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Old 07-20-2009, 08:18 AM   #91
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Cos it looks better in person than in photos????

*hopes for an Adelaide heatwave so someone might have to shave*

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Old 09-10-2009, 10:41 PM   #92
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Steve Kilbey in a Tux!





He does clean up well!

This was at the Kilbey/Kennedy "unseen words, unheard music" album launch.

link to the photographer's (mandy-pixel/Mandy Hall) Flickr's page.
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Wow! Steve looks pretty dapper there!

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Old 09-10-2009, 11:27 PM   #94
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Wow! Steve looks pretty dapper there!

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He does!

I've heard they plan to release a DVD of the performance. I just hope they actually do it!
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:43 AM   #95
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A link to Martin Kennedy's blog for a few more shots. Scroll down and check out some of MK's "Adventures in Kilbeyland" comic panels. Some are really cute.
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SK in a tux!!!!!! Is this the first sign of the apocalypse???? This is making the December show all the more exciting!!!!!
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:23 PM   #97
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Australian tour dates.

Nov 28th THE ZOO, Brisbane QLD
Support: astreetlightsong

Dec 4th THE GOVERNOR HOTEL, Adelaide SA
Support: astreetlightsong

Dec 5th THE CORNER HOTEL, Melbourne VIC
Support: The Kicks/astreetlightsong

Dec 9th LIZOTTES, Kincumber, Central Coast NSW (Acoustic)
Support: Mark Moldre

Dec 10th LIZOTTES, Newcastle NSW (Acoustic)
Support: Mark Moldre

Dec 11th LIZOTTES, Newcastle (Acoustic)
Support: Mark Moldre

Dec 12th THE FACTORY THEATRE, Sydney NSW
Support: The Kicks

Dec 17th QUARRY AMPITHEATRE, Perth WA (SOLD OUT) Support: Day of the Dead

Dec 18th QUARRY AMPITHEATRE, Perth WA
Support: Day of the Dead
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This last third of the year is gonna be massive: Church, B52s AND Jarvis Cocker in Adelbrain all in the same week!!!!
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:32 AM   #99
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The churchlings are touring again, so here's an interview with Steve in Time Off magazine.

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HOLY LONGEVITY, BATMAN

SINCE THEIR HUMBLE BEGINNINGS IN CANBERRA’S 1980s NEW WAVE SCENE, THROUGH LINE-UP AND DIRECTION CHANGES, THE CHURCH HAVE MANAGED TO KEEP A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS. SINGER-SONGWRITER AND BASS GUITARIST STEVE KILBEY CHATS TO MITCH KNOX ABOUT STAYING FRESH THREE DECADES AFTER BEING UNLEASHED ON THE WORLD.

If you’ve ever tried your hand at creative writing – in any format – you’ll understand how hard it can be to come up with consistently good ideas. So to look at a band like The Church, who have been steadily pumping out evocative and chameleonic music for the better part of thirty years, is to look at a band with a secret; some kind of sonic fountain of youth. Surely the proof is in the pudding: the band released their 23rd chronological release (and 20th full-length) earlier this year, Untitled #23, to widespread critical and audience acclaim, showing no signs of being an act old enough to have fathered some of you. But lead singer/bassist Steve Kilbey maintains they approached Untitled #23 like they do all their albums. After all, there’s not really a secret – or if there is, he’s not too sure what it is.

“We’re never focused,” he says. “We’re never sitting there like one unit, going, ‘Let’s do this’, and everyone going, ‘Yeah’. It’s pretty much, like, whatever’s going on at the time; people going through their different individual musical phases. I don’t know what the other guys are listening to; I don’t know what kind of album they wanted to make. So I guess we just randomly apply our process of writing and we never know what we’re going to come up with, and I guess we accidentally came up with this one this time, which people seem to like.

“I wish I knew what [our secret] was, so we could do it next time, because next time we’re all going to be arguing about how to do it again, and first of all, no-one will be able to agree on how we did it, and no-one will even be able to agree to what we actually had done in the first place. I think when we finish a record everybody sees it differently.”

What caught Kilbey off-guard about Untitled #23’s release was not so much everyone in the band having different perceptions of the album, but rather that the audience saw it very differently to him.

“I’m a bit like a parent who wasn’t that impressed with his child, and then the child went out into the world and did well and suddenly I was like, ‘Yes, well, I always knew he’d be a good boy’,” he says. “I am, seriously. I didn’t have that high hopes for this album. I thought it was... I don’t know. I don’t know how I felt towards it; kind of a bit indifferent. Then, when it did kind of well, I changed my opinion. I had to.

“I thought we were banging against a wall and I thought it didn’t really matter what we would do that people would kind of… for a long time now, we’ve been getting reviews that say, ‘Oh yeah, another good album from The Church. Next!’ You know? So I felt like, well, we’ve made another kind of good album, and people will say the same thing, and I was a bit resigned, I guess. I was kind of surprised when people noticed it.”

But notice it people did, and it wasn’t long until the band launched their So Love May Find Us Tour earlier this year – which included a trip through the United States and Canada – and now the band is returning to our shores to complete their tour.

“I think it’s going to be pretty good,” Kilbey admits. “Tickets are selling quite well in the cities, and Perth’s already sold out – two nights in Perth – so I think it’s going to be a good show. We have to figure out what we’re going to play yet, but I think it’s going to be good.

“[Expect] a lot more intensity than you probably think you’re going to get. We’ve become very intense. We’re really rockin’ these days. We’re really loud. We’re quite brash. We’re going to do a lot of songs off our new album, and we’ll do a smattering of old and mid-period stuff.”

To coincide with the tour, the band are unveiling three additional releases: a four-track EP, which boasts a near-50 minute runtime and was recorded during the Untitled #23 sessions, and two re-issues – a remastering of Shriek: Excerpts From The Soundtrack, on which the band collaborated with American sci-fi author Jeff VanderMeer, and a reissue of Back With Two Beasts, an album originally released in 2005 in online digital format.

Says Kilbey of the EP’s unusually long duration, “Yeah, I think there’s a 36-minute long instrumental track on it, that’s why you’ll find that enormous length. “I didn’t have 36 minutes spare to listen to it, so I don’t know what it is. 36 minutes in a day, that’s a big chunk of your day. That’s like 1/48th of your whole day to hand over to listen to some bunch of geezers having a jam.”

To hear one of Australia’s music legends speak so derisively of himself is jarring, but Kilbey insists he and his bandmates are not over the hill yet.

“I think potentially we could go on and still make some very, very good records. Age shall not weary us the way it has wearied other bands,” he says. “But what we have to fight off is that thing that hits middle-aged and elderly people, of sort of just going through the showbiz kind of motions, and The Church is really determined not to do that. Well, we haven’t so far, and I’m kind of onto it. I’m onto it.

“And every time it creeps in, I try and do something about it. We can’t help getting old, but we can help becoming that old, stupid thing, where we’re like a parody… But obviously as institutions and individuals and even civilisations grow old, they tend to become corrupt or dry or they crumble or they can burn or they can become arrogant; it’s hard to resist all these impulses and cheat the machine, kind of. At least I’m aware of the syndrome, and I will be battling it.”

But at the end of it all, regardless of what lies ahead, Kilbey remains pretty thankful for all that’s gone by.

“You know, I wish I was a few rungs further up the ladder. I wish I was richer and more successful, and younger, and had a nicer car, and all that,” he says. “But on the other hand, I know a lot of geezers that started playing guitar at the same time as me, and now they’ve got really boring day jobs, and I get to stay at home and not do very much except make music.

“Whatever happens, I’ve kind of had a good run. I can’t deny that. I have had a good run. For 30 years, I’ve eked a living out of showbiz. Even if it stopped tomorrow, and I had to go and get a job in the post office as one of my relatives recently suggested to me – said I’d be a good postie, and I thought, well, okay – I have made 30 years out of strumming a guitar. You can’t be too bitter about that.”
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"get a job in the post office as one of my relatives recently suggested to me – said I’d be a good postie"



He would probably look cute in the shorts.


I love the "We're never focused" line. And the bit about all sitting around next time arguing about exactly what they did this time around. I love that they are always winging it.
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The Church: This is not our city

THE City of Churches has never been in love with The Church.

That’s according to vocalist/bassist Steve Kilbey, who says he always enjoys visiting but never expects a huge welcome.

``Adelaide’s never made up its mind on The Church,’’ Kilbey says.

``Even when we were big, Adelaide was never crazy on us. They’ve never really bought it hook, line and sinker. We could be in Melbourne and they’d be going nuts and the next night we’d be in Adelaide and they’d be like `er, yeah, it’s The Church’. It’s funny, isn’t it.

``I think for our Adelaide concert we’ve sold 200 tickets and in Perth we’ve sold out two nights, which is like 1200.’’

The anomaly even applies to The Church’s most recent release, Untitled #23, which garnered rave reviews across the board except for one particular spot.

``At one stage on the (US) tour we got 100 reviews, a big folder of reviews came through, and I asked `are there any bad reviews?’ and they said `there’s one’. I asked `where’s it from?’ and they said `it’s from Adelaide’.

``The guy in Adelaide said `oh, you know, The Church, more boring stuff, same old thing, does anyone care any more?’. He got it wrong. I hope I meet up with him some day.’’

Regardless of Adelaide’s cold shoulder, The Church is currently on a roll, having toured the US and Canada earlier in the year in the afterglow of strong reviews for Untitled #23.

``One critic I can’t remember if it was in Chicago or Milwaukee said it was the in the trilogy of the three greatest albums of all time with Sgt Pepper and Dark Side of the Moon, which is so excessive it’s not even flattering, it’s in the realms of fantasy. Generally speaking, most of the reviews were glowing. Most of the people have been saying it’s a contender for album of the year.

``They all agreed that it was our best album ever or at least our best album for a long time. It’s been like pretty ecstatic, glowing reviews.’’

When quizzed on the special bond he shares with guitarists Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes who formed the band with Kilbey in 1980 along with ``new boy’’ drummer Tim Powles (``he’s only been in the band for 16 years’’), he balks at the mention of ``camaraderie’’.

``I think that’s stretching it. We have a working relationship, we like playing music together.’’

Naughty, naughty Adelaide.

You know for a band that doesn't like each other all that well, they've done pretty well staying together.
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Wow, we really suck!!! And in my case I really do suck, seeing as how I um, er, kinda missed the gig Still, reptile was there, he woulda made it 201....
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Decent gig in Melbourne tonight. The Church themselves played well (not my ideal setlist at all but I enjoyed everything I heard apart from On Angel Street). Can't fault them much. You Took, Reptile, An Interlude, Myrrh, and Block were highlights for me. Especially You Took. Smashing Pumpkins cover was hilarious.

The crowd, on the other hand, blew. They ranged between apathetic and dull to rude and talkative, as if a band weren't even on stage. Really drained the atmosphere, and it didn't feel as if any particular energy permeated the venue at all. What a shame. I reckon The Church deserved better.

Loved some of the requests people yelled out. I got in on the act and called for Memories In Future Tense. Judging by what I've seen of The Church's static setlists, I'm not surprised none of them were paid.

(Though I bet the guy who called for Reptile right before they played it is feeling pretty good with himself. Or just already knew the band's setlist.)
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I don't think I really like the Corner anymore .. well, for Church gigs anyway. Seemed to be quite a few tools in the audience and drunk girls trying to push in front of me Still a very good show ..

Last nights gig at the Workers Club in Fitzroy was simply brilliant Axver shoulda come to this one instead. Such a brilliant vibe, very funny ... just wonderful all-round. So many good bits.

My favourite part was Marty yelling at us to stop giggling and my sis yelled out for them to play living on a prayer Steve laughed and said he'll be john bon jovi, marty richie sambora and Peter .... err.. Heather Locklear


Going up to Newcastle and Sydney on Wednesday, and very much looking forward to another acoustic show, if it's anything like the Melbourne one!!!!
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Spoke to reptile yesterday, he said Adelaide's gig was one of the best Church gigs he's ever seen. The band gelled like he hadn't seen for some time. Even Steve was on top form!!!!
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Yikes! I kind of missed this thread! I'm just heading for bed, but wanted to post a link to these pics from the Corner gig:

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