City Paper is not for tourists
Whether you’re an agnostic, atheist, or animist, attending a Church concert shouldn’t compete with your belief system. For more than 30 years, the angst-ridden Aussies have crafted majestic anthems that know no religious boundaries. Melding neo-psychadelia to moody atmospherics, the quartet sounds like the lovechild of the Velvet Underground and Joy Division nannied by Syd Barrett and David Bowie. Their best-known song on these shores continues to be “Under the Milky Way,” although cracking the Top 40 for a couple of weeks hardly qualifies as a sensation. Still, the band has produced some truly enduring albums over the years. To celebrate those full-length triumphs, the Sydney-based four-piece will be playing three in their entirety: 2009’s Untitled #23, 1992’s Priest=Aura, and 1988’s Starfish (which includes the aforementioned Stateside mini-hit). No matter whom or what you do or don’t call God, it should be a divine time.
THE CHURCH PERFORMS AT 7:30 P.M. AT BIRCHMERE, 3701 MT. VERNON AVE., ALEXANDRIA. $35. (703) 549-7500.