The Church









The Church

The Church

is a rock band from Australia, which was formed in Canberra, Australia, in 1980. The group was famous for their New Wave and neo-psychedelic music in the 1980's. They later turned to a more prog rock style of music which featured instrumental jams and a complex guitar mix.

Steve Kilbey and Peter Koppes played in several glam rock bands in Canberra, Australia, in the 1970's prior to the forming of their band, The Church. In 1980 along with Nick Ward (drum player), they formed The Church and began a three member band. It wasn’t until after Marty Willson-Piper, from Liverpool, joined them that they named the band The Church. The four sent a demo tape to the Australian record company, ATV Northern. Their song, Chrome Injury, got the attention of publisher, Chris Gilbey. Chris had formed a record production company which was associated with EMI records in Australia. His label was called Parlophone. The bands debut album, Of Skins and Heart, was released in 1981. From this album came their first radio hit, The Unguarded Moment. The group then signed with major record labels in Australia, United States, and Europe. The U. S. Record company was not satisfied with their second album so they dropped the band and did not release the album. The band went on their first tour in 1981. The group made a comeback in 1988 with their album called Starfish, and from it came the United States Top 40 hit, Under the Milky Way. After that the group made a few changes in their members. Today the group consists of the first three original members and drummer Tim Powles. From a survey taken by an Australian newspaper, Under the Milky Way was chosen as the best Australian song in 21 years.

The group split up for a while and they went their separate ways to pursue solo career projects. Koppes spent his energy on a solo career with his new group, Kilbey worked on a collaboration with Grant McLennan, and Willson-Piper went back to the studio with All About Eve, to record what would be Ultraviolet. After a while the three decided to get back together and write some new material. Most of the groups songs were written by Steve Kilbey. He was the only song writer on all of the albums up to Remote Luxury. Kilbey brought completed songs to the sessions and the arrangements were done as a group effort but mostly done by Peter Koppes. They released Heyday in 1985. The group had a total of 27 albums released and 8 compilations.