After years of performing as a one-man-band, barefoot, singer-songwriter, KIM CHURCHILL is currently touring Australia with a three-piece band. ‘Weight Falls’ is the name of his fifth and latest album. After spending 18 months painstakingly writing and honing the songs for this album, he threw it all out the window, not happy with the final result. He then sat down and rewrote the entire album in a week. He explained to the crowd that he took a long time working out who he was and what sort of music he wanted to write. He therefore really appreciated that his fans still gave a toss about his music.
Last night at The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, a sold-out crowd was treated to most of this album plus several well-known songs from his previous 2014 album, ‘Silence//Win’. Churchill has chosen two drummers, Tom and Mickey, as his support band. One also plays keys and they both contribute golden harmonies whilst Kim plays guitar, kick drum, harmonica and vocals, all seemingly at the same time, taking sips of tea in between songs.
Two songs have been released as singles from this album, Second Hand Car and title track, Weight Falls. Second Hand Car has a very catchy beat and chorus. Both have been very well received. I can see why Kim chose two drummers to back his new works. Many songs from the album have a real tribal beat; A fast, strong rhythm that conjured up a mental image for me of dancing barefoot around a fire on the beach at night. One of the drummers had an up-turned beer bottle strapped to his kit, which gave a delicate glassy sound when tapped. Both of these songs have been very well received.
Kim introduced the song Rosemary by telling the story of his late grandmother’s last days in hospital. Another patient, George, declared that he was in love with her and they kept each other company during their final days. It was stories like this, told between songs, which gave the crowd a sense of knowing Kim Churchill more intimately. Not only is Kim a great songwriter, he is also a great story-teller, and this comes through in the lyrics of his songs.
The stage was interestingly set with huge retro light bulbs on stands placed among the musicians. At times, these flashed on and off, creating a homely feel, like old-fashioned streetlights.
Toward the end of the set, Kim performed his 2014 hit Window To The Sky. This is a real anthem song and was hugely popular with the crowd. He finished with title track Weight Falls, a delicate song with beautiful guitar plucking and harmonies, about being ‘lost in time’ and then the ‘weight falls’. For this song, Kim and the two drummers stood around a retro microphone and performed a moving, unplugged version, completing a truly magical evening.
Kim Churchill was supported by the very talented 16-year-old Taj Ralph and songstress, Ayla. Kim is part way through an extensive Australian tour. Check him out if you can.
Thursday, 14th September -Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Friday, 15th September - Unibar, Wollongong
Saturday, 16th September - Street Theatre, Canberra
Thursday, 21st September - The Jack, Cairns
Friday, 22nd September - The Office, Townsville
Saturday, 23rd September - Timberfest, Mackay
Friday, 29th September -Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Saturday, 30th September - Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Sunday, 1st October - Sooki Lounge, Belgrave
Thursday, 5th October - Fat Controller, Adelaide
Friday, 6th October - Waratah Hotel, Hobart
Saturday, 7th October - Royal Oak, Launceston
Friday, 13th October - Fremantle Arts Centre Front Lawn, Fremantle
Saturday, 14th October - Prince Of Wales, Bunbury
Sunday, 15th October - Red Room @ Clancys Fish Pub, Dunsborough
Friday, 20th October - The Factory, Sydney
Thursday, 26th October - Solbar, Sunshine Coast
Friday, 27th October - Soundlounge, Gold Coast
Saturday, 28th October - The Triffid, Brisbane
Article & Images by Deb Kloeden