Painkiller suggests he does. For those who love The Church's majestic pop, Kilbey's first solo effort in five years satisfies. "Wolfe," all symphonic edges, reminds us just how textured Kilbey's band could be. Whether you enjoy it with midnight headphones or during rush hour, Painkiller tastes sweeter than a strawberry-flavored codeine trip.
Willson-Piper, meanwhile, offers his own solo effort following a nine-year studio hiatus. Cracking the lid on Nightjar reveals timeless, guitar-centered popcraft, always evident on Church albums. Ballads like "No One There" shimmer in the brightness of 12-string guitars, even while Willson-Piper draws upon grittier folk and country influences on tracks like "A Game for Losers."
With a new Church CD due later this year, Kilbey and Willson-Piper offer excellent appetizers that shouldn't be passed over for the main course.