Some huge news for fan of Aussie psychsters The Church this morning. The hugely influential band has announced that it is returning to the studio to record a new album. The surprise news though is that the album will be recorded without guitarist Marty Willson Piper who has been with the band since 1980 – other than a brief period in the 90s.
His replacement is Ian Haug from Powderfinger. The band’s lead singer/songwriter Steve Kilbey announced the news on Facebook this morning and then followed it up with a passionate defence of the move.
The band’s last album Untitled #23 , came out in 2010 and received many rave reviews for its space Pink Floyd-esque psychedelia.
Here’s what Kilbey had too say..
this has been hard to broach and it has been hard to announce.
this is the simple truth.
marty was/is unavailable.
after having secured the funds to make a new church record, marty was not available to make it.
so i asked ian haug from powderfinger if he would like to play on this record and do the subsequent tour. he said yes.
we have begun the new album and let me reassure you it is magnificent. otherwise we wouldnt be doing it.
i will never say anything more about this subject. marty is not available. ian was. and i needed to make this album because we havent done anything for so long.
you’ll have to trust me. this step was not taken lightly.
ian is a brilliant guitarist who brings years of experience and a new fresh enthusiasm with him. this is no second rate deal. and nothing is chiselled in stone.
if you cant dig it i’m sorry. this is my fucking band after all and it has existed at times without peter and in the beginning without marty. and for times in between while he went AWOL.
i love the guy. his musicianship is undeniably good. but its over now . the church will have to move on without him or have no church at all. which one did you want?
i am sitting here right now with 16 new incredible songs that we just wrote. its frustrating that it will be a while till you hear it. but the church will ride on. and i hope that when i fall off my perch that someone else jumps in and keeps it going. this is what i was writing about the other day. the church is an ideal that produces a certain type of music. regardless of individuals.
the church will prevail. and our new music is very very fucking cool.
and thats it!