New album reviews highly lauding this release are still coming in thick and fast weeks after the release.
Theres also some great interview podcasts with Steve talking about the album and of course The Church.
Rhythms writer Ian McFarlane just gave it 4 stars in his album feature and says “Steve Kilbey and his band (The Winged Heels) make life affirming music “
Heres a summary including some great podcasts plus Michael Smith’s review in full below –
STEVE KILBEY& THE WINGED HEELS
THE HALL OF COUNTERFEITS
It was always obvious that Steve Kilbey is an extraordinarily complex chap, positively bursting with ideas, but over the past 18 months just how “bursting” he is has become manifest by his recording eight albums. Perhaps nine, since The Hall of Counterfeitsis a double-album’s worth, 22 songs, one CD – as diverse a collection as you can imagine. It could be his “White Album”, or would be if Kilbey hadn’t already recorded Remindlessnessback in 1990. He tells us that that double-album was his attempt to take in everything he’d ever been fascinated by, an attempt to “reconcile the whole damn lot with a weird and wild bunch of songs far, far from the mainstream.” Thirty years on, he reckons The Hall of Counterfeits is “my answer to myself” and that “time has enabled me to give voice to those same preoccupations” – from The Beatles to mysticism and beyond. Aiding and abetting him this time around are The Winged Heels – classical guitarist (and more) Gareth Koch, keyboards player Roger Mason and drummer Barton Price, the latter pair once an integral part of The Models, though there’s nothing of that particular “past life” evident in their contributions to this sonic exploration of the multifarious arcane corridors Kilbey’s fertile mind takes us. Just how in tune The Winged Heels are with that mind is evident not only in the whirl of sounds but also in their writing co-credits on ten of the 22 songs here. And it’s all there – Beatles, Floyd, Bowie, the Middle East, the Medieval, the whimsical, the cosmic, psychedelic, pop, classical, myth, magic, obscurantism, the lot! There’s even a sort of boogie in ‘Everything for Sale’!! He might assure us, in ‘Bound in Servitude’, that “emptiness never stops”, but it’s obvious neither does his most extraordinary mind, firing on more cylinders than anyone has a right to still be able to boast 50 years into a creative career. Unmistakeably Kilbey, quite simply, this is every kind of party mixtape you could ever wish – superb.
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In 1992, after Sydney’s Happy Hate Me Nots split, Paul Berwick put together a trio called Settlement, with bassist, Jim Dickson (at the time ex New Christs) and drummer, Chris Welsh (at the time ex Died Pretty).
“I wanted to start something new” explained singer, guitarist and songwriter, Berwick.
“I advertised for a drummer and bass player. Jim Dickson answered, momentarily separated from the New Christs. We were already friends but I couldn’t believe it! We auditioned several drummers until Chris Welsh, momentarily separated from Died Pretty, called me. Again, I had to pinch myself! I already had enormous respect for both Jim and Chris!”
Settlement recorded five glorious tracks at Damien Gerard Studios at its original location in the inner Sydney suburb of Ultimo. The songs weren’t left over from Berwick’s days in the Happy Hate Me Nots. “All the songs were new. It was a good songwriting period for me.” A life long fan of great pop/rock songs, Berwick was inspired by some of the form’s masters. “At that time it was The Pretenders, The Who, Big Star, Prince and of course the Beatles!”
Paul Berwick – Happy Hate Me Nots
Jim Dickson – The Survivors, Passengers, Deniz Tek Group, Radio Birdman, New Christs
Chris Welsh – Died Pretty
As well as the recording session at Damien Gerard Studios, the band played some shows around Sydney in the second half of 1992. While the band and the music showed promise, Settlement’s existence was brief. “Chris got the call to return to Died Pretty. I couldn’t compete with that so it ended there”, said Berwick.
Or so it seemed.
In 2020, in the middle of the COVID-19 lockdown, Jim Dickson found the DAT tape of their studio session, which he then had mastered – significantly – at the same studio where it was recorded!
This band was a unique creation that doesn’t feature at all in Sydney’s early 90s rock history. It wasn’t a mirage though…they did exist. Here’s the proof!!
What’s Good For Me
Originally recorded in the 90’s these songs have that warm and analog tape sound that is hard to replicate successfully anymore. The lead tune What’s Good For Me is up-tempo and moves along in a power pop, jangly guitar way, not unlike early REM. The chorus is the standout and has a melodic and catchy chorus that stays in your head, tailed out by a strong instrumental section, this one is a winner.
Some shaker, guitar and huge drums start this up-tempo radio track. Once the vocals and band come in you are curious and want to hear more. The song drives along at a quick pace and maintains the interest with plenty going on plus a great vocal from Paul Berwick.
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Central Coast Band Thirty Three Degrees Release their second single – the aptly named ‘Get Me Outta Here’ – all about 2020
A song about the flooding of information to the masses in a fast digital/information highway creating so much “noise and fog in what’s real and what is not”. Just like last year. Is there exceptions to the rules?.
Get Me Outta Here
‘Some seriously rocking guitar riffs on this one, very Led Zeppelin, even some Bonham drums to match. This is mid-tempo track sits in the groove and with Shane’s vocals striking the right note really does the business.”
Thirty Three Degrees are an original rock band with a strong groove and some rootsy vibes, from the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia.
The first single from the forthcoming album ‘Place in the Sun’ released during Aussie Summer struck a chord with community radio and scored the guys interviews and airplay, as well as a management team.
Now the second single is about to drop and with covid hopefully behind us live shows are finally being booked
and late 2021 into 2022 festivals will be part of the plan.
The full length album will be out in June distributed by the good folks at MGM.
‘STEVE KILBEY (THE CHURCH), AND HIS WINGED HEELS- GARETH KOCH (SAFFIRE) , ROGER MASON (ICEHOUSE) and BARTON PRICE(MODELS)
LIVE AT MAX WATTS
The Entertainment Quarter-Fox Studios
Saturday 21 November 2020
The live performance includes the full Eleven WomenAlbumwhere Rolling Stone Magazine said:
“Eleven Women is the first solo record from Steve Kilbey since 2018, and sees the Church frontman delivering one of his most immersive releases to date.”
Other selected tunes including some from the recent Ancient Music albums Chryse Planitiaand Songs from Another Lifeas well as new unreleased materiel and a surprise encore will be presented as a complete 90 minute set along with special guest artist Maia Marshopening the show.
The show is not to be missed and encapsulates Steve’s prodigious output this year despite the hindrances of Covid19.
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Limited Numbers due to covid restrictions so get in quick.
Eleven Women is OUT NOW via FOGHORN/MGM.
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