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Live Review Sydney 1985 pre Heyday Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 October 1985

Nice review that notes the more powerful, guitar-driven sound as Heyday songs are aired.

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Live Review - The Church

Tivoli, Sydney 23rd October 1985

For some unexplained reason, The Church have always played music that has had a certain appeal to me. Ever since 'Of Skins and Heart' back in 1981, I have followed their plight with great interest. So, along with all the other Church devotees, I ventured to the Tivoli last Wednesday night to see them.

Lights, drums and roaring guitars broke the silence. in front of us appeared Steve Kilbey, Richard Ploog, Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes - The Church. Armed with a whole pile of new material, they transfixed the audience and commanded from them complete attention. The two guitars have really taken over. This tour sees them in their original state; no keyboards cloggin up the sound, just pure strength from the guitars. In my mind they sounded so much better - faste, harder and with a billiant biting edge.

With so much new material, I was expecting only their singles to be played as oldies, not so. Sure 'Almost with You' and 'Electric Lash' appeared but Unguarded Moment and 'It's No Reason' were surprisingly overlooked. favourites like Life Speeds Up (a B-side) and 'Chrome injury' (a real oldie) did put in an appearance. It was a good mixture, which left that feeling of uncertainly in the perforamnce. Two encores, consisted of When You Were Mine and You Took coming from The Blurred Crusade LP.

Steve was his usual over-polite and shy self, richard really hits those drums like life depended on it, Marty played his guitars with pinpoint accuracy and Peter even managed to smile. They were sheer magic.

The Church certainly have come back with a vengeance, and rightly so, I mean they have been misinterpreted and underestimated in this country for so long. I can't wait to hear the new album as the single 'Already Yesterday' is a great teaser for what we can expect next year.

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