If you listened to college music in 1988 you owned a copy of The Church’s seminal album Starfish, with its breakthrough hit, the dreamy, atmospheric “Under the Milky Way,” a song that dominated CMJ and MTV. Afterward, the Aussie band released 14 more studio albums, leading up to 2014’s Further/Deeper (Unorthodox Records), which, in some ways, marked a re-emergence for a band that’s always been around.
Now comes the band’s 26th studio album, Man Woman Life Death Infinity, out Oct. 6. It’s the second album with the rejuvenated line-up consisting of frontman Steve Kilbey, co-founder Peter Koppes, Tim Powles and Ian Haug. The tour that brings them to The Waiting Room Oct. 10 is their first since 2015.
We caught up with frontman Kilbey and asked him to take the Ten Questions survey:
1. What is your favorite album?
The Church’s Steve Kilbey: Diamond Dogs by David Bowie… or do you mean by The Church? Then that is Priest = Aura.
2. What is your least favorite song?
By The Church? Maybe “These Boys” off Remote Luxury.
3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?
Playing onstage when we are having a great night.
4. What do you hate about being in a band?
Playing onstage when we are having a bad night.
5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?
6. In what city or town do you love to perform?
Chicago, Melbourne, London, Atlanta to name a few.
7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?
I once had a terrible gig in Christchurch New Zealand. Everything was wrong. I wanted to disappear!
8. Are you able to support yourself through your music? If so, how long did it take to get there; if not, how do you pay your bills?
I am squeaking by on music, plus I paint and write articles, etc.
9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?
Love to have been an ancient greek scholar. Hate to be a mathematician.
10. What are the stories you’ve heard about Omaha, Nebraska?
I played there once. I dunno if they liked us much. Hope they do this time around.
The Church plays with The Helio Sequence Oct. 10 at The Waiting Room. Tickets are $25 Adv./$30 DOS/$99 VIP. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more information, go to onepercentproductions.com.