RELEASE DATE: 3.11.2020
The first new Sun City Girls release in 9 years, Live at the Sky Church is a performance that melds their signature alien-jazz improv, Asian-tinged psychedelia, and middle eastern meditations together with their ranting psychodrama.
Live at the Sky Church is an audio and visual recording from 2004 that shows a group both aware and committed to its history, while still demonstrating the power of the experimental to drive an enormous cudgel through complacency.
Some of the most important moments in history often go undocumented but because Live at the Sky Church took place in the Girl’s adopted home of Seattle, their friend Robert Millis was there to record the event. It did not initially portend any import, but after the dust settled, the resulting recording showed three friends sharing in the creative process that would end long before it should have. It made a creative statement in an environment that did not realize how necessary that statement would be. As the recording begins, it is already apparent the experience will be too short, but what the fuck are you supposed to do but celebrate that it happened?
The Girls came from Phoenix, Arizona, but now have traveled the world exploring sound, documenting travel, and attempting to be emissaries for people that exist at the margins. Live at the Sky Church illustrates this history and attempts to provide a manifesto without dictating the experience.
Twenty One Eighty Two has had a long history with Sun City Girls, most of which, the Girls were unaware of. While not at the show, our attempt to help continue to put a part of Arizona’s musical history in the appropriate context convinced the Girls that a bunch of subversives from a town no one admits to being from would be the people to put this recording into the world.
Will you listen?