by Bill Pearis
Australia's shimmering psych-pop band, The Church, are staying busy in their 29th year of existence with a flurry of new releases, a couple of solo projects, and a U.S. summer tour, including a stop at Irving Plaza on July 8 (tickets are on sale).
The band, which still features the founding core of singer/bassist Steve Kilbey, and guitarists Marty Wilson Piper and Peter Koppes (plus drummer Tim Powles who's been with the band since 1994), are set to release their 23rd album, Untitled #23, this month in Australia and will get a U.S. release on May 12. Additionally, The Chuch recently scored a short film, Shriek: An Afterword, based on the novel of the same name. Its soundtrack, Shriek: Excerpts from the Soundtrack, dropped in January, and was the first release on The Church's own Unorthodox Records. Both the new album and the soundtrack also spawned EPs. If that wasn't enough, Kilbey released his seventh solo album, Painkiller, last year and Marty Wilson-Piper just released his sixth solo album, Nightjar.
Opening for The Church on their upcoming U.S tour will be Swervedriver/Magnetic Morning singer Adam Franklin who just released his second solo album, Spent Bullets, on Second Motion Records who are also releasing The Church's Untitled #23.
Full U.S. tour dates, plus some classic Church videos, after the jump...
The Church - "Almost With You"
The Church - "Reptile"
The Church - Tantalized
The Church - "Metropolis"
THE CHURCH 'SO LOVE MAY FIND US' TOUR 2009 USA
JUN 10 WED BELLY UP TAVERN * SOLANA BEACH, CA
JUN 11 THU THE ROXY THEATRE * WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
JUN 12 FRI SLIM'S * SAN FRANCISCO, CA
JUN 14 SUN ALADDIN THEATER * PORTLAND, OR
JUN 15 MON THE TRIPLE DOOR * SEATTLE, WA
JUN 18 THU GOTHIC THEATRE * ENGLEWOOD, CO
JUN 20 SAT HOUSE OF BLUES CHICAGO * CHICAGO, IL
JUN 21 SUN VARSITY THEATER * MINNEAPOLIS, MN
JUN 23 TUE SHANK HALL * MILWAUKEE, WI
JUN 25 THU THE MAGIC BAG * FERNDALE, MI
JUN 26 FRI BEACHLAND BALLROOM * CLEVELAND, OH
JUN 27 SAT REX THEATRE * PITTSBURGH, PA
JUN 28 SUN THE STATE THEATRE * FALLS CHURCH, VA
JUN 30 TUE RAM'S HEAD ONSTAGE * ANNAPOLIS, MD
JUL 1 WED THE TROCADERO * PHILADELPHIA, PA
JUL 2 THU SHOWCASE LIVE * FOXBOROUGH, MA
JUL 3 FRI TUPELO MUSIC HALL * LONDONDERRY, NH
JUL 8 WED IRVING PLAZA * NEW YORK, NY
JUL 9 THU THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE * RIDGEFIELD, CT