The Church frontman Steve Kilbey has taken to his official Facebook page to announce that his band have begun recording a new album as The Church, and to announce the addition of former Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug to the band, replacing the unavailable Marty Willson-Piper.
“This has been hard to broach,” opens Kilbey. “This is the simple truth. Marty was/is unavailable. After having secured the funds to make a new Church record, Marty was not available…So I asked Ian Haug from Powderfinger if he would like to play on this record and do the subsequent tour.”
“I will never say anything more about this subject,” the frontman continues, adamant that this message will be the final word on the matter. “Marty is not available. Ian was. And I needed to make this album because we haven’t done anything for so long. You’ll have to trust me.”
“If you can’t 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,” he adds. “I love the guy. His musicianship is undeniably good. But it’s over now, The Church will have to move on without him or have no Church at all.”
Kilbey also unveiled some details about the recording of the new album and about the perpetuation of his band’s legacy, writing, “I am sitting here right now with 16 new incredible songs that we just wrote. It’s frustrating that it will be a while till you hear it. But the church will ride on.”
“I hope that when I fall off my perch that someone else jumps in and keeps it going…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,” he closes.
Readers can check out Kilbey’s post in its entirety, below.
Steve Kilbey – “re the new church album”
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!