The Church singer/bassist Steve Kilbey calls celebrating the anniversary of “Starfish” “sobering.” Playing the songs is getting old, but he’s willing to finish the tour.
The band has to play England and Scotland before it wraps its “Starfish” 30th anniversary tour that began in 2018. When the jaunt ends, so will performances of songs from “Starfish.”
“I ain’t ever playing that again,” he says. “That’s enough ‘Starfish’ for anybody. I’m a little over it. We’ve been playing it a lot for almost a year.”
The Church is coming to the Crescent Ballroom on Monday, May 6, to play “Starfish” in its entirety. The Australian group doesn’t veer much from the original tracks.
“We do ‘Starfish’ the way ‘Starfish’ was intended to be heard,” he says. “It’s pretty faithful. We try to replicate everything on there. The whole thing has a lot more wallop. It’s bigger and bolder and nastier than it was on the album. We don’t take any liberties with it.
“We don’t (mess) with the arrangements or tempos or anything like that. Then there’s a break then we come on and we give a mixed bag of oldies, newbies and deep cuts, as they say these days.”
“Starfish” remains best known for its singles “Under the Milky Way” and “Reptile.” Kilbey is proud of the entire collection.
“We created the perfect pop album,” he says. “I can think of worse albums. It’s a pretty good record. That’s for sure.”
That said, Kilbey and the band are writing new material.
“We’re always fiddling around, coming up with new things,” he says. “We’re not working on an official album set at the moment.”
The tour isn’t a nostalgia trip. The Church have been revitalized since 2014 with the addition of guitarist Ian Haug, formerly of Powderfinger. Haug’s first outing with the band was on the “Further/Deeper,” which yielded the set closer, “Miami.”
The recent “Man Woman Life Death Infinity” strengthened the bond, cementing Haug’s place with long-time fans, as well as with the rest of the band: Kilbey, guitarist Peter Koppes and drummer Tim Powles.
The Church will not look back after this tour, nor is it hoping to revamp the hits.
“When I finish something and I say it’s finished, I don’t consider that anymore,” he says. “Otherwise, I’d go mad. When it’s finished it’s finished. I don’t consider it anymore. I don’t wish to change anything after that.”
The Church, Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix, 602.716.2222, crescentphx.com, 8 p.m. Monday, May 6, $27.50-$41.