Click on the link below to view photographs taken at A Psychedelic Symphony last Sunday night.
Thank you for the photos. They’re great. I have tried to find a review for this concert and could only find Bernard Zuel’s 3 star review (sic) in the SMH. I tried to leave a comment (alternate review) but the web site wouldn’t accept it so I have put it here (within the 300 word SMH limit).
I’m not a music critic, just a fan. I first saw The Church in the
Roundhouse at UNSW in 1983. They were brilliant! Fabulous vocals, fresh
guitar hooks, tight rhythm, a great look. Particularly after the
wasteland of disco versus punk and the decline of dinosaur rock. Over
the past thirty years The Church have produced some truly sublime
music extending their new wave with haunting and luxurious soundscapes.
The concert in the Opera House on April 10 with the backing of a full
symphony orchestra was a wonderful celebration of this.
The sixty plus members of the George Ellis orchestra added textures,
accents and light and shade that combined with the vast sonic walls of
spiritual healing from The Church in a live performance that went well
beyond anything that even Phil Spector might have imagined in a studio.
This was music at its formidable best. A wonderfully layered sound bound
together with consummate skill by percussionist/drummer Tim Powles and
symphony conductor George Ellis. The distinctive guitar work from each
of Marty Willson-Piper, Peter Koppes and Steve Kilbey was sensational,
ranging from shimmering electric to haunting soulful. Great keyboards
and more from Craig Wilson. Kilbey’s vocals were spot on as were
supporting vocals from two female singers (`The Churchettes’).
The concert included the well known classics but some of the best
moments were from the recent album Untitled #23. On Angel Street and
Operetta were sublime. From the back catalogue Reptile was exhilarating
and Two Places at Once was pure bliss. Quintessential world leading
I read Bernard Zuel’s SMH review. He’s a critic. I’m just a fan. But there
were more than a thousand other fans joining in standing ovations for
what was a five star show. Thank you The Church and Symphony. Thank you.
Doe’s anyone know when a new album is planned?
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