Concert Review: The Church and Rob Dickinson, Park West, August 18
Unlike the Church's October, 1998 show, this one lacked the power to
change my life, but it was a fine entertainment. Most notably, the band
was cheerfully relaxed and informal. Where Steve Kilbey is usually
taciturn, this time he was positively loquacious. The members
frequently switched instruments, resulting in jokes about Marty
Willson-Piper's tendency to break drum sticks. They messed around with
arrangements, adding flamenco, English folk and jazz flourishes to
familiar favorites to refresh them. Kilbey gave a shout-out to the
recently departed Grant McLennan when the band played "Providence," by
Kilbey and McLennan's side project Jack Frost.
Rob Dickinson, former lead singer for the Catherine Wheel, has a solo
album and is, only slightly facetiously, recasting himself as a
sensitive singer songwriter. Armed with only an acoustic guitar, he
struggled mightly with his desire to recreate the thunderous wall of
sound his old outfit generated.