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Steve talks with the Brisband Courier-Mail about Forget Yourself Print E-mail
Monday, 01 December 2003

Steve talks about recording Forget Yourself and how the band keeps going.

 

SE Today

HD STEVE Kilbey says he's in denial. It's right there in the title of the new album...

BY Noel Mengel

WC 472 words

PD 1 December 2003

SN Courier-Mail

SC COUMAI

ED 1 - First with the news

PG 17

LA English

CY (c) 2003 Queensland Newspapers Pty Ltd

LP

STEVE Kilbey says he's in denial. It's right there in the title of the new album by The Church, Forget Yourself.


The Church might be Australian rock 'n' roll survivors -- it's 22 years since their debut album Of Skins and Heart -- but Kilbey, pictured, refuses to be weighed down by history.

 

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"I pretend that our new record is our second or third album," he says. "It's just like anyone else thinks about the things they did a long time ago, I feel disassociated from that and the scene that was around it. I'm proud of what we did in a way, but also I just want to ignore it."


Of course, The Church have plenty to be proud of, with classic albums such as The Blurred Crusade, their American breakthrough Starfish, through to last year's excellent After Everything Now This.


Like all their recent work, the new album was recorded at drummer Tim Powles's Spacejunk studios in Sydney, working on songs as they improvise with a computer capturing the act of creation.


"People shouldn't get too hung up on the process, but there is something undeniable when you first write a song, a feeling that it seems to me you can never get again," Kilbey says. "So we're going to the source as we write songs and then manipulating them."


Kilbey and guitarists Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes have been at the core of the band's dreamy soundscapes since the start, but the arrival of Powles, in 1996, helped them refocus their energies. They still tour the world with strong support in Europe and the United States, where 1988's Starfish topped 600,000 sales.


"It seemed the more successful you became the more pressure there was, when you would think it would be the other way around," Kilbey says. "People were going, this one sold 500,000, with the next one you've got to do a million. These people judge your life on how many records you've sold rather than the quality."


But those who appreciate quality have remained loyal to The Church. After watching the cycles of the pop music game all these years, Kilbey is happy to see that no one really has the answers.


"You can try to groom a performer, give them all the right songs by all the right songwriters. It could work, but not necessarily. It's funny to see people keep on trying. Sometimes we meet these young business types with their plans. All this talk about how to win the war!"


The Church play the Great Northern, Byron Bay on Wednesday; The Tivoli, Brisbane, Thursday; Troccadero, Gold Coast, Friday.

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