Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Church Live in L.A. Radio Studio

This is an impressive performance by The Church in the studio of an L.A. radio station at the beginning of the band’s 2009 North American Tour. It includes four (extended) songs and some interview banter. Despite Marty Willson-Piper now looking something like Rasputin and Peter Koppes looking somewhat disinterested (not playing that way though!), this is a captivating performance. The music is, for the most part, dense, atmospheric and dramatically dynamic; with lyrics that are alternately obtuse or esoteric and intelligent. This is fairly indicative of the bulk of the band’s material, as opposed to the more commercial sounds of their few isolated hits.

Songs include:
1. Day 5 (from Uninvited, Like the Clouds, 2006) @1:09 in video
2. Block " @ 6:30 in video
3. Pangaea (from Untitled #23, 2009) @ 18:60 in video
4. You Took (from The Blurred Crusade, 1982) @ 21:51 in video
5. North, South, East and West (from Starfish, 1988) @ 36:20 in video

The audio is crystal clear (it is a radio studio, after all) and you can hear the two different guitar parts really well. I’m really looking forward to seeing these guys a couple of times in the next week.

1 comment:

  1. Is Koppes even in the band? He seems to be in jail during this performance.