is proceeding without founding guitarist Marty Willson-Piper, frontman Steve Kilbey announced this week in a statement that first suggests Willson-Piper simply can’t make the sessions for the new record, then implies he’s out of the band for good.
Steve Kilbey of The Church and The Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli — who have been writing new music together over the past year — made their live debut together Wednesday night with an intimate show in Los Angeles, where they performed selections from each other’s projects and premiered at least one new song,