Into 1988's pop music climate came “Under the Milky Way”, a moody, jangly song that didn’t fit in. Its closest contemporaries were R.E.M. and the local “paisley underground” scene of Los Angeles, which included bands like the Bangles and Rain Parade.
They were poised to be the next U2 after the ubiquitous single "Under the Milky Way" took America by storm in the late '80s. That didn't happen, but despite internal strife, debilitating heroin addiction and the curse of grunge, leader Steve Kilbey and the Church are doing just fine.
A year after their 20th full-length release, Untitled #23, Austalian heavyweights The Church played LA's Roxy Theatre Monday night as one of the first stops along their "An Intimate Space 30th Anniversary North American Tour 2010" tour.
More than just teasers for the upcoming Church album, these 2008 solo efforts from Steve Kilbey and Marty Willson-Piper are ambitious and revealing. And you may be surprised by who's taken some big artistic strides.