posted on July 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm


if you have eyes only to see it

if things added up or went away

if music grew on leaves as if in summer

then summer leaves itself revealing autumn

the bonfires are gone

the vine slack

the line taut disappearing in the murk

the fly buzzing in and out of speakers

paspalum and clothes pegs

the families walk away from the shore

little purple towel hanging on the wire

sunday evening mauves in

the machinery halted in mid dig

new improved hotels half empty

clouds gather round the point of evening

thankful for darkening shadows

we have disappeared into history now

we enter the past via the present

soon time moves apart for us swallows us

it opens up we move forward into some time ago

existing only memory sticks to the sides

you were alone when you came in here

your face hidden in planes of grey

the solid cables groan underwater mooring us all to the floor

hardly anyone about in the dells downtown

in the groves of building and the glades of car

in the schools of helicopters swimming through sky

shall we depart then?

shall we make such preparations and plans?

and all the time the soft mouth and nightbelly

and the discarded shallow pleasure of river

rushing back up

into the mountainous height





20 Responses to “fastened stop”

  1. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 7 July 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    I had it so straight in my head
    after I went to bed
    and again when all the truths return
    during meditative mindless
    daily rituals
    at once contained in brain
    and hanging right there in air
    I go through all that needs to be
    gone through then
    I wait and wait and contemplate
    meanwhile trying
    to do right
    sometimes words, thought and
    feelings collide with you
    so true
    submit quivering a little
    all gone brittle.

  2. avatar
    Michel | 8 July 2013 at 8:05 am #

    All the best for the strings concerts !

    I have just posted a LDCBAF review on the Sea!topic/seance-list/dE0Vec7MKu8

  3. avatar
    Robert Roe | 8 July 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Twisting the stop off

  4. avatar
    Michel | 8 July 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Sorry, my cat has decided to post the comment by walking on “enter”.
    I have just posted a LDCBAF review on the Seance list :!topic/seance-list/dE0Vec7MKu8
    I will put it in TTB review corner if you allow me to do so.
    All the best for the strings concerts !

    • avatar
      Admin | 8 July 2013 at 9:46 am #

      Auch, France, July 7th

      First of all it is great to possess a new Church item. I hope I will get many others in the future, including new albums (oh, God, Buddah, Allah, whoever you are, hear my prayer, amen).

      The cover is nice, though the inner pictures all come from 1980-1988, can’t see one from Gold Afternoon Fix era, maybe a little one up, not very sure. You will recognize some of them : real Seance back cover photo, Starfish promo session photos, more Ploog pictures oh what happened to him then ?

      The video begins with Jay Dee Daugherty playing, not in 1990 but in 2 A.P. (after Ploog). Let’s ask Steve why he decided to begin in 1992 a video about 1990 world tour :

      1) Because it is a jam session, probably one of the first of Priest = Aura. Could be an alternate end to Lustre, Ripple, or a smoother Chaos, I don’t really know but these twelve minutes justify the cost of this video. Yes, remember, just like when you bought Goldfish (Jokes, Magics, Souvenirs & Horrible Sound) VHS back in 1991. There was a sequence in it where Steve was singing a few words from an unknown song then, and it was so beautiful, and you knew you were thrown back in time but you would have to wait three more years before actually listening to the whole song, “Drought”, lost on an extra EP sadly backing a breathless record but let’s go back to Gold Afternoon Fix hopeful era please.

      2) Because this jam session is damn good but I think I have said it before, so go and buy this dvd right now !

      3) Because it is always like this in the Church fashion, everything starts in the future (so said Steve).

      It is a shaky doco, really made in hyperDogmascope, as unstable as Lars Von Trier filming a remake of Titanic. I am not seasick fortunately, but I recommend Domperidone syrup rather than Dom Perignon to sip while watching it.

      If too poor like me you missed The Church on tour in 1990, you had imagined rock stars. This film will show you human beings, a little bit lost across Europe, then a little bit cross and lost in North America.

      They are young and innocent and they mostly don’t understand the meaning of interviews, especially if the word “psychedelic” is used by the journalist, and it is always. They are not better on TV interviews, mainly promoting their shyness.

      Well, are there interesting things in this doco ? Oh yes !

      You will have a lot of live bits you can now call “official bootlegs”, full of Rick & Fender thunders, volcano bass and powerful Jay Dee drumming. “Under The Milky Way” at the end will show you a happysmiling Steve Kilbey face you won’t forget.

      You will appreciate the fine musical taste of passionate Marty and his t-shirts. “Viva young muse Cinema cause she possesses the mystery of dream and allows unreality to become realistic” says his Cocteau one in french.

      You will learn how patient Peter, Jay Dee, the tour manager and the roadies can be, facing unceasing filming by child Steve !

      You will watch the balance in Boston and have the unique pleasure to see Steve playing “She Counts Up The Days”.

      You will hear three instrumentals from the past, three tracks ending three different albums, After Image, Afterlife, and…Film. They fit very well with this road movie, like musical shock absorbers.

      And speaking of Afterlife, the girl in a wheelchair is right, telling Steve she has got ten Church albums, while he replies “we’ve only made seven”. She had bought Of Skins & Hearts, Blurred Crusade, Seance, Remote Luxury, Persia, Heyday, Hindsight, Starfish, A Quick Smoke At Spot’s & Gold Afternoon Fix. And I am forgetting Sing-Songs, which makes eleven records, twelve if you split in two Remote Luxury !

      You will notice an old woman getting out of her house somewhere in America and it will make you shiver (it made me shiver !) but I can’t tell you the reason why. Watch the document and you will discover another Steve Kilbey mystery, surprise, surprise !

      As a conclusion, I will say that it is a bad film, closing Steve Kilbey’s career as a director, though I hope he has more material from the Priest=Aura sessions…

      But it is a perfect document about a band, proud of its past but uncertain of its future. Future Past Perfect, hey, it seems that my prayer has been heard : The Enmore Theatre concert is coming, hurrah !


      Nick Peters
      6:07 AM (1 hour ago)

      Thanks for the review Michel, but I’m confused how a band in their mid 30s with several years of promotional duties under their belts could be described as “young and innocent”.

      hey this nick peters guy is so concerned about this fucking DVD. why doesnt he just shell out the $ and watch it?

      • avatar
        oyoy | 8 July 2013 at 8:25 pm #

        Perhaps he meant you were not full of yourselves, and retained the innocence mostly associated with being new in the industry. You didn’t know how good you really were! It is nice to see that arrogance has not grown within you as you developed your art.
        I have watched the old interviews and you were all rather “childlike” in a sense, and didn’t look uncomfortable, were blatantly honest (apparently) and just answered the questions as you were asked. You were just the kids from school who made a band and wrote good music.
        Is that not who every mega super star is? All started with a 5 year old kid at kindy……

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 9 July 2013 at 7:06 am #

          Hmmm, I dunno. Kids from school? Was SK not 27 when the 1st Church album came out? New to the industry? Was GAF not 10 years after the 1st Church album? It must be something else other than these, I reckon.

          • avatar
            oyoy | 12 July 2013 at 7:24 pm #

            Anon, I didnt mean they were kids from school, but inferred that is where they came from. They were not new to the industry, if you read what I said it indicated they retained the innocence of newbies… GAF is actually one of me fav all time albums – love it!

      • avatar
        Jeffrey Von Stetten | 14 July 2013 at 5:06 am #

        awesome you posted this on my birthday! As if it could be any cooler already! Thanks!

  5. avatar
    Polaris | 8 July 2013 at 8:32 am #


  6. avatar
    Polaris | 8 July 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Transpired to 🙁

  7. avatar
    hellbound heart | 8 July 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    I finally found some quiet time to watch Long Distance Century…..impression I got was of the woozily frantic pace of things at the time….wouldn’t have to be under the influence of anything not to recall everything as a blur….lord, how did you do it??
    Also, some kick-ass music….
    love always

    • avatar
      Admin | 9 July 2013 at 1:21 am #

      did you like it tho?

      • avatar
        hellbound heart | 9 July 2013 at 8:24 pm #

        Oh yes indeedy…..some of the camera work made me feel like I was riding a roller coaster…..whoooo!!!!!

  8. avatar
    Polaris | 8 July 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    Ah yes – some laffs made me frown turnip see-down – 😀

  9. avatar
    tom | 9 July 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Hey Steve. I love reading your stream of consciousness work on this site. Thank you.

    I also love all the crooning on the KK albums. I really do.

    I miss the church. I miss that weird undefinable sound that the church creates. It’s hard to explain until you hear it, but then you know. I need that weird meat and potatoes stuff from the best band ever. You are obviously cresting creatively at this time in your life. U23 was one hell of a record. I can only imagine that the next one would be amazing too. I know there are some hurdles that you gotta get through but please consider us church junkies out here dying of starvation. Either way I still love ya steve. Thanks for listening.

    • avatar
      Admin | 12 July 2013 at 4:46 pm #

      im trying!

      • avatar
        tom | 13 July 2013 at 7:43 pm #

        That is great news!

        and of course you must go over hurdles and not through them. This is probably why I was no good at track!!

        oh and I just love isidore – both records. the maymi project too. great stuff! keep kickin’ ass!

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 July 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    and children with smiles and families and then there’s a float… cool and refreshing… “please,” they ask of the father and even when done it remains always from the past as an only question asked to remember a day from a child’s own past: rootbeer or orange? and the foam stays tinted in choice – back into future – remembered at last.

  11. avatar
    Jeffrey Von Stetten | 14 July 2013 at 5:15 am #

    I think if you guys just keep jamming and welcome the momentum of great jams that everyone will be incredibly happy. You’re all much wiser now, and can enjoy all the perks, with the knowledge of what to avoid more easily. Really look at what did well and ask your selves why it did maybe. Perhaps the most unexpected thing possible would be a clinical look at what really worked for you, and a refined powerful masterpiece that can come from it when the variables are identified? Who knows, never a bad song yet. Just go with it 🙂

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