Church Announces New Album ‘The Hypnogogue’ – and Books Spring 2023 Tour Dates

Long-time Australian post-punk and alternative rock band the church will return in 2023 with a new concept album The Hypnagogue, which will be released on February 23, 2022 via Communicating Vessels. The group has also announced a North American tour, which will begin this spring.

“The Hypnogogue is the most prog rock thing we’ve ever done and we’ve never had a concept album before,” says STEVE KILBEY, bassist, vocalist and founder of psychedelic guitar masters THE CHURCH of their new dystopian album. in 2054 (expected release February 24, 2023 via Communicating Vessels). “It’s the most ‘teamwork record’ we’ve ever had. Everyone in the band is justifiably proud of this record and everyone has contributed to making it as good as possible. Personally, I think it’s in our top three records.

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The Church also announced their North American tour scheduled for Spring 2023 in support of the release of The Hypnogogue. Kicking off at Belasco in Los Angeles on March 11, the tour spans the continent, including shows in San Francisco, Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia, NYC, Boston among many other dates. “We’re really excited to bring this complex and thought-provoking album to the United States where we’re sure it will be viewed favorably,” Kilbey says with a smile.

Check the show links for sale dates and times! (full list of dates below).

Tour dates

March 11 Los Angeles, CA The Belasco – Ticket link

12th of March Solana Beach, California Belly Tavern – Ticket link

March 14 San Francisco, California Great American Music Hall – Ticket link

March 16 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater – Ticket link

March 17 Tacoma, WA Elks Temple Ballroom – Ticket link

March 21st Englewood, CO Gothic Theater – Ticket link

March 23 Minneapolis, Minnesota Fine Line Music Room – Ticket link

March 25 St. Louis, Missouri Delmar Room – Ticket link

March 26 Chicago, IL Thalia room – Ticket link

March 28 Kent, Ohio Kent Scene – Ticket link

March 29 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Living Arts Theater – Ticket link

March 30 New York, NY Gramercy Theater – Ticket link

March, 31st Boston, MA The Sinclair- Ticket link

April 1 Hartford, Connecticut Infinity Hall – Ticket link

April 3 Asbury Park, New Jersey Asbury Lanes – Ticket link

April 4 Alexandria, Virginia Birchmere Music Hall – Ticket link

April 5 Norfolk Virginia Norway – Ticket link

April 6 Carrboro, North Carolina The cat’s cradle – Ticket link

April 8 Pelham, TN The Caves – Ticket link

Setting the stage for the rollout of the album’s thematic narrative, lead single and video “The Hypnogogue” (released August 29), he explains, “Invented by Korean scientist and occultist Sun Kim Jong, The Hypnogogue is a machine and process that takes music straight from dreams.The song is about Eros Zeta, the biggest rock star of 2054, who traveled from his home in Antarctica (against the advice of his manager) to use The Hypnogogue to help revive his faltering fortunes.In the midst of the toxic process, he also falls in love with Sun Kim and it all ends tragically (of course…as these things often do).

Entering their fourth decade of music making and live performances with all the fierce creative energy of their early years, The Church have been hard at work on their 26th album, the sequel to 2017’s Man Woman Life Death Infinity which PopMatters called ” a 21st-century masterpiece, a shining beam of light amidst a generic musical landscape, and truly one of Church’s greatest releases. In stores February 24, 2023, his debut single “The Hypnogogue” is just a precursor to the music the band is preparing for the release.

THE CHURCH “The Hypnogogue”


From 1980, The Church continued to develop their highly cinematic and atmospheric mix of indie rock, shimmering post-punk, icy dreampop and psychedelic post-rock without retreading their steps. Their extensive music career has produced a string of hit songs including “Under the Milky Way”, “Reptile”, “The Unguarded Moment” and “Almost With You”, among others, and their equally stellar performances have been judged ” spectacular” by MAGNET Magazine. , citing their “dreamy psychedelia that will slather your evening in shades of paisley.” Their final US performance at the 2022 Cruel World Festival alongside Blondie, Bauhaus and Morrissey was heralded as “a subtle delight…which captivated late afternoon audiences” (Orange County Register), “providing the band -its perfect” (Rock Cellar Magazine).

2022’s epic five-piece line-up is bassist, vocalist and founder Steve Kilbey; with longtime collaborator Tim Powles, drummer and producer on 17 albums since 1994; guitarist Ian Haug, formerly of Australian rock icons Powderfinger, who joined the band in 2013 and Jeffrey Cain (Remy Zero), touring multi-instrumentalist who has now been a full-time member of The Church since Peter Koppes left early 2020. The band have also recruited Ashley Naylor, a longtime member of Paul Kelly’s touring band and one of Australia’s best and most respected guitarists (Even, The Grapes, The Stems).

The Church’s 26th album, The Hypnogogue, will be released February 24, 2023 via Communicating Vessels.

Hypnogogue album cover

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That’s life

I think I knew

twinkling lights

The Hypnogogue

Albert Ross



The coming days

no other you



second bridge

Jerry B. Hatch