posted on February 27, 2009 at 8:49 pm

the ‘orrible church begin re-hearsing today
out in some god forsaken suburb of western sydney
away from the pseuds and surfers of my beloved eastern subs
slaving away over a hot fretboard
deafening myself with my own bloody racquet
knocking myself out with my own beat
drinking cans of coke and munching on potato crisps
pacing around in the sun n shadows outside
i look at the weeds and the lizards
i look at the bits of paper blowing around
i look at the tar on the road
i look at the dust in the gutter
i look at the rust on the cars
i do yoga out there on my own
out in a parking lot surrounded by wherehouses
while the others fiddle with their stuff
i do my lonely yoga out there
i sod around with whatever i can find
i kick small stones
while i wait for whatever they have to do
before we play
bass n voice is easy mister
i just go straight into the p.a.
the other things take some jiggling about i spose
i dunno
i hate being in there
in that room with all that electric n electronic fallout
i spent too much time with equipment
and its soft radiations
i cant remember the words
i cant remember the notes
i cant remember the bleeding names
i cant remember the faces i should pull
i cant remember
i must
so i shall
submerge myself in the church
do my bit
play my part
a cog in the mechanism
a point in the distance
a teem player
easy as picking foxes from a tree
my fingers glide o’er the strings
my voice gets the words from somewhere
et voila
i stumble back into it on auto pilot
all guns blazing
singing my old heart out again
for the cause
for the faderland
for the folks who paid their good money
i dont know what it will be this time
no one does
will just follow along
as it leads us by the noses
and we run after it
with our guitars strapped on
baying and howling
chasing a good tune
see ya soon then

41 Responses to “belmore rhapsody”

  1. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 27 February 2009 at 9:43 pm #

    Aaah — The Church live. How I wish I could experience you guys live again. But I don’t suppose you’ll pay a visit to Copenhagen this time around considering you guys sold like a hundred tickets the last time you were here. Dum danes!!!

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    itll be great to see the church back in brisbane,at the zoo,love always,Gen.xoxoxoxoxo

  3. avatar
    limebeaver | 27 February 2009 at 9:54 pm #

    the golden plains fest will suit the band perfectly!
    you guys are playing at sunset, genius!
    Effusive Limebeaver

  4. avatar
    davem | 27 February 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    The best fucking band in the world. Nothing comes even close for me.

  5. avatar
    catchow | 27 February 2009 at 10:26 pm #

    i’m so pleased to see that THE
    CHURCH are still a-live!
    what will it be this time?et voila:
    surely GREAT!…

  6. avatar
    seoigh | 27 February 2009 at 11:16 pm #

    An older, wiser, Killer might yet one day be humbly grateful for those tiresome guys in that horrible room jiggling their bothersome electronic bits banging out those inferior-to-McCombs songs.

    I’m looking forward to the tour. I hope you can do that, too.

    Others make you possible, Steve.

    Others make all of us possible.

    Good luck with rehearsal. This tour could end up being very important for you and your family, you know?

    It might just be getting to that point where quality really does matter.

  7. avatar
    seoigh | 27 February 2009 at 11:18 pm #

    …as a post script, I’d like to add that it would be a real treat to see Steve Kilbey throw his heart at performing the Church as much as he did for the Triffids performance.

    That was strong stuff, Steve. That proves ya got it in ya. You’ve given yourself a tough act to follow.

    So do it.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2009 at 11:23 pm #

    Well said seoigh

  9. avatar
    EDD | 27 February 2009 at 11:24 pm #

    Gosh Steve. You gotta look at it in a better light. Looks like there are alot o’ peeps who wanna see you flog the dead horse, including me. It can’t be that bad.

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2009 at 11:30 pm #

    i used to think that middle age was just a huge albatross for bands. i mean when bands are young they are “fresh and vibrant” and when they reach their 50’s-60’s they become “classics and legends” but in their late 30’s-40’s they are seen as “hanging on” or “irrelevant”. i realize that you guys are old enough to be in that legendary class today but of all the bands that i have latched onto, dropped, rediscovered, etc… the church have never fallen out of relevance for me. i concur with the gentleman before, for my money, you are indeed a part of the “best fucking band in the world”. excuse me for being down on my knees and disregard my nose being up your ass but it’s my truth. your band, your words have been such an important part of my life, who i am, how i feel, what i think. i know, i know…..your just another guy, and tho i don’t know you personally, the impact that your words and your music has made in my life (and so many others) is profound. i’m glad that you guys are rehearsing, getting the kinks out, preparing to transcend again……….really tho, i am most happy that you and the band are still making magic and sharing it with us.

    forever grateful,

  11. avatar
    the dean | 27 February 2009 at 11:36 pm #

    Belmore! Oh my Gawd (said in a voice from Pizza)

  12. avatar
    stealthblue | 27 February 2009 at 11:50 pm #

    Anyway you look at it, it’s just pretty awesome that the music still finds a way. Sometimes it is hard to pull it together. I just give “props” to anyone who still plays their music, whether out of love or compulsion. “Classics” indeed, but light-years ahead of most I would say The Church are.

    Looking forward to another sighting, and another, and another…

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2009 at 1:37 am #

    and in other news
    there now may
    be a similarity between
    SK and Bono:
    – both have publicly
    slagged off Chris Martin

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2009 at 1:54 am #

    the boat

    your heart beating

    one day it stops

    your course work in theology

    your good will

    and many thanks

  15. avatar
    Jasperina | 28 February 2009 at 2:24 am #

    Lonely Church man doing lonely yoga wearing that ill fitting mansuit…

  16. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 28 February 2009 at 2:42 am #

    ….i have to agree with bg and EDD…the church is the best band in the world to me and what your music gives me cannot be measured or quantified….bless you and your families, guys…..
    love always……

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2009 at 4:19 am #

    Good to hear Steve

    Just got Shriek today sounds very interesting. Finally picked up Box of Birds to add to my collection very diverse.Eagerly awaiting coffee hounds and new release,keep it coming what a great year its gonna be in Churchville.

    Steve in Florida

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2009 at 4:37 am #

    yes please sk, submerge yourself in the church.
    Those butterflies of anticipation are starting to arrive.

    Lady Di

  19. avatar
    m.p.k | 28 February 2009 at 5:26 am #

    love you guys SK, can you feel it?

  20. avatar
    captain mission | 28 February 2009 at 5:47 am #

    how wonderful, i am so looking forwards to seeing the band play, it’s been such a long time.

    i’d love to see the church play the songs they want to play and leave the ones they don’t like or are bored with, out.

    i think there’s so many songs that their own personal selection would have enough diversity to keep everyone happy.

    strange description of rehersals, it felt like a wim wenders movie, i could almost see you in the foreground, stretched to the sun, with that panaramic feel of space, emptyness and desolation. i’m sure if you continue to follow the flow you will find yourselves where you need to be. the church have never disappointed those who look beneath the surface.

  21. avatar
    ross b | 28 February 2009 at 5:58 am #

    beaut blog – it kind of reads like a classic australian short story.

    I’m hoping to make it on the ides – I hope it’s a great tour for you guys!!

  22. avatar
    davem | 28 February 2009 at 7:20 am #

    The Church!!!! Really hope you can feel positive about it. I can’t tell you how much the band means to me.
    If I lived in sydney I’d be outside the rehearsal room listening in!

  23. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 28 February 2009 at 9:04 am #

    fading away…

  24. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 28 February 2009 at 10:26 am #

    Anonymous at 10:30 — you expressed exactly how I feel about The Church.

  25. avatar
    12str | 28 February 2009 at 10:38 am #

    i cant describe the joy i feel listening to the new tracks “Pangaea” and “Happenstance”. As long as you keep on writing and producing this wonderful music you have to realize that the world wont let you of the hook ;)I guess its going to be the album of the least in my book.Your work is much appreciated.
    Thanks SK!!


  26. avatar
    grow fins | 28 February 2009 at 11:51 am #

    Why Belmore? Theres a rehearsal space in Alexandria that must be more amenable.

  27. avatar
    Lian | 28 February 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Love the songs, killer. Love it that how you throw the entire you into them when you are singing; it’s just great.

    Never tired of listening to your songs, never tired of listening to your voice. They are gems.

    Keep creating.

  28. avatar
    Freddie | 28 February 2009 at 1:31 pm #

    Indeed follow it wherever it goes
    because you just never know
    Hope this is a good one for y’all.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2009 at 3:44 pm #


  30. avatar
    Anakki Mayhem | 28 February 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    the church! the church! the church!

    & in case ya missed it the 1st time, let me repeat myself…

    the church! the church! the church!

    cya soon!

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    love the church more than anything but……the shipping on coffee hounds to the u.s. is just awful. can i just download the tracks? this would be a first. i own everything church/kilbey related.
    but times are tough. can heyday records sell the e.p.? please.


  32. avatar
    glynnisjohns | 28 February 2009 at 5:20 pm #

    I would not go to see a band called

    “Lonely Yoga”.

    Chin up buttercup!

    It’s what your good at and it’s why we keep coming back.


  33. avatar
    veleska1970 | 28 February 2009 at 5:32 pm #

    excellently said, bg. excellently said.

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2009 at 5:40 pm #

    A very good friend of mine said: “poetry is too unstable to be useful”. Up and down we swirl around, looking for meaning in the puzzle but the puzzle isn’t even close to complete. You don’t like to work, Poseidon, you like to take a ride on the inspired storms. To work is to program yourself, to be part of an institution, to take a permanent seat where others randomly meet, to make a pattern that fits expectations when your mind is struggling to be free of any pattern (example: Painkiller). I understand. The Church is all of us’ mad escape. It is what deviates and elevates from the norm. And there is no expectation at all towards it in our hearts while expectations abound in our minds. Anyway, The Church is going to take us somewhere else sometime anywhere no matter what. It is always going to conquer us and teach something that seemed to be pathetically hidden forever between squalid synapses. It is always going to hold its unique clear blue sky and golden sun that have been denied by the world. But it is just your work, it is your labour, I’m sure a labour of love but who said love doesn’t suck sometimes or most of the times?… Still, my dear, you can be utterly proud of your work even inside your sickeningly high standards. You don’t know any answer or any secret but your musicvoicewords WORK in a way that resembles vividly to answers and secrets most of us search in this wilderness of nonsense. Isn’t it enough? Haha, no, of course not, you’ll go looking for more and we’re happy you will ’cause that’s what turns the result of your hard work into magic for us. Ah, Steve Kilbey, there is nothing like The Church. I wish you could see from outside (wink).

  35. avatar
    persephone2u | 28 February 2009 at 7:12 pm #

    Chasing a good tune. If the song happenstance is any indication you’ve been chasing tunes into the aether. That song sounds like something you could only hear in a dream. Beautiful. Looking forward to the new record.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2009 at 7:51 pm #

    i am not suprised that many here concurred with my earlier sentiments, what you have done means alot. i am very pleased that the band i owe so much to are back at it but i detect a tiredness, possible frustration, a sadness maybe at getting on the church train once again? i suppose after doing it so many times thru the years that it does become tiresome, boring possibly and you begin to question your motivations for doing it. many of us that go to work doing the same thing, day in and day out know the feeling but the difference lies in what you give to the world. chin up here mate. what bolan was to you, you are to many. mccombs songs spark something in you that your songs spark in many. it’s a beautiful cycle. everything that i read about your performance with the triffids indicates that you gave everything you had to those songs, those fans there watching and listening. your music, your lyrics and your band deserve the same. maybe you don’t feel it all the time and need a little kick in the pants to remind you that for many folks you do indeed front the “best fucking band in the world” (credit to davem).consider our words and let it flow.

    always grateful,

  37. avatar
    Lian | 28 February 2009 at 10:50 pm #

    bg, oh my gawd “what bolan was to you, you are to many. mccombs songs spark something in you that your songs spark in many. it’s a beautiful cycle”, that’s so nice!

  38. avatar
    Lian | 28 February 2009 at 11:44 pm #

    Sorry Steve I’m speaking too much… but nice comments should get their responses.

    Dear anony 4:40, “You don’t like to work, Poseidon, you like to take a ride on the inspired storms.” Like it!

    If an artist has to think how “important” the songs mean to him, then he loses everything. That’s what I wanted to say.

  39. avatar
    eek | 1 March 2009 at 9:36 am #

    i dont know what it will be this time
    no one does

    That’s a huge part of what makes live music such a thrill. You just never know if it’s going to be a spectacular, average, or train-wreck of a gig. Everything leading up to a show can be perfect and the show can go straight to hell. Or everything preshow can go wrong, but once onstage the band just soars.

  40. avatar
    matthew | 1 March 2009 at 1:05 pm #

    and the nice one
    and olde you know who” …Ooh, I’m trying so hard to put names to faces there!

  41. avatar
    David Connell | 1 March 2009 at 7:56 pm #

    So great to hear about a new Church tour. Please come to Milwaukee, WI again! The Midwest loves The Church.

    Hey Steve, I’m sure this means nothing to you; but did you know when the revamped Smashing Pumpkins played in Australia last year they did a note for note version of “Reptile”?! I think it’s great that Corgan choose to honor you guys like that. You can listen to it here if you’re at all insterested:

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