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Sydney, Australia (1980 – present)

The Church is an band which formed in Sydney, Australia in 1980. Initially linked in with acts of the period, their music later became largely defined by the interplay of guitarists Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes coupled with the abstract lyrics of bassist/singer Steve Kilbey. Their debut album, Of Skins And Heart (1981), earned them their first radio hit “The Unguarded Moment”. They were originally signed to EMI’s Parlophone label, but record company dissatisfaction led to them being dropped overseas, which limited their exposure early on.

After signing to Arista in 1988, they saw their largest international success with the album Starfish and the American Top 40 hit “Under the Milky Way” which resurfaced on the soundtrack of the cult movie “Donnie Darko”. Whilst the band remain feted by their peers, subsequent commercial success proved elusive: 1990s follow-up album “Gold Afternoon Fix” failed to capitalise on their success, and the band weathered several line-up changes after its release, first losing long-term drummer Richard Ploog, then Peter Koppes following 1992s “Priest = Aura”. That album baffled and confused many fans upon its release as to what band The Church was considered to be, but is now considered a seminal album and one of the most revered by Church connoisseurs. The vacant drum-stool on Priest=Aura being occupied by Jay Dee Daugherty of Arista labelmate Patti Smiths group, and it was produced by Gavin MacKillop of Moose.

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  • morningside24

    New album is pretty awesome! 'Vanishing Man', 'Toy Head', and 'Old Coast Road' are my favorite tracks.

    21 Jan 12:42am Reply
  • Tymbolic

    Hotel Womb is so perfect. Goddammit.

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • AprilPhantom

    most ridiculously prolific and consistent band ever?

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Tymbolic

    New album's really nice.

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Machiventa

    Wow, the new album exceeded my expectations by far, you know, with Marty gone and all. Fuck yeah guys!

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • nissinen

    Suberb new album!

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Nu_Mann

    I love the church. Me and my dad used to dance to metropolis back in the day.

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • lucetteveen

    priest = aura > heyday > after everything now this > hologram of baal > starfish...imo. all of their albums are great in some way :)

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • GreatBarcia

    so glad i found this band.. how amazing

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Obi-Head

    I don't understand why under the milkyway has so many plays. It's good, but it's not really that much better... [2]

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • FabianInMusic

    The new album is coming

    5 Oct 2014 Reply
  • lunarday

    I <3 The Church, please check out my project: https://bridgesofkonigsberg.bandcamp.com/ thanks (;◔ิз◔ิ)~♪♬

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Standbyme4ever

    OMG why haven't I heard this band before. Donnie Darko is not only my fav movie but it has also awesome 80's bandsin its soundtrack ✌

    25 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Cat_007

    nice new wave band

    30 May 2014 Reply
  • LegalPiracy

    As You Will is an awesome track

    13 May 2014 Reply
  • daydream_set

    Great song (and certainly better than what most artists today could conjure), but they have albums worth of material that's at least as good as "UTMW."

    17 Apr 2014 Reply
  • KingFahtah

    @ feelingsreal It was a hit in America, making them a one hit wonder in America much like Divinyls. Sucks but what can you do

    11 Apr 2014 Reply
  • kossowski

    ok now i will be a huge dickhead but can anyone tell me where i can download their discography ??

    7 Apr 2014 Reply
  • feelingsreal

    I don't understand why under the milkyway has so many plays. It's good, but it's not really that much better...

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    очаровательный легкий пост-панк, chameleons и triffids в похожих, легкий налет готики - все, как мы любим.

    26 Feb 2014 Reply
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