Church Revival Spawns New Album, Tour

Australian trip-rockers the Church have announced plans for its first tour of the U.S. in eight years, which will support the release of a new album, "Hologram of Baal," due out September 22.

The group, which formed in Sydney in 1980, scored a Top 25 almost ten years ago with the jangle-pop influenced "Under the Milky Way" from its 1988 breakthrough album, "Starfish."

The new tour and album features a revival of the core members of the Church congregation, as founding member and guitarist Peter Koppes has rejoined guitarist Marty Willson-Piper and bassist-vocalist Steven Kilbey after he exited the group following the release of 1992's "Priest=Aura."

Rounding out the refurbished Church is drummer Tim Powles, who played on 1996's import-only " Magician Among the Spirits," which the group's new label, Thirsty Ear, hopes to release in the near future in an expanded version.

The dates for the Church's fall tour of North America:

  • 9/18 - San Diego, CA @ Belly Up

    Tavern

  • 9/19 - Dana Point, CA @ Doheny Days
  • 9/20 - West Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
  • 9/21 - Palo Alto, CA @ Edge
  • 9/23 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
  • 9/25 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
  • 9/26 - Seattle, WA @ Fenix
  • 9/27 - Vancouver, BC @ Richards On Richards
  • 9/30 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
  • 10/01 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
  • 10/02 - Detroit, MI @ TBA
  • 10/03 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
  • 10/04 - Cleveland, OH @ Odeon Concert Club
  • 10/05 - Toronto, ONT @ Guvernment
  • 10/07 - Boston, MA @ Mama Kin
  • 10/08 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
  • 10/09 - New York, NY @ Tramps
  • 10/10 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
  • 10/12 - Atlanta, GA @ Roxy Theater
  • 10/14 - New Orleans, LA @ TBA