Starfish ~The Church | Then and Now

Sometimes when this place gets kind of empty
Sound of their breath fades with the light
I think about the loveless fascination
Under the Milky Way tonight

This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Church’s fifth album, Starfish. Most of us became familiar with The Church via the song, “Under The Milky Way” which we probably heard on college radio. The more I heard it, I more I was pulled in. The guitar tones, the quality, the style of play struck a chord with me, much in the same way as U2, The Choir, The Cure or Cactus World News had before.

As far as discovering The Church, Starfish was the album to do it with. Starfish was their breakthrough record and put these Aussies on the musical map. This album creates its own atmosphere and sound scapes. There’s an Australian feel to this band and album. I know that sounds made up, but look at Crowded House, Midnight Oil and some INXS. It’s a quality unique to Aussie bands. They create an open desert landscape in their tones. U2 did the same with the Joshua Tree, though they were focusing on the US Southwest as their muse. Anyway….

“And it’s something quite peculiar
Something that’s shimmering and white
It leads you here despite your destination
Under the Milky Way tonight”

How well does Starfish hold up today? Considering Peter Koppes’ and Marty Willson-Piper’s style, unique quality and moody tones and how they’ve influenced a number of guitarists, it is safe to say this album holds up fairly well. For the new listener, this a solid and enjoyable album. For a guitarist, it is a must for the collection.

Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find

img_0270Starfish by The Church
Released: February 16, 1988
Genres: Alternative Rock
Producer: Greg Ladanyi, Waddy Wachtel & The Church
Line Up:Steve Kilbey – bass, lead vocals | Peter Koppes – guitars, lead vocals | Marty Willson-Piper – guitars, lead vocals | Richard Ploog – drums, percussion

Purchase On: iTunes / Amazon



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