The Church will return to North America in early 2015 to tour in support of their forthcoming new album Further/Deeper. The tour will begin in Vancouver, British Columbia on February 21st and run straight into SXSW. The Church will also be performing at SXSW along with sitting for a very special interview at the convention. Tickets for all shows go on sale this week. Log on to the band’s website for the most up to date ticket information.
After over three decades of making music in various formats, lineups, places and cognitive states, this is a band who have committed, even succumbed, to exploring unchartered sonic territories. The next chapter comes in the form of new music, a new band member and a chance for that to be shared with old fans and new ones through the release of The Church’s 25th studio album titled Further/Deeper, which will be released in North America on February 3rd 2015. 2015 also marks the 35th anniversary of the band.
Rolling Stone Australia recently gave the new album four stars while remarking: “Kilbey’s somnambulistic vocals and a sense of mystery and intrigue, will never grow old, even 25 albums in. Long may they strum.”
At this stage of the journey, Further/Deeper seems both unimaginable and the only option on their endless quest from chaos to resolution. It’s an album of breathtaking new vistas and intense emotions, of sinister black caskets and gorgeous caverns of light, a work born of immense struggle and effortless expression.
With longtime member Marty Willson-Piper being unavailable, Ian Haug (Powderfinger) has come on board to partner the iconic guitar playing of founding member Peter Koppes. Alongside Steve Kilbey, stalwart drummer Tim “timEbandit” Powles – who also produced the album with the band, Haug has helped the quartet to together discover a new textural dimension, and has acted, according to Kilbey, as a “blood transfusion that has brought us back to life.”
Twenty-six songs were born over eight days of exploration in Sydney in late 2013. Guitarist Peter Koppes, recalibrating his personal canvas in the absence of his long-time foil Willson-Piper, drew palpable inspiration from the quartet’s remixed chemistry. “This new incarnation of the band with Ian Haug has brought a joyous energy to the music we’ve written together,” he says. “The rhythm swings more than usual yet the moods still range from melancholy pop to our modern version of heavy psychedelic rock, as in ‘Laurel Canyon’, to the epic gothic-progressive dance track, ‘Globe Spinning’.”
From the ominous allure of the lead track, “Vanishing Man,” to the beguiling tippy toes of “Pride Before A Fall;” the chiming keys of “Love Philtre” to the sheer hammer horror “Toy Head;” the exhilarating breeze of “Old Coast Road” and the ultimate, panoramic drama of the mini-screenplay that is “Miami,” Further/Deeper, delivers on the promise of its title in a combined blossoming of melody, rhythm and audacity.
Drummer Tim Powles was again instrumental in the painstaking alchemy that boiled the explosion of ideas down to 12 potent pieces in the early months of 2014, a process that often saw members working simultaneously in separate studios across multiple instruments to produce a work of singular cohesion.
“After an eternal twenty years in The Church I marvel more than ever at how we’ve become masters of our own freedom,” he says. “No strings attached, no view to winning a prize. How lucky are we? Or have we earned it? We’ve got better at it too. Or maybe it’s got the better of us. It seems to devour us. Like magic.”
The Church 2015 – North American Tour
2/21/2015 Vancouver, BC Rio Theater
2/23/2015 Seattle, WA Triple Door
2/24/2015 Seattle, WA Triple Door
2/27/2015 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
2/28/2015 San Diego, CA The Casbah
3/2/2015 Aspen, CO Belly Up Tavern
3/3/2015 Denver, CO Gothic Theater
3/5/2015 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
3/6/2015 Chicago, IL Double Door
3/7/2015 Cleveland, OH The Grog Shop
3/9/2015 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
3/10/2015 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
3/12/2015 Boston, MA The Sinclair
3/13/2015 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
3/14/2015 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade
3/15/2015 Raleigh, NC Cat’s Cradle
3/17/2015 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
3/18-21/2015 Austin, TX SXSW