The Church has just released a gorgeous new tune, “No Other You” – the third from the Melbourne legends’ forthcoming album THE HYPNOGOGUE (out February 24 via Communicating Vessels). Best known for the psychedelic-tinged classics Under The Milky Way, Metropolis, and Reptile, this offering continues the general Beatles-esque vein of The Church’s usual rich sound, but takes a stark turn into a Pink Floyd conceptual album: a sci-fi dystopia perfectly suited for singer Steve Kilbey’s plaintive voice. Channeling Philip K. Dick, Ziggy Stardust/Diamond Dogs-era Bowie, and the German silent film Metropolis, “No Other You” continues the album’s retro-futuristic narrative that revolves around a fictional machine (The Hypnogogue) that extracts music directly from subconscious dreams.
Setting the stage for this song, the first single, The Hypnogogue, introduces several characters: Sun Kim Jong, a Korean scientist/occult dabbler and creator of the aforementioned contraption, and her love interest/rockstar Eros Zeta, who wants to employ the machine to revive his flailing career. The following track, C’est La Vie, serves as a cautionary tale from Zeta’s agent not to mess with The Hypnogogue.
The dreamy, ethereal, and wistful No Other You continues the narrative on a more personal level, with a decidedly glam rock, Bowie bend. Kilbey explains that it is an “ultra-romantic song that Zeta writes for Sun Kim Jong. It’s a heartfelt song about an irreplaceable woman. The Church gets to explore a slightly glam rock feel to boot.”
“No Other You” is the perfect Valentine tune and a blessed balm for a time of chaos, upheaval, and uncertainty. As UFOs search the skies, the earth heaves and cracks, and mysterious balloons hover above us, it’s good to have a loving anchor somewhere. Blare this one on repeat…The Church welcomes your hearts.
Since forming in 1980, The Church has continued to expand their atmospheric blend of indie rock, shimmering post-punk, icy dream pop and psychedelic post-rock without any retread. Their stellar live shows have also been highly praised: their most recent U.S. performance at 2022’s Cruel World Festival alongside Blondie, Bauhaus and Morrissey was namechecked by several publications as a momentous experience.
Now in their fourth decade of making music and playing live shows with all the fierce creative energy of their early years, The Church will be setting off on a North American tour. It kicks off on March 11th in Los Angeles, circles the States, and finally lands on April 8th in Pelham, TN.
The 2022 five-piece line-up is bassist, vocalist and founder Steve Kilbey; with long-time collaborator and drummer Tim Powles; guitarist Ian Haug (Powderfinger) and Jeffrey Cain (Remy Zero), touring multi-instrumentalist. The band have also recruited Ashley Naylor, long-time member of Paul Kelly’s touring band and one of Australia’s finest and most respected guitarists (Even, The Grapes, The Stems).
Pre-orders for CD and vinyl now available HERE.
- Mar 11 Los Angeles, CA — The Belasco – Ticket link
- Mar 12 Solana Beach, CA — Belly Up Tavern – Ticket link
- Mar 14 San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall – Ticket link
- Mar 16 Portland, OR — Aladdin Theater – Ticket link
- Mar 17 Tacoma, WA — Elks Temple Ballroom – Ticket link
- Mar 21 Englewood, CO — Gothic Theater – Ticket link
- Mar 23 Minneapolis, MN — Fine Line Music Hall – Ticket link
- Mar 25 St Louis, MO — Delmar Hall – Ticket link
- Mar 26 Chicago, IL — Thalia Hall – Ticket link
- Mar 28 Kent, OH — Kent Stage – Ticket link
- Mar 29 Philadelphia, PA — Theatre of Living Arts – Ticket link
- Mar 30 New York, NY — Gramercy Theater – Ticket link
- Mar 31 Boston, MA — The Sinclair – Ticket link
- Apr 1 Hartford, CT — Infinity Hall – Ticket link
- Apr 3 Asbury Park, NJ — Asbury Lanes – Ticket link
- Apr 4 Alexandria, VA — Birchmere Music Hall – Ticket link
- Apr 5 Norfolk VA — The Norva – Ticket link
- Apr 6 Carrboro, NC — Cat’s Cradle – Ticket link
- Apr 7 Asheville, NC — The Grey Eagle – Ticket link
- Apr 8 Pelham, TN — The Caverns – Ticket link