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"The Church have emerged as Sydney’s answer to XTC and Radiohead…"~ Adam Sweeting, UNCUT. May 2006

@The Village, Dublin – Saturday 27th May 2006

Belfrank Productions are honoured to present an evening with The Church at the Village on Dublin’s Wexford Street on Saturday 27th May 2006. This will be a special album launch for ‘Uninvited Like The Clouds’ and is one of a select series of European shows on a tour also taking in London, Madrid, Budapest and Hamburg.

The Church are one of the most enduring and consistently creative bands of the last four decades. Hailing from Sydney they burst on to the Australian scene in the early 80’s with "The Unguarded Moment" and consolidated their success internationally with "Under The Milky Way" in 1988, giving contemporaries such as U2, REM and Echo & the Bunnymen more than a run for their money. They still do musically, thanks to the same melodic atmospherics of the twin guitars of Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper surrounding the velvet hypnotic tones of singer Steve Kilbey.

Their excellent fourteenth studio album,‘Uninvited Like The Clouds’ , is out now on the Cooking Vinyl label. ‘Uninvited…’ represents what’s been hailed as possibly their strongest release since the multi-million selling classic, Starfish in 1988. The single Block was an airplay hit in Australia and could be well followed by the summery melodies of Easy or Unified Field.

Under The Milky Way continues to re-surface and was prominently placed in the movie Donnie Darko as well as seeing the band invited to perform it with a full orchestra before a televised audience of almost a billion at this March’s opening ceremony for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

They have influenced and been imitated by many (Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Grant Lee Buffalo, House Of Love), but remain unique and as creatively diverse and relevant as ever with each new album. Each of the band have extensive solo and collaborative back-catalogues. Singer Steve Kilbey will be known to many Go Betweens fans as one half of Jack Frost along-side Grant McLennan, whereas, guitarist Marty Willson-Piper was a long-term member of All About Eve and toured for much if last year with fellow Aussie legendary punk band The Saints.

This is only the second visit to Ireland by the full band, which will also include drummer Tim Powles, with each chance carrying the possibility of it being the last, so don’t make any excuses. For those who love their jingle-jangle or their atmospheric space-rock side, this promises to be a night to treasure.

 
 
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THE CHURCH - TIMELINE
1980 - The Church play their first gigs in Sydney, Australia.
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1981 -Of Skins and Heart LP makes a Top 30 debut.
  -The Unguarded Moment hits #22.
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1982 - US debut combines Skins… and Too Fast For You EP.
  - Classic second album The Blurred Crusade hits Australian Top 10.
  - Almost With You is another hit.
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1983
- Sing Songs EP in Australia; first UK EP.
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1984 - Séance album serves notice of more experimental, atmospheric intent.
  -Persia and Remote Luxury EPs
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1985 - Steve Kilbey releases first solo disc, a precedent Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes soon embrace with gusto.
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1986 - Heyday album breaks Australian Top 15, becomes global cult classic.
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1987 - Top 10 Starfish LP marks new worldwide commercial peak.
  -Under The Milky Way, #5 in Australia, #24 in US, wins Best Single ARIA.
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1990 - Metropolis reaches ARIA Top 10.
 
-Compromised Gold Afternoon Fix LP, another Top 10 hit, seals band’s resolve to put art before commerce.
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1991 - A Quick Smoke At Spot’s rarities compilation.
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1992 - Self-produced Priest = Aura, a new career high, is the end of an era.
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1994 - Kilbey and Willson-Piper reconvene for epic Sometime Anywhere set; tour as acoustic duo.
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1996 - 2nd duo LP, Magician Among the Spirits, leads to reunion tour, with drummer Tim Powles completing most cohesive Church line-up.
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.1998
- Hologram of Baal cements new line-up.
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1999 - A Box of Birds covers album.
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2001 - After Everything Now This, biggest international hit in almost 10 years.
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2002 - Parallel Universe remix album.
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2003 - Forget Yourself sparks another sweeping world tour.
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2004 - Three albums find the Church at a new peak of creative health:
  -Jammed – 70 minute improvisation album.
 
-Beside Yourself - a second B-sides compilation.
 
-El Momento Descuidado – Liberation Blue acoustic album.
   
2005 Back With Two Beasts outtakes album
   
2006 Uninvited, Like the Clouds worldwide release April - 26 years after first Church shows.
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