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Short interview with Steve Print E-mail
Friday, 18 August 2006

Steve speaks to the Chicago Sun-Times about the band's music.


SE Weekend

HD Speaking with. . . Steve Kilbey

BY Jeff Elbel

CR Special to The Chicago Sun-Times

WC 410 words

PD 18 August 2006

SN Chicago Sun-Times


ED Final


LA English

CY (c) 2006 Chicago Sun Times. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights reserved.


Eight albums into a career as underground heroes, the Church had a surprise hit with "Under the Milky Way" from 1988's "Starfish" LP. Though the band never repeated its chart success, it has steadily stretched the boundaries of its heady, psychedelic pop sound. "Uninvited, Like the Clouds" is the Sydney, Australia-based foursome's 18th studio album. Tonight, the group brings its mixture of Byrds-like jangle and Pink Floyd gravity to Park West, with Rob Dickinson of The Catherine Wheel opening.

Q. Is touring a burden after 26 years, or is it something you relish?



A. The thing I most enjoy about traveling is collecting phrases and feelings to draw on later. I like to sit in the back of the car, see the country and think about the people I meet. I'm like a whale swimming through the ocean straining krill through its membranes. I'm still looking for stuff to write about.

Q. In March, you performed "Under the Milky Way" with an orchestra before a worldwide audience at the Commonwealth Games. Does that experience breathe new life into an old song?

A. I've always liked "Under the Milky Way." It seemed like an introduction, leading people to our other songs. And the opportunity to play with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was simply too good to miss. Our earlier hit, "The Unguarded Moment," had been the only song people in Australia wanted to hear. If I had to be represented by one song, I'd rather it was "Under the Milky Way." But we're playing "Unguarded Moment" again now, just for the hell of it.

Q. Your popular blog ( provides a forum for your frankest thoughts. Do you intentionally filter political opinion from Church music?

A. I think the Church's manifesto keeps obvious politics out. We're trying to deal in more abstract, ambiguous terms. If you write a song that says, "I don't like Dick Cheney," in five years time when George Bush is no longer president, the song is irrelevant. Having songs about political topics can be like the newspapers. You read them one day, and throw them away the next. A song that's a bit vague can keep you coming back for years.

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- 8 tonight

- Park West, 322 W. Armitage

- Tickets, $25

- (773) 929-1322

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