Sometime Anywhere

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Sometime Anywhere
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Studio album by The Church
Released 31 May 1994
Recorded 1994
Genre Alternative rock, neo-psychedelia, psychedelic rock, dream pop
Length 76:50
Label Mushroom (Australia)
Arista (worldwide except Australia)
Producer The Church and Dare Mason
The Church chronology
Priest=Aura
(1992)
Sometime Anywhere
(1994)
Magician Among the Spirits
(1996)

Sometime Anywhere is the eighth album by Australian psychedelic rock band The Church, released in May 1994.[1]

After the commercially unsuccessful 1992 album Priest=Aura, founding guitarist Peter Koppes had departed, leaving the band down to just two original members, Steve Kilbey and Marty Willson-Piper,[1] plus Priest drummer Jay Dee Daugherty. With the group's future uncertain, the members took time off to focus on other projects, while Koppes began to establish a solo career with his new group, The Well, which included former band mate Richard Ploog. Kilbey began a Jack Frost collaboration with Grant McLennan (of The Go-Betweens) and Willson-Piper returned to the studio with UK group All About Eve, to record their album Ultraviolet.

Despite the loss of Koppes, Arista decided to stand by their contract and back another Church recording session. After finishing their side projects, Kilbey and Willson-Piper began writing new material, but their initial attempts to recreate 'The Church sound' with Daugherty proved fruitless as it became clear that he had no intention of becoming a permanent member. Following a parting of the ways, the remaining two began to approach the music from new, different angles, abandoning their long-established roles and stylistic elements and embarking on a creative process more based in experimentation, spontaneity and electronica. Song structure was freer, with each musician playing multiple tracks on various instruments, to be cut down and refined into pieces later. The two likened the approach to a sculptor's creative process, the pieces gradually taking shape as work went on.

Early in 1994, the two hired additional musicians and brought in Willson-Piper's childhood friend Andy 'Dare' Mason to produce, record and mix. The album was recorded at Sydney's Karmic Hit Studios and mixed at Karmic Hit and Studio 301, except "The Maven", "Leave Your Clothes On" & "Freeze to Burn", which were recorded and mixed at Fryshuset, Stockholm, Sweden by Martin Rössel. New Zealand drummer Tim Powles was hired for the Sydney sessions, having already played with Kilbey on the Jack Frost project. Considered temporary at the time, Powles would soon become a permanent member of the band and is still with them over 20 years later.

Sometime Anywhere was generally well-received and peaked in the Australian Top 30. It was described as a "rich, dark, epic release which picked up where Priest=Aura left off, with lush, lengthy tracks". However, sales were lower than their previous studio albums and the first single, "Two Places at Once", did not chart. Promotion was minimal as Arista saw insufficient commercial promise in the release. With another commercially unsuccessful album on their hands, Arista did not renew The Church's contract and pulled financial support for a tour. Ambitious plans to stage full electric shows were scaled back, leaving Kilbey and Willson-Piper with only a short run of acoustic gigs as a duo.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Q 3/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All lead vocals by Steve Kilbey, except where indicated

  1. "Day of the Dead" (Kilbey/Willson-Piper) – 6:45
  2. "Lost My Touch" (Kilbey/Willson-Piper/Goudenov) – 6:31
  3. "Loveblind" (Kilbey/Willson-Piper/Goudenov) – 6:24
  4. "My Little Problem" (Kilbey/Willson-Piper) – 7:18
  5. "The Maven" (Kilbey/Willson-Piper) – 6:48
  6. "Angelica" (Willson-Piper/Kilbey/Mason) – 5:07 (sung by Steve Kilbey & Marty Willson-Piper)
  7. "Lullaby" (Kilbey/Willson-Piper) – 2:59
  8. "Eastern" (Instrumental - Kilbey/Willson-Piper) – 3:47
  9. "Two Places at Once" (Kilbey/Willson-Piper) – 7:53 (sung by Steve Kilbey & Marty Willson-Piper)
  10. "Business Woman" (Kilbey/Willson-Piper) – 4:30
  11. "Authority" (Kilbey/Willson-Piper) – 5:08
  12. "Fly Home" (Willson-Piper/Kilbey) – 8:43 (sung by Marty Willson-Piper)
  13. "The Dead Man's Dream" (Kilbey/Willson-Piper) – 4:57

A limited edition bonus disc, Somewhere Else, was also initially included.[1] Kilbey later utilised the second track's title, "The Time Being", as the name for his blog.

  1. "Drought" (Kilbey/Koppes/Ploog/Willson-Piper) – 3:18 (recorded in 1987)
  2. "The Time Being" (Kilbey/Willson-Piper/Goudenov) – 4:34
  3. "Leave Your Clothes On" (Kilbey/Willson-Piper) – 4:48
  4. "Cut in Two" (Kilbey/Willson-Piper) – 4:55 (sung by Steve Kilbey, with Marty Willson-Piper interjections)
  5. "The Myths You Made" (Willson-Piper/Kilbey) – 4:33 (sung by Marty Willson-Piper)
  6. "Freeze to Burn" (Kilbey/Willson-Piper/Rössell) – 3:54
  7. "Macabre Tavern" (Kilbey/Willson-Piper) – 3:52

Personnel[edit]

with

  • Tim Powles – drums & percussion
  • Boris Goudenov – drum loops
  • Darren Ryan – drums & percussion on S.A. 4, additional loops
  • Martin Rössel – drums, percussion & organ on S.A. 5; S.E. 3 & 6
  • Linda Neil – violin
  • Sandy Chick – female voice
  • Carol Broca-Wander – French female voice
  • Peter Koppes – guitar on S.E. 1
  • Richard Ploog – drums on S.E. 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Holmgren, Magnus. "The Church". passagen.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Review: Sometime Anywhere – The Church". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Aston, Martin. "Review: The Church, Sometime Anywhere". Q (EMAP Metro Ltd) (Q95, August 1994): 99. 
  4. ^ Ahearn, Kim (20 October 1994). "Review: The Church – Sometime Anywhere". Jann Wenner. Retrieved 13 August 2009.