Al Church And State

"By about the one-minute mark of Al Church And State’s debut album—right when the group’s adenoidal harmonies kick in atop some arena-ready crunchy riffage—it’s pretty clear that Al Church is one big Weezer fan (so much so, he apparently used to front a tribute band to the group). Thankfully, Church’s Rivers Cuomo fixation extends only to the band’s formative adolescent-angst-anthem and sweater-destroying era—no Raditude-styled b.s. here—and doesn’t dominate the entire album. More than mere power-pop geeks, Church and his highly capable band, which includes former Aneuretical frontman Matthew Sandstedt, also make convincing stabs at shimmering balladry (“She’s Okay”), and sinewy Spoon-styled post-punk (“Stick Up”) and keep the music briskly moving throughout the album. If only Weezer itself showed this much range." // Grade: A- // by Rob Van Alstyne // Onion A.V. Club

Past Shows


Feb
1
st
2013
Mainroom
Dec
29
th
2012
Mainroom
Dec
29
th
2012
Mainroom

Actual Wolf, Al Church And State, MEG ASHLING and more!

with dozens of MN bands covering The Magnetic Fields’ magnum opus
Apr
26
th
2011
7th St Entry
Apr
26
th
2011
7th St Entry

ROEBUCK

with Al Church And State, Mike Gunther, Dewi Sant and more!
Dec
6
th
2010
7th St Entry
Dec
6
th
2010
7th St Entry

STUDY BREAK

A BENEFIT FOR TOYS FOR TOTS
with Al Church And State, NEMACIS, TOXIC WASTE and more!
Aug
13
th
2010
Turf Club
Aug
13
th
2010
Turf Club

Wishbook

with Harper Blynn and Al Church And State
Jul
10
th
2010
7th St Entry
Jul
10
th
2010
7th St Entry

Al Church And State

with Satellite Voices and HELLO BLUE
Apr
22
nd
2010
7th St Entry
Apr
22
nd
2010
7th St Entry

Al Church And State

with Fascinator and MONDOMEGA
Apr
7
th
2010
7th St Entry
Apr
7
th
2010
7th St Entry

Killola

with Sick of Sarah, Al Church And State and LOYAL TO THE GROUP OF 17
Mar
20
th
2010
7th St Entry
Mar
20
th
2010
7th St Entry

Tripping Icarus

with Haroh and Al Church And State
Feb
27
th
2010
7th St Entry
Feb
27
th
2010
7th St Entry

Wishbook

with Al Church And State and HISTORY BOOKS

More Shows

Apr
8
th
First Avenue

An Evening with
They Might Be Giants

Jun
14
th
Fine Line
Cancelled

Joywave

May
11
th
First Avenue
Cancelled

JoJo

Nov
13
th
The Cedar Cultural Center

Nada Surf