THE CHURCH returns with neon-drenched dystopian “The Hypnogogue” video

‘The Hypnogogue‘ is set in 2054… a dystopian and broken down future,” explains Steve Kilbey, bassist, vocalist and founder of seminal Australian psych-guitar masters THE CHURCH about their new single and video The Hypnogogue. “Invented by Sun Kim Jong, a North Korean scientist and occult dabbler, it is a machine and a process that pulls music straight of dreams.”

The latest single from the ARIA Hall of Fame inductees, “The Hypnogogue” is a swirling, textural epic that captures the band’s trademark psychedelia-tinged post-punk dreampop and imbues it a modern sensibility that’s heightened by a mix from Darrell Thorpe (Radiohead, Air, Beck).  “The song is about Eros Zeta the biggest rock star of 2054 who has traveled from his home in Antarctica (against his manager’s advice) to use the Hypnogogue to help him revive his flagging fortunes,” he continues, fleshing out the song’s science fiction storyline. “In the midst of the toxic process, he also falls in love with Sun Kim and it all ends tragically (of course…as these thing often do).”

Mirroring the narrative created within the lyrics of the song, the video’s rainy, neon-drenched retro-futurism establishes a world not unlike that of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner or Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys. Directed by Australian filmmaker Clint Lewis, “The Hypnogogue” builds an atmosphere that faithfully captures the essence of Kilbey’s fantastical storyline. “I gave the director a lot of input into this video but he took my ideas and ran with them and came up with a fair bit of stuff I never envisaged,” Kilbey smiles. “The Church appear on screens in the Hypnogogue as workers in the system, translating the dreams of users into real time music.  I’m very happy with the way it all turned out. It’d be hard to get a better result!”

The 2022 epic five-piece line-up is bassist, vocalist and founder Steve Kilbey; with long-time collaborator Tim Powles, drummer and producer across 17 albums since ’94; guitarist Ian Haug formerly of Australian rock icons Powderfinger, who joined the band in 2013 and Jeffrey Cain (Remy Zero), touring multi-instrumentalist who is now a full-time member of The Church since the departure of Peter Koppes in early 2020. The band have also recruited Ashley Naylor, long-time member of Paul Kelly’s touring band and one of Australia’s finest and most respected guitarists (Even, The Grapes, The Stems).

“The Hypnogogue” is released now and available at

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