posted on November 23, 2013 at 4:58 pm
red november

red november














working on the new album

in botany nsw

strange mixture of old new in botany

warm humid rainy days thunder rumbling

down the end of a small street in a warehouse

a great big studio

there we write and record our new album

the church is an idea

an ideal

a type of music to make

a mixture a combination

the idea almost has such solidity it could be franchised

in the end its the music

i am committed to making this kind of music

this kind of music i began writing oh so long ago

inspired by my heroes and other outside things

i formed an idea which i have developed on my own and then with others

a certain kind of lyrics

a certain kind of feeling

i was able to pinpoint and exclude what i didnt like from my band

after all these years there is that identifiable sound

there are those qualities you like : intelligence originality tradition

yes the eternal pull between originality and tradition

we turn the chord progressions on their head but it still has to rock, right..?

do weird things with the lyrics but dont lose meaning!

rock but dont rock in a dumb way

if it must be dumb than be dumber than anyone else

yet dont be clever for clevers sake too often

our new record is coming along nicely

you will like it

we are mining the rich vein of past and future

we aim for some impossible excellence

further deeper

we are making headway

further deeper

questioning our assumptions

trying to get to somewhere upstream

we go over each aspect of the songs

the time, the tempo, the key, the notes within each chord

the length of the bars

the role of each drum

the plethora of bass choices at every turn

the melody the harmony

the intensity

the length

a million other things

the machinery of rock music

these parameters we manipulate

our sonic experiments are reaping lovely rewards

further deeper



68 Responses to “coming a long nice lee”

  1. avatar
    Chris | 23 November 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    Long live The Church!

  2. avatar
    wodan | 23 November 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    A new Church album!! Can`t believe it! My heart missed a beat and then soared

  3. avatar
    andy | 23 November 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    your aim is true……….
    go for it guru!

  4. avatar
    Tom | 23 November 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    Many keep bringing up the refo;mation album like this one is going to be the sequel. They are only saying that because Marty is absent like on that album. Yet I know that was 16 or 17 years ago. I do not expect another refomation just as I never expect a church album to sound like a previous one. You guys have changed since then of course. I expect a wonderful record but I’m thinking it will be different than any effort from 1997. There’s a new guy in there now so it’s not a trio like in 1997. I was listening to the refo record the other day. I still love it but it’s one of a kind, not to be duplicated. It’s got this aloof, druggy feel to it that is pretty trademark for the church. However, it’s kind of minimalist with it’s heavy bass and mid to slow tempo tunes. It’s got this improvisational feeling to it as well. To me it’s a great record but the church surpassed that long ago. The last record was an absolute dream. What we were all waiting for. I expect that this next one will be amazing but not because it sounds like something already done. That is not the church’s style…never has been. kilbey you are the most amazing song writer. It’s a shame that MWP is not going to be on this one, it really is. yet I am confident that this record will still be spectacular. and if it doesn’t strike me as one of your best it wont matter. I have no idea which record is best anyway, I love them all. some records are better than others (opinion of course on that!) but I know the church will never back track to a previous sound. each album is very different from the last and this is the reason that the church is the best band ever. KEEP KILLIN’ IT STEVE, PETER, TIM, NEW GUY!!! I cannot wait!! so happy….Thank you..

    • avatar
      Stephen | 24 November 2013 at 2:03 am #

      Thanks for this post Tom. Gives me some info I was totally unaware of before.

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    Nick Peters | 23 November 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    “the church is an idea…a type of music to make…the idea almost has such solidity it could be franchised”

    Wow! I have to say, I thought the wonderful, magical music of The Church was more than just the aural equivalent of a Big Mac. Slightly disappointed to find out it’s not the special result of the chemistry between the players, but is something that could be made by any group of musicians as long as they understood the parameters.

  6. avatar
    oyoy | 23 November 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    Impossible excellence! Love it. Good name for an album.
    May sound a bit strange, but I am enjoying the old songs more than ever. Must be the new headphones… lol
    Looking forward to some new familiarity. The Church Revival. Bring it on!
    Suz xx

    • avatar
      tom | 24 November 2013 at 4:55 am #

      please don’t name the album impossible excellence. yeah I know that won’t happen.

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    Kohl Ette | 23 November 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    That’s very good to hear already! Don’t want to hold you up, so anyway… do you still have breathers? I guess you’d need to although you seem very intent. Probably as your muse dictates? Wishing for an enjoyable process for you all.

  8. Kraig
    Kraig | 23 November 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    You Kidding me AGAIN!?

    I’m so excited my shoes just popped off! Not only that I’m running down the street yelling The Church are coming, The Church are coming! Then people thinking the end of the World is near listening to this, but no, the beginning is near so thank you Lord for these gifts we are about to receive, Amen brothers n sisters

  9. avatar
    Jeremy | 23 November 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    Can’t wait to hear it! Thanks for sticking together guys, love your music.

  10. avatar
    Ingrid | 23 November 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    Hi SK yes we will like it. Great to hear!!!
    Enjoyed show at Vanguard the other week. Haven’t had proper internet at home for a while so haven’t been posting much. It was good to read this tonight.

  11. avatar
    Cath | 24 November 2013 at 12:00 am #

    Band of Brothers
    melodic lovers
    rhythmic ghosts
    playing with their hosts

    May the muses be with you all , long live the Church! xx

  12. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 24 November 2013 at 4:28 am #

    The Church invariably compose and record luminous, ethereal and celestial music. !!

  13. avatar
    cheryl | 24 November 2013 at 4:43 am #

    a certain kind of lyric. a certain kind of feeling. That incredible music that has the ability to transport one to another place & time. Nothing sounds like the Church! Rock On SK!

  14. avatar
    Andreas | 24 November 2013 at 6:05 am #

    great there’s a new record coming! But, Marty is not on board and no-one is saying anything… I am disappointed. Marty has been an integral part to the church. I always felt that the church was the magic of SK’s mind, really (with all that goes with it- lyrics, imagery, bass playing, drive etc) plus the interweaving of two guitars, two irreplaceable guitars (you know who). There was at one point the church reduced to a duo, we had Refo, but so far only drummers were replaced (progressively for the best, I think). But Marty replaced… no. I will always follow the church, and SK’s stuff. Will always buy, support, etc as I have done for 22 years now. I will buy the new album when it’s out. I love you too much SK not to do so. But I am SAD.

    Love from Italy,

    • avatar
      Luscious Ghost | 27 November 2013 at 5:52 am #

      check out latest post from Steve and The Church on facebook, they discuss Marty

  15. avatar
    A nony mouse | 24 November 2013 at 7:43 am #

    But can Haugy jingle jangle on a Ric??????????????????????

  16. avatar
    Michel | 24 November 2013 at 9:17 am #

    The Idyllist…
    You Are Everything & Lorelei EP…
    Long Distance Century Buzzes And Fades…
    ? with Greg Dulli…
    Strings Attached & Fly By Night…
    Songs From The Real World (yes, give me Eternity !)…
    and now Further Deeper…Churcher ! (sorry for Marty)…

    2013 has been a whole christmas gift by Steve with a little help from his friends.
    Can’t wait for 2014 ! Thanks for the words, music, images, pastels, everything Mr Kilbey ! Hurrah ! Yippeee ! Encoooore !
    (pardon my french enthusiasm)

  17. avatar
    veleska1970 | 24 November 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Yes, Steve, we will like it.

    But a bummer about Marty not being there…. 🙁

  18. avatar
    Grant | 24 November 2013 at 11:00 am #

    SO glad to hear you are back in the studio, recording more Church music. What a joy to look forward to. I think the last 5 Church releases have been simply brilliant. I can’t wait for more!

  19. avatar
    Cocoamo | 24 November 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    My joy is equaled only by my disappointment that Marty, my namesake, will be absent. However, I will still look forward to this with great anticipation. Better a Church album with no Marty than no Church album at all, I suppose? I hope whatever the circumstances are that are keeping him from being a part of this will resolve by the time you make the next album.

    If I do say so myself, I make some dynamite Hummus. Chick peas, garlic, lemon, tahini, olive oil, slow roasted red peppers and liquid smoke, processed until it’s creamy smooth and fluffy. If I substitute roasted eggplant for the chick peas, it would still be good, but instead of Hummus it would be baba ganoush.

    Maybe you could call the album baba ganoush?

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania
    (Now in Cocoa Beach)

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 November 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    collaborators… Four geniuses equal yet different… That’s THe Church… Too bad Marty’s on another continent… Sure this will be great but keep that door open all of you… Another album still to come to make the full circle

  21. avatar
    there's some dog poo on your tailcoat | 24 November 2013 at 5:05 pm #

  22. avatar
    smashing vinyl over heads | 24 November 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    Stalkers beware, especially the ladies with the big gums, there’s a pit bull at the gate so keep away from the stoodio.

  23. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 24 November 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    A bit to say on the subject. Did you mean? a) pastilles b) glutinous maximus c) tongues. If so you have referred to a few of my writings. Are you sure YOU’RE not stalking ME? I’m highly narcissistic you know but I’m sure you already do know that… I will leave the cake with the pit bull then. I’m not very afraid. I stood up to an aggro one quite recently. Anyway. You can’t have your cake and eat it. But posting a link with the street address is tantamount to showing a kid chocolate cake and then denying it any. ‘Are you f*%$ing kidding me?’ Ryan Gosling (A Place Beyond the Pines). What’s that to do with it? A certain Genesis quoi. Hoping this is dumb enough but not too clever. Also, we have very big tonsils in the family and it’s a mother’s duty to attend to other tonsils than her own. So, I could be detained. Thanks anyway. I will see what I can do, tho.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 25 November 2013 at 9:43 am #

      I always thought it was ‘u cood not hav yr Cath & Edith’. Oh comeon now, anything with Ryan Gosling in nnot just amongst tbe pines would have 2 b good. That man is such good eyecandy and everything else.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 26 November 2013 at 6:45 am #

      If u look further away thereby closer at everyone else (which can be even more fun)… Incorporated within blogs quite oftentimes are bits and pieces of many, counted up to twenty within one blog entry but there may be even more accidentally overlooked… Fascinating… And quite a talent; his.

      • avatar
        Kohl Ette | 26 November 2013 at 7:39 am #

        Like eye candy crush?!

  24. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 24 November 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    what happened to the stud in the studio? Stood, hmmm…

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 25 November 2013 at 8:32 pm #

      Dunno, but I know who put the cunt in Scunthorpe…

      • avatar
        Kohl Ette | 26 November 2013 at 7:37 am #

        Such a thrill – a mix of hilarity, shock and pleasure to read this word directly under me. You must be very masterful, Anonymous!

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 27 November 2013 at 9:07 pm #

          Well, it makes a change from you howling at my tinderbox, missus!

          • avatar
            Kohl Ette | 29 November 2013 at 8:35 am #

            Ridiculous balderdash! at the age of 37 she realised she’d never ride through blackpool in a sportscar with etc… standing on the inside looking in standing on the inside looking in whoah oh i’m already tired of um scumthorpe I must admit. but I rarely complain unlike your incessant negligence. don’t get me started. the miss us? or the we that never we’re… absolute howler, sorry can’t help it! stunned is not the same as stunning. boom boom

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 27 November 2013 at 7:42 am #

      I thought that was a term for ear ring.

      • avatar
        Kohl Ette | 27 November 2013 at 5:57 pm #

        Yes, similarly, for eg, ‘The pit bull wore a studded collar’. Or ‘the christmas cake was studded with almonds and angelica’. But speaking of term, sleepers and studs were acceptable when I was at school. Now some schools only allow clear studs or sleepers covered with tape (I guess for safety purposes). I was going to say schools are more conservative now in that regard than before but maybe they’re just more safety conscious. Sorry Steve for digressing.

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 November 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    Dude, if you’re going to do the church without Marty, at least promise us there’ll be no jazz odyssey! Or a spur of the moment rock out reunion, even if he does tell you to do a good show…

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 November 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Off the record. I just heard a young girl was murdered in my hometown in a park that I spent alot of my youth passing through. This should not be happening to our youth. May God bless her soul and may she rest in peace. On the opposite side is another great park where many brissie bands would play 4 free on a weekend where i lay resting as i listened to many a good set especially the man with the beautiful dreamy voice sing an on other days we put pop along for the fun Brisbane Radio ZZZ market days.

  27. avatar
    Gavin | 25 November 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    All I can say is, I would have preferred Marty to have still been in the fold. But, as far as songwriting, I think Peter is better than MWP when writing Church music. Interestingly though, MWP as a solo artist is far better than Peter as a solo artist. Who cares? I trust you to write another corker of an album, SK. In fact, the latest Isidore, the KK trilogy, and the David Neil records are so good, I really wouldn’t lament the end of the Church. Well, maybe just a little.

  28. Kraig
    Kraig | 25 November 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    Just placed both my orders for the new SK No Strings Attached and KK Songs From The Real World. Excited can’t wait to hear them and looking forward to some new Church cutz! You guys (SK,KK,Church) amaze us, Cheers

  29. avatar
    Luscious Ghost | 25 November 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Is Marty NOT on this New Church Album 🙁 ?

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 26 November 2013 at 7:14 am #

      Dude, at his songwriting seminar way back in September, Steve revealed that Marty had LEFT the church. It’s not that he’s sitting this one out, guy – he’s gone!

      • avatar
        Luscious Ghost | 27 November 2013 at 5:41 am #

        Why? Why Did Marty Leave? Was it from the financial Second Motion Records fiasco or something entirely diffferent?

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 27 November 2013 at 1:25 pm #

          Moat. I’ve been hovering the blog lately cuz I know how it is to be the polite quiet one…while everyone else talks… Marty has always been one of my two favorite living musicians …that man kicks it like nobody else can… And without him (and Peter…sorry Tim …u r the third drummer, and a great one too),your words and voice would have not been showcased to have made you the great talent you are. I don’t know who’s been filling your head with It’s just your band, It’s not… It never would have been without them. And for all of your own stunning side projects… My faves Martin and isadore… Those two gifted musicians wouldn’t have been inspired to know your talent… Write so perfect for you without Tim, Marty and peter. There, I said it. I wish Marty and his beautiful companion, TH, much success with their new musical friends … I’m sure it is as beautiful as his other non-church efforts… Have them all and how can someone be AWOL from his own life as for Mr. Kilbey… the last year or so you seem so stressed and it shows on that stunning face of yours … Be happy and thankful and young and see patterns as they unfold before they can’t be changed… I’ve watched someone else recently… Everything afraid of is what we are at the end.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 26 November 2013 at 8:05 pm #

      And he’s been replaced by Ian Haug of Powderfinger.
      There’s this thing called ‘the internet’ where you can keep up with stuff like this, y’know…

      • avatar
        Luscious Ghost | 27 November 2013 at 5:03 pm #

        Ok all you smartasses, sorry but even if SK and the Internet knew about this crap, I did not and so did many others. Plus, nobody ever explained it thoroughly until recently, hell, nobody really know of The Church’s new album until recently also. So all you Anony’s quit being so anal retentive and chill. I did not know, hence why I asked this question. Wanted to know from the horses mouth, no offense SK

        • avatar
          Luscious Ghost | 27 November 2013 at 5:04 pm #

          Why all the bitterness from you Anony’s…whoever you are. Why so bitter? Awww po babies don’t like this change, awww tuff fuckin’ luck it is what it is

          • avatar
            True Hundred | 28 November 2013 at 4:13 am #

            Don’t sweat it, chap, we’s just funnin’ witcha. All friends here.

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    I don't know | 25 November 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    That photo looks like the “newer” cover to Hologram of Baal.

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    crimson | 26 November 2013 at 6:17 am #

    Hey SK, I know this is OT but I need to voice this request somewhere. Can you guys consider re-releasing your entire 21st century catalog in vinyl? Actually everything HOB going forward. I would buy every single release, and would pay extra for quality art, gatefold etc. Some records I would buy more than one, just to share the awesomeness that would be a record like Forget Yourself or HOB on vinyl… U23 is already almost impossible to obtain in the format.

    • avatar | 26 November 2013 at 6:59 am #

      Oh, I would so buy those vinyl records (except Untitled #23 since I already own a copy).

      • avatar
        Luscious Ghost | 27 November 2013 at 6:02 am #

        Got em’ all on vinyl…you guys should have kept up to date here & The Church Band site and could have ordered them when they came out with vinyl…too bad. How much is U23 vinyl going for will sell you mine and it’s signed too

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          crimson | 27 November 2013 at 10:50 am #

          wtf? I didn’t think there was any vinyl of HOB or Forget Yourself or any of the stuff prior to U23 but after P=A. does it actually exist?

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            Luscious Ghost | 27 November 2013 at 5:06 pm #

            Yes but sold out of them and never reprinted. Even have the ULTC on vinyl too along with U23, both signed

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            crimson | 28 November 2013 at 7:26 am #

            sadly i have only been collecting vinyl for about a year. i didn’t have the space for it until i bought a house this year, always lived in tiny apartments before that.

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 28 November 2013 at 1:48 am #

          No you don’t have them on vinyl, there are no vinyl versions of any of their lps after Sometime Anywhere except for U23, period. I’m a vinyl junkie and would have these, you’re just trolling now or maybe you just need to check you collection again, I guarantee you won’t find them!

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    quietpleasethankyou | 27 November 2013 at 1:57 am #

    Late to the party, but ready for the music to begin!
    Wow what GREAT news after FIVE years! THANK YOU STEVE & BAND!

  33. avatar
    Stephen | 27 November 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Hey Steve
    Not sure if this is the place for a story written tonight after seeing ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’. But I’m not a Facebook or Twitter monkey, and I’ve never even written a third-person story before (so there you go!). Thanks for the 30+ years of music I’ve been privy to. (If you don’t like it fine, if you do well ok ta). PS. Not only ‘Carrere are fucked’.

    Life…carries on.

    Echoes from the Watership

    ‘Anyone sitting here?’ the guy asked. Older dude, seemed smart. Didn’t stink of pish at least, not like the previous occupant of that space.
    ‘Eh, no, on ye go’ the response.
    ‘Fine weather eh?’
    What’s wi the talk mate. Can ye no jist sit here n let me think.
    ‘Yeh no bad.’ Some cloud cover over bluer skies, coming into spring, warmer like.
    ‘What do you think of him then?’
    ‘Ye mean the piper? Fuckin awful eh?’
    ‘Ha! At least it’s not just me thinks that then!’

    Archie warmed to the guy at that, and they sat in silence for a wee while, wincing at the skipped notes, random tempo changes, and horrific off key skirl the ‘jazz’ piper was all too well known for. Archie leaned forward, staring at the pigeon shit that had just missed Edward VII’s head.

    Soon the piper stopped for a fag. He didn’t usually make it through more than a few tunes without a fag or drinks break. Guts o 20 stone, red hair and face, nivir far fae oota pech. Some Japanese-y looking folk were wanting to take his photo. He graciously obliged. All part of the game that.

    But the peace didn’t last long enough, and soon he was back to murdering another traditional Scots tune.

    Aw fuck no, he’s starting Amazing Grace and ye know what that means. Coup de grace. ‘…saved a wretch like MEEEE!’ Black black humour this. No doubt about it.

    The piper often did a wee march, four steps then turn on the wee plinth. And on one turn he winked at them both sat there. He must have thought they were his fanclub or something cos he always saw one or the other a couple of times a week sitting on that bench by the statue.

    Archie still missed her. Nothing would ever change that. He’d never known what love was until she was gone. And this was the bench they had sat at together that last drunken night before the car crash. Her effervescent green eyes, that lopsided smile which made his heart jump a mile high, and the warmth of a fresh rollie mingled with Ysatis and her vodka coke kiss. Forever means forever; a resilient blue green tattoo.

    RIP Hazel McManus, 15th May 1990.

    • avatar
      Cocoamo | 27 November 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      I don’t know if it’s relevant to the movie or if I’m saying something everyone already knows, but of course on the Kelvin scale, blue IS the warmest color. OK, I’m leaving.

      Your Friend in Pennsylvania
      (Now in Cocoa Beach)

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    Steven Krut | 27 November 2013 at 11:31 am #

    I’m really excited about what you’re going to come up with in the studio with Peter and Tim and now Ian. I am bummed about Marty and I hope he returns for future projects, but I do like that you seem to be back in charge of the band. I remember in the past people would ask you what’s going on with the Church and you would have to say that you didn’t know. This is better, I think, and how it should be. I’m hoping the new album is more of a rocker. U#23 is an atmospheric masterpiece, but it doesn’t rock that much. I wouldn’t mind some Church music with an attitude. 🙂

    • avatar
      Luscious Ghost | 27 November 2013 at 5:08 pm #

      Right On! Exactly. Ditto

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    Brien Comerford | 28 November 2013 at 5:01 am #

    Pink Floyd easily made a great album and a great concert tour without Roger Waters. The Church will easly do the same sans MWP.

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    Jesiah6 | 28 November 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Happy Thanksgiving Steve! Looking forward to the next Church album!

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    silencing the piper wreaks mayhem | 28 November 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    it’s the nates
    of the beginning
    the may day sales
    for payday males

    cos fair is fowl
    so foul is fair
    worth her weight
    in tupperware

    a shallow cheat
    deep down
    more or less
    moved down to move up

    he of the wide forehead
    the isthmus of envy
    mammon’s buff
    kia ora signora
    i have a new adorer
    whose currency
    is faux nouveau
    but nonetheless
    more than the aeonian echoes of sand and cider in my berth

    still some say
    thou art e’en as just a man
    as e’er my conversation coped withal
    but i say
    bulls balls

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    hellbound heart | 28 November 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    looking forward to experiencing the continued evolution of the Church…..
    onward and upward, Steve

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    Kohl Ette | 29 November 2013 at 8:38 am #

    EMOT (even more off topic). The crystalline rush of my mug has started to go. I must buy another somewhere. Therefore, dishwasher proof for up to a year or never ever put something like that in the dishwasher. I discovered. But the glossy patch makes quite a nice motif in lieu of a tattoo. Tattoos on the brain!

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    redgrevillea | 27 December 2013 at 9:07 am #

    This music will resonate powerfully with the emanations of ‘now’. Can’t wait to hear it.

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