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The Church are an Australian psychedelic rock band formed in Sydney in 1980. Initially associated with new wave, neo-psychedelia and indie rock, their music later came to feature slower tempos and surreal soundscapes reminiscent of dream pop and post-rock. Glenn A. Baker has written that "From the release of the 'She Never Said' single in November 1980, this unique Sydney-originated entity has purveyed a distinctive, ethereal, psychedelic-tinged sound which has alternatively found favour and disfavor in Australia". The Los Angeles Times has described the band's music as "dense, shimmering, exquisite guitar pop".

The founding members were Steve Kilbey on lead vocals and bass guitar, Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper on guitars and Nick Ward on drums. Ward only played on their debut album and the band's drummer for the rest of the 1980s was Richard Ploog. Jay Dee Daugherty (ex-Patti Smith Group) played drums from 1990 to 1993, followed by Tim Powles (ex-The Venetians) who remains with them to the present day. Koppes left the band from 1992 to 1997 and Willson-Piper left in 2013. He was replaced by Ian Haug, formerly of Powderfinger. Kilbey, Koppes and Powles also recorded together as "The Refo:mation" in 1997.

The Church's debut album, Of Skins and Heart (1981), delivered their first radio hit "The Unguarded Moment" and they were signed to major labels in Australia, Europe and the United States. However, the US label was dissatisfied with their second album and dropped the band without releasing it. This put a dent in their international success, but they returned to the charts in 1988, with the album Starfish and the US Top 40 hit "Under the Milky Way". Subsequent mainstream success has proved elusive, but the band retains a large international cult following and were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in Sydney in 2011. The Church continue to tour and record, releasing their 24th studio album, Further/Deeper, in October 2014.

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Genres electronic synth-pop indie pop rock indie rock
Picks
  1. Down Side of Me
  2. Clearest Blue
  3. Playing Dead
Top release Every Open Eye

Albums

  1. 4.0
    The Bones of What You Believe
    2013
  2. 7.0
    Every Open Eye
    2015
  3. Love Is Dead
    2018
  4. Love Is Dead
    2018

Other releases

  1. The Mother We Share
    2012
  2. Recover
    2013
  3. Recover EP
    2013
  4. Daytrotter Session
    2013
  5. Gun
    2013
  6. EP
    2013
  7. Gun (Remixes)
    2013
  8. Tether
    2013
  9. The Mother We Share
    2013
  10. Lies
    2013
  11. Spotify Sessions
    2014
  12. Recover (Alucard Sessions)
    2014
  13. We Sink
    2014
  14. The Mother We Share
    2014
  15. Get Away
    2014
  16. Under the Tide
    2014
  17. Make Them Gold
    2015
  18. Tether
    2015
  19. Empty Threat
    2015
  20. Leave a Trace
    2015
  21. Every Open Eye: The Remixes
    2016
  22. Clearest Blue
    2016
  23. Warning Call (Theme From Mirror’s Edge Catalyst)
    2016
  24. Bury It
    2016
  25. Down Side of Me (live)
    2017
  26. Get Out
    2018
  27. My Enemy
    2018
  28. Get Out (The Remixes)
    2018
  29. Never Say Die
    2018
  30. Miracle
    2018