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Music Keeps The Church Together

Of the Oakland Press

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Music rather than deep personal friendships is what’s kept the Church going for more than 25 years, according to the group’s Steve Kilbey.

“We do have personal grievances and sort of disputes with each other,” the singer-bassist says, “but because the music side of things works so well, it’s easy to sort of swallow your pride and get on with it or forgive and forget or ask forgiveness if you’re the one in the wrong.

“We have such a good thing going with the music, everybody’s pretty happy to keep the thing going for as long as we can.”

The Church formed in 1980 in Sydney, Australia, landing its biggest hit with 1988’s “Under the Milky Way.” Guitarist Peter Koppes temporarily left the band the mid-’90s, but since his 1998 return, he, Kilbey and singer-guitarist Marty Wilson-Piper — along with drummer Tim Powles — have kept a steady work pace, including this year’s album, “Uninvited Like the Clouds.”

“We’re always, all the time, working on stuff,” Kilbey, 51, explains. “There’s always stuff going on with the Church, even if it doesn’t seem like anything is really happening to the outside world. We’re always somewhere plotting, or sending each other e-mails plotting what we’re going to do next.

“And eventually we get together in a room and jam, and the jamming turns into writing songs. It’s not exactly rocket science, but it works for us.”

The Church and Rob Dickinson perform Sunday (August 13)at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave, Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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