After Kim Churchill’s unveiled his new track ‘Second Hand Car’ the excitement has continued to grow for his brand new album, Weight Falls. His national tour is set to hit Australia in September and October this year to kick off the album launch.
After the tremendous success which followed Silence/Win in 2014, expectations are high for the release. “It’s got a bit more energy than Silence/Win. And it’s a lot more beat-driven. I introduced a bit of digital inspiration with this one – in the sense that I chopped up a lot of acoustic guitar parts and created more of symmetrical pattern based style. I think it would all work well in a Wes Andersen film.”
Following the creation of his first album, Kim Churchill spent 18 months trying to perfect Weight Falls. When it didn’t feel quite right, he scrapped it and started again. ‘Second Hand Car’ sets the foundation for the rest of the album, and what audiences should expect from it. “There is a lot more acoustic guitar to come. A similar amount of beat driven music –quite based around the lyrics and vocals also. I went nuts on the harmonies. So yeah… beats, vocal melodies and acoustic guitar. That’s what’s to come.”
The album tour won’t just be hitting Australia’s major cities, it will be weaving up and down the country so everyone can enjoy Kim Churchill’s music. It hasn’t just been Australian audiences responding to his album either – his latest tracks have received international acclaim too. “So far it’s been really rad. It’s charting in Canada and people are really getting on board over in the UK and Europe too. Triple J have been lovely and got behind it, and in general people seem to dig it. All I can ask for really. It’s a lovely feeling.”
When asked about the writing process that went into the album, Kim Churchill mentions that some of his biggest influences are “Bon Iver, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Nick Drake, Tim Minchin, Alan Watts, Herman Hesse, Neil Gaiman, Yann Matal, Jose Gonzalez, Robert Plant and Sir Paul McCartney. Among a lot of others…”
As for the environment which Kim Churchill likes to work in, it’s best if it’s “a quiet, small space that is old and has lots of character” and he prefers writing songs “in the early morning.” Kim also has big things planned for the national tour. While his favourite things to bring are his watercolour paints and his yoga mat, his plans for the actual gigs are a little less relaxed sounding – “I’ll be bringing two drummers onstage with me to accompany my one-man band set up. They’re both incredible singers too! It’s a blast having it all up and running. Three snares in some songs, how indulgent. We really have a great time up there and it’s a crazy high energy. I can’t wait to get that out there.”
Kim Churchill wants his audiences to fully immerse themselves in the new album, Weight Falls. When listening to the album, fans should try to think about “nothing at all. Let the mind wander whenever it will.”
As for the tunes he’s loving at the moment, Kim Churchill has a lot of enthusiasm for the current music scene. “I’m really into Maggie Rogers. I think she is great. Loving Portishead – massive inspiration for the beats I used on the album. Dean Lewis is great I think. New Bon Iver and Radiohead albums are smashing. Digging Meg Mac’s first album too. Oh oh and Boo Seeka. Their new album is brill!”
While both Weight Falls and the national album tour promise big things, Kim Churchill’s long-term goals for his music career are humble. He simply wants to “make people as happy and as confident within themselves as possible.” But, slightly less humbly, also “play radical huge gigs with amazing lights and confetti and shit like that!”
Kim Churchill has also gone and created us an awesome ‘Winter Warmers’ playlist to enjoy while waiting for the final days of winter to come to an end.
“I loved the idea of winter warmers. It made me think of the kind of music I’d put on to accompany that wonderful feeling when you’re inside and it’s crazy cold and nasty outside. A lot of beautiful melodies that hug you and make you feel like you’re floating on them. A lot of acoustic instruments. Something raw about them that fits the winter theme I think. Mainly just songs that accompany that calm feeling of acceptance that I sometimes feel when I know I am just gonna be sitting around indoors all day looking out at the storm.
Weight Falls is set for release on August 25, and is characterised by chopped-up drum samples, unusual harmonies and moments of disarming lyrical honesty. Find the tour dates below and more info here!
KIM CHURCHILL AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Thursday 14 September – Cambridge Hotel, NEWCASTLE
Friday 15 September – Unibar, WOLLONGONG
Saturday 16 September– Street Theatre, CANBERRA
Thursday 21 September – The Jack, CAIRNS
Friday 22 September – The Office, TOWNSVILLE
Saturday 23 September – Timberfest, MACKAY
Fridays 29 September – Corner Hotel, MELBOURNE
Saturday 30 September – Karova Lounge, BALLARAT
Sunday 1 October – Sooki Lounge, BELGRAVE
Thursday 5 October – Fat Controller, ADELAIDE
Friday 6 October – Waratah Hotel, HOBART
Saturday 7 October – Royal Oak, LAUNCESTON
Friday 13 October – Fremantle Arts Centre Front Lawn, FREMANTLE
Saturday 14 October – Prince of Wales, BUNBURY
Sunday 15 October – Red Room @ Clancy’s Fish Pub, DUNSBOROUGH
Friday 20 October – The Factory, SYDNEY
Thursday 26 October – Solbar, SUNSHINE COAST
Friday 27 October – Soundlounge, GOLD COAST
Saturday 28 October – The Triffid, BRISBANE