Sunday, 17 November 2013

Sunday Sessions: The Church

Well, that was a hectic week. Hence the fact that there were no posts this week.

Now that Sunday is back, and it's pouring with rain, what better than to kick back and chill out with some amazing Australian music.

Traditionally, November is the time of the year when radio station Triple J (and their parent company the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, aka the ABC) run what they call Australian Music Month. There's been so much great local music that you can hardly have just one day to celebrate it, so at least we could do is give it its own month.

Today's act have a very British sound. That's appropriate because Britain is known for its rain, and for the fact that their guitarist is from Liverpool in the north of the UK and their bass player is also English.

The band are called The Church. They were formed in Canberra in 1979 and have been a fixture on both the local and international music scenes since the release of their first LP in 1981.

They have a sound that could be described as "jangly", not unlike bands like The Byrds, R.E.M., or maybe even the Smiths at a stretch. Electric 12-string guitar playing, a heavy driving rhythm and deep, often inscrutable lyrics, the band have created a rich catalog of work.

For this week, I present to you The Church.


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