posted on February 28, 2011 at 6:26 am

perry scope

bondi oh the weather is warm

night arrives

the cars all leave

the ghosts in the house whisper

there they are but you missed em

coincidences on top of serendipity

things get wild outside

i am out here naked in the dimming light

morning straight into evening

evening straight into morning

my daughters :

aurora :  a brilliant mind and a somewhat guarded heart

her blonde hair turning dark

her olive skin

her piercing brown eyes

she sees she remembers she appraises

eve :

soft feminine intuitive forgiving

her hair like a tangle of dryad roots

her already voluptuous figure

her trusting green eyes

her gorgeous husky voice when she sings

scarlet :

the wild card

beautiful angry difficult overflowing with love

strong and sturdy

her broad forehead bulging with brains

her sky blue eyes which search souls…..

the tour is over

some say we are the best band in the world these days

peter : the master musician

thoroughly understanding music on every level

wonderful melodious versatile original

marty : the guitar hero

passionate dedicated fiery intuitive

the ying to peters yang

tim : the deep foundation

powerful incessant steady subtle

drumming singing steering the show

me : the joker

the bass guitar

the words

the voice

we have a made a great leap forward somehow

miraculously after 30 years still blossoming and blooming

fucking nailing it….eh?!

we embrace so many contradictions

we slay our audiences now

we walk on and we let em have it

3 hours of poignant sound bound to make you smile and cry

let me tell you we use only the very finest ingredients

and we add boy wonder craig wilson into the blend

imagine a geezer so precociously talented

that he can just jump into any church song on any instrument

and replicate it authentically

there is only one other i have seen do that

and that was ricky maymi

i myself would never be capable of this kind of musicianship

and instead of growing dull and safe and insipid

the church still yearning for the thrill

oh believe me its a thrill

to lock down like a machine

the church is a rolls royce

you cant feel how fast you are really going

you are enveloped in a lush cushioned ride

our machine is inexorable and precise

for various reasons we have arrived here

we had the raw talent to start with

we stuck to our guns

we learned to ride the popularity curve

becoming neither too despondent or too cocky

we went away from each other

we gathered many new abilties

we became minstrels teachers producers painters

we are harsh on ourselves

fuck yes we have high standards for what we will let pass

and while not yet quite in old age

we have a deep experience of playing

master craftsmen working in rock n roll

playing u23 i myself began to realise what a great record

priest = aura what can you say?

in some parallel universe where everyone has 50 extra IQ points

priest is considered a classic by all

sorry folks the church isnt all inchoate musical feeling

the lyrics on this album ….

for fucks sake who could write this stuff but me…..?

i stand there singing the disillusionist

marvelling at the venomous ferocity  i hurl at myself

i take in all other lyricists and i spit out kilbey

look i got it all in there didnt i?

and then straight away changing into old flame

the tenderest shortest sweetest  song in the language of love

my fucked up brilliant mind

wanted to incorporate it all

i had a good try

my lyrics are ambitious

i take inspiration from the greatest writers from all places n times

i love the book of genesis and chuck berry

i love all great artistic movements

i am of impressionism automatic writing surrealism

ambiguity collective unconscious drugs dreams drama

shakespeare strindberg marvel super heroes whatever it is

all of it

our complete history

every glorious or sordid moment

every weird wonderful cerebral sexual transcendent thing

puzzles dilemmas mazes phrases proverbs lies

big words because i write for MY audience

and they are mostly educated intelligent people

and they demand something worthwhile in their music

and the church provides something worthwhile

i guess

more to come…..



85 Responses to “fine fracture”

  1. avatar
    diane | 28 February 2011 at 7:23 am #

    so, so happy to read your post today sk. john and i are still in disbelief that the church played this amazing u.s. tour and that we were not able to be part of it. wonderful, however, to experience the vicarious thrill through the reviews of fellow fans. congrats and welcome home.
    p.s. please, please, please visit colorado next time (if you can)

  2. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 28 February 2011 at 7:23 am #

    Finally, you concede your brilliance and the brilliance of The Church. A Higher Power gave you a gift and you guys have actualized it!!!!!! Better than Radiohead. The Church is in the same luminous pantheon as the Beatles (1966-1970) and Pink Floyd (More, Meddle, Obscured By Clouds, Dark Side Of The Moon era.)

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    queenhatshepsut | 28 February 2011 at 7:28 am #

    I think that sums it up quite nicely, Steven.
    Nothing more to be said.
    Denise xxoo

  4. avatar
    Once | 28 February 2011 at 7:46 am #


    In a booth in the back
    My friend and I
    Stone cold not stoned sober
    Iced tea innocuous the sugar won’t dissolve
    The lemon hit me in the eye
    Olive or onion?
    Shaken or stirred?
    I’m shaking and stirred
    And I pick at my eggplant
    And my friend makes me laugh
    And for a second I forget the winelist
    For this is the place, you know
    Yeah, the scene of the crime
    10 months past when the wine soaked sadness
    Hit the road and got caught
    We both did
    Not so much the curse
    That we’ve been lead to believe
    Somewhere, an eye simply opened
    And the afternoon light drifts in
    And I can see clearly now even though it’s gonna rain
    And inside I’m lighter than the day
    Want the rest of the salad, I ask
    She shrugs it off, we’re full, if not satisfied
    But that’s the fun of it, you see
    That lingering emptiness is fertile ground
    When I breathe I can feel it
    Brand new burn for the yearn
    I’m stunned as we cross the parking lot
    Never left here without a shroud.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 3 March 2011 at 3:44 am #

      just a thought… I bartended in a bowling alley (league bowlers — great and I mean really great tips! so nobody laugh please…) through most of college — it gave me my weekends off; though, I was always deprived of much sleep during the school week — anyway, when customers would order Gibsons I would always have to talk them into Martinis, which they would let me and still be polite/nice about it (thank you guys!) only because I had always already eaten all of those little cocktail onions. Oops!

  5. avatar
    keith23 | 28 February 2011 at 8:04 am #

    I’m glad that you’re older than me it makes me feel…. well you know how it makes me feel.

    love k23

  6. avatar
    mattyc | 28 February 2011 at 8:27 am #

    yes, The Church inspires us, rocks us, makes us dance, we do laugh, we do cry, we do think, but more… it reaches deep to a primordial place and helps satiate our hunger for truth and beauty, and to a weary traveler, it’s great to have you along for the ride.

  7. avatar
    Richard | 28 February 2011 at 8:27 am #

    I have a lot of feelings about the church
    one of the main ones is pride
    the conviction that I am onto something truly special
    and the belief that it somehow reflects back on who I am
    just like a proud father
    I quietly contrive ways to get you noticed
    to share with the unknowing
    the magic in what you do
    and how it makes me feel

  8. avatar
    princey | 28 February 2011 at 9:03 am #

    That’s right, The Church ARE the best band on earth and Priest=Aura one of the best albums! Looking forward to the Opera House show, not too long now 🙂

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    Jason (jmb066) | 28 February 2011 at 9:17 am #


    First of all welcome home, hope you and your daughters are spending some quality time together. I have 4 kids myself and it always amazes me how different they are yet similar to my wife and I in so many ways.

    As far as your music and that of The Church you should be really proud of what you and the band have accomplished all these years. I had an intersting conversation with Marty after the Chicago show about other bands besides The Church that I listen to. I have heard and listened to a lot of different bands and artist. I grew up on the 80’s alternative scene like a lot of your fans probably did. My dad introduced me to Springsteen, Seger, Van Morrison, Led Zepplin and The Doors. My step dad introduced me to the Beatles, Stones, Pink Floyd and The Who. So when I first started seeking out my own thing those bands were in the back ground as influnces or sounds that I enjoyed up until I was about 15. Then I discovered The Cure, from there New Order, The Smiths and Bauhaus/Love and Rockets. Something was missing though. When I first heard Under The Milky Way for the first time I finally found what I was looking for and keep looking/listening for it to happen again and no other band has really come close. Now I have enjoyed some other things along the way, The Verve, Spiritulaized, Tindersticks, and The House Of Love probably the closest thing to The Church so far. At the end of the day and as I told Marty I always listen to The Church and solo/side projects more than anything else. Irs like 98% The Church and Solo 2% everything else. Since I bought the cassette of Starfish and then all of the early albums, then I was into vinyl so everything had to be replaced on vinyl. Then CD’s, some downloads and now back to CD’s remastered of course.

    My point is, and yes it took me awhile to get here is that you and The Church are music to me, you have been criminally overlooked and I will continue to follow you and the band on my journey through life. Your words and music have always been there for me during my highest highs and lowest lows. Worthwhile is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Looking forward to much more to come, Thank You so much for the last tour and all that you have done for music.

    Happy your home,


    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 28 February 2011 at 12:34 pm #

      Great comment, wow… I embarked on nearly the same music journey, mine veered off course to punk and speed metal, I played in bands and fell hard for the guitarists of that generation because in those days they played at small venues (The Cabaret Metro, the church first ever Chicago show- 1984).

      I was just feet away from Mustaine, Criss Olivia, Scott Ian, Vanderhoof, Hanneman and King,and of course Skolnick (R.I.P Mister Randy Rhoads). I was young, impressionable, and shredding it up on the frets. Yeah…still can, but you know what…it all slowed down for me I began to listen more and felt the structure and emotion that engulfed the guitarists that I once chuckled at because if you couldn’t play fast…hell…you couldn’t play. I was wrong, way wrong. I still appreciate that era of ‘metal’ because they were/are the pioneers of that musical culture and I had a front row seat.

      My point is, I was along from the beginning for the ride, the whole ride. Thru the glory and the lean years. I am so impressed with your current list that I can only ask you to give Dispatch a listen. Songs such as ‘The General…Passer-By…Time Served…Even…Mayday…Silent Steeples…Lightning and so on. Yes, to some, the music may be simplistic…but thats not what this band is about…it is in the songs emotions. The words, the stories, it is why they are America’s best kept secret. Well, not now with their huge summer tour selling out super large venues…on a reunion tour dedicated to raising money for education. Three homegrown boys from the east coast, fighting the establishment from day one-never compromising, and coming out on top, and thankfully, back together again.

      Darrin K.

      • avatar
        Jason (jmb066) | 1 March 2011 at 5:53 am #

        Thanks Darrin, you have mentioned Dispatch a few times and I will seek them out. I think I sometimes forget how many fans are here becuase of the guitar sounds the band creates. My connection was Steve’s lyrics and the dream state or surrealism of the music. The way it pulls you in, most people who I play The Church never get past the surface. The music they create is so deep and so sophisticated compared to whats out there they are incredibly overlooked. Most of the time I love the fact that they make music just for me and not everyone is aware of this beautiful place just for me and a few like minded fans. Yet I wish they did get the recogntion they deserved and more people would open their ears to this music. I never got into speed metal but I have heard some of the names you have mentioned above. Just simply hearing and learning about music in general I have learned that Peter and Marty are truly gifted guitarist.

        It has been said before it truly is the Sum Of Parts for this band, I do have and enjoy most of their solo work but its nothing like when they all play together.



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          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 1 March 2011 at 8:27 am #

          Thats great…An easy way to ‘search them out’ is YouTube, whereas you can hear the songs that I listed above (which is important, especially “The General” – gotta start there !!!. Or if youd like we can communicate outside of this blog by email and I can gather up some stuff for ya. I have befriended ‘jonny hollwood’ , ‘once’ and of course my close friend Ben (stealthblue from my home city-hell… we actually met at a Church show in 2006 at the Park West) thru Steve’s World, and they can easily say that I’m not all that strange, maybe just a bit (Ben would differ and say I’m way out there and my son Alex is more normal…LOL )

          I have just got into ‘House of Love’ per my friend Ben, and the both of you are spot on…solid band.

          Darrin K.

  10. avatar
    captain mission | 28 February 2011 at 9:19 am #

    and that is THE Truth 🙂

  11. avatar
    andy | 28 February 2011 at 9:22 am #

    so much to be proud of……
    the music biz is now so fucked-up and full of shallow pap.
    you and the druids have bucked the trend for so long now.
    an amazing labour of love at great personal loss.
    you are true rock ‘n roll heroes…taking the form further than anyone ever has before.

    god only knows what i’d be without you.

  12. avatar
    thechowman | 28 February 2011 at 9:37 am #

    Just gotta say thanks again for coming to the States and presenting such an amazing show. Don’t know how you guys had the energy to rip through 3 entire albums of truly great classics, many of which you had never played live. I talked to a guy before the Atlanta show who was a casual Church fan, but by the time I talked to him during the 2nd intermission he was so blown away by the performance that he was buying the CDs and had become a true convert. I picked up your ‘White Magic’ CD and loved it from the first listen. Great stuff…anyone reading this should check it out.
    Take care, thanks again, and hope to see you guys again on the next tour…

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      Narelle | 28 February 2011 at 5:05 pm #

      Seems you’re not alone…White Magic was the 2nd best seller last week on Redeye Records internet site (thats a Sydney music shop). Also, GB3/Steve Kilbey, Damaged/Controlled received a great review in Drum Media recently…even though its been around for a while. The writer has recommended that it is a CD to listen to in its entirety…..not sure how else one would listen to a CD…anyway, I also recommend a it!!

  13. avatar
    Patrick | 28 February 2011 at 10:18 am #

    That pic looks like you are living Close Encounters…

  14. avatar
    Thrash | 28 February 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Keep it going Steve. – there is nobody that puts on a better show than you guys!! I let my 6 year old listen to Priest=Aura, to which he simply said “awesome”…

  15. avatar
    Ansible Jon | 28 February 2011 at 10:45 am #

    The Church: ah, yes, someday in the moderately distant future, they will sit in their hallowed halls of higher learning and study The Works of The Church.
    And my only regret is that I may not live long enough to see that day and earn a Masters, nay Doctorate degree in Kilbeyism.

  16. avatar
    . | 28 February 2011 at 10:52 am #

    i think most church fans crave nothing more than just another album to listen to, it lends them a portion of the renewable energy you and the church have come to rule, a sonic and lyrical escape into the far blue,
    yonder where the clouds don’t mind if you cry, when time stands still the moment before you die, rapid eye movement transports you away from the lie, that is the mundane and trivial parts of life, don’t be too surprised when you’re back again, tapping your feet to the beat of the drummer tim, swaying with the crescendo, marty leans down and in, contemplating the notes while peter fine tunes the feeling, watching in awe while steve weaves his magic and invites you in, the world of the church, a unique place to be, for you, for them, for everyone, especially for me, peace be
    upon them, family, and posterity

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Great blog shame it ended i was enjoying it

  18. avatar
    lloyd | 28 February 2011 at 11:19 am #

    sk the tour was a triumph on so many levels! it gathered steam as it rolled on and the band showed so many that the church are arguably at one of their highest peaks in a long career. it’s been a long road to get here. though genius is often misunderstood, it can never be denied. this tour was my fave out of the many i’ve had the pleasure to be a part of!

  19. avatar
    Anakki Mayhem | 28 February 2011 at 11:37 am #

    brilliant blog! i have always known The Church is by far the best band in the world ever & i really can’t wait for the pleasure that will be the Opera House show!!!

  20. avatar
    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 28 February 2011 at 11:39 am #

    Yes !!! Yes !!! Yes !!!

    The greatest band on this planet, the best songwriter of my generation (I’m mid 40’s), the best musicians who have empowered each other to grasp their full potential (I love you guys- Tim, Peter, Marty, and Steve).

    Yes !!! Yes !!! Yes !!!

    That tour was incredible, and just within a year of the 30th Intimate Tour (which was so classic…renditions of the greatest songs remade for a new generation and unique versions). And when that poore excuse of a DJ walked out onto the Park West stage and bragged about the WXRT sponsored “Gold Afternoon Fix Tour” -June 23, 1990 at the Navy Pier Ballroom and asked to see a show of hands of who attended…mine was straight up and standing in applause before you guys even hit the stage. And this past 02/11/2011 was my 14th show, yeah !!! 14 !!! And that was your best concert ever. The energy, the skill, the greatest band in the world… U23 – P=A – Starfish !!!
    Now if I can only get this fuckin time machine to work, I got couple things I need to fix up in the past and then its yours to trip you guys backwards and add 20+ years onto those careers. This current generation needs to experience The Church, because to be honest…their music truly SUCKS !!!

    So…climb in that time machine of the mind, kick those past managers,past record label executives, and marketing clowns smack in their arses…CLAIM WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY YOURS !!!! THE ENTIRE MUSIC UNIVERSE !!!
    The greatest band in the world…now, than, and forever !!! Hell YA !!!

    Damn Flux capacitor…

    Darrin K.

  21. avatar
    Shoffy | 28 February 2011 at 12:26 pm #


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    P=C=A | 28 February 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    I was driving down from Greenville and thinking about lastingness — a show like that makes you think like that — and I think now, after Atlanta, that I know what a gift is, and I know I keep finding it again and again in this music, and will always find myself somewhere there, a new me all the time in the old me, and for that I wish I could say more than thank you.

  23. avatar
    Rich | 28 February 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Thank you SK for sharing your three masterpieces with us in their glorious entirety. I was practically blind for the NYC show having had laser eye surgery the day before so all I saw was a hazy blur onstage but damn were you guys ON that night at the Highline Ballroom. My fifth Church concert since 2004 and the best one I have NEVER SEEN!

    PLEASE tell me that The Church captured at least ONE of these great shows for some sort of release? With all of the olympian efforts you four put into each show it would be a sin to have them only exist in our memories and some shaky YouTube camera captures.

    Peace, renaissance man!

  24. avatar
    Cocoamo | 28 February 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    Yes indeed, we also have very high standards
    Which is why we love you all so very much and on so many levels
    The Disillusionist – sheer brilliance and the epidome of originality
    Old Flame – reminds me of San Seans Aquarium – absolute perfection.

    We are glad to hear your reflections of admiration and gratitude for the wonderful people in your life.

    We have felt for some time that gratitude is the closest thing to prayer one’s mind can generate and a very healing emotion.

    And, how grateful are we to be alive as a contemporary to you – to have the thrill of not only enjoying your music, but being allowed to see into your soul.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania
    (Now in Cocoa Beach)

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      Cocoamo | 1 March 2011 at 12:01 am #

      Arghh… It’s epitome. I feel so stupid when I send something with misspelled words.

      You are the epitome to me (get it, ha ha)

    • avatar
      Lisa | 1 March 2011 at 2:04 pm #

      Beautifully said Cocoamo!

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    Anonymous | 28 February 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    it’s (also) like listening to beauty in blues with outlines in wine and greens with brilliant pale yellow light… (and a peach tint too) and closing your eyes, you have a Mary Cassatt. i hear her paintings a lot in your work.

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    jerryj | 28 February 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    What amazes me about you and The Church, is that your creative well has not run dry after 3 decades, but continues to flow in spades. The music is fresh, profound, transcendent. So many bands just… out of energy and and steam and ideas; becoming flaccid, irrelevant, a spent force …..sad shells of their former selves. The Church is simply the best band extant. Still exploring. Still vital. The past works stand the test of time, the new music engages the senses, has emotional pull and stimulates the mind.

    Priest = Aura………a Masterwork. Cherished.


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    Crasher | 28 February 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    Agree with all these highly intelligent bloggees.This posting of yours has to be a contender for the “Blottys” (Blog Of The Year Awards).Still hoping to see the beauty and the beast of the Church in Melbourne this year.But beware…Football madness (Aussie Rules style) is upon us.

  28. avatar
    homer | 28 February 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Looking ahead it would be great if you guys would release another jam cd along with the next album when ever that should turn up. Was listening to Particles Matter again last night – amazing.

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    Anonymous | 28 February 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    thanks sk – that posting gives me everything i need to continue on the crusade (sorry) of enlightening all and sundry to the wonders of the church – quite staggering really the number of music-lovers that are so unaware of where the band is at these days and so those words provide a great synopsis

    and…anything planned re live recordings from the tour? a dvd maybe? how about a book/box set anthology of the first 30 years, a church ipod of the same? surely a live dvd from the opera house show? churn ’em out – there’s a hungry and growing mob wanting to be fed and a house in vaucluse with your name on it

    welcome home

    • avatar
      esne snoner | 28 February 2011 at 8:13 pm #

      ah oops – a blank name = anonymous – sorry ’bout that

  30. avatar
    Andreas | 28 February 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    This time I won’t comment. I have nothing to add here. Today’s blog expresses EXACTLY what I think. Period.


    PS More to come? I’ll be there.

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    I’m ashamed to say that I flew from Sydney to see the New York shows….I spent more time travelling than in NY but it was worth it… Anyone know a good shrink?

    • avatar
      esne snoner | 28 February 2011 at 8:12 pm #

      nothing to be ashamed about – i contemplated that but $ against the idea – april 10 at the opera house is a fine consolation and talk of past future perfect coming to aus – state theatre i reckon would do it nicely

    • avatar
      Once | 28 February 2011 at 11:14 pm #

      No way! Really? That is EPIC!

      I’d kill to see the Opera House show…well, not kill, exactly. Maybe just wound. That’s gonna be one of those experiences that you get once in life, and remember forever…


    • avatar
      Jonny Hollywood | 1 March 2011 at 3:43 am #

      I know a shrinky dink…lol

    • avatar
      Heather daydream | 2 March 2011 at 12:55 am #

      Anyone who would do that is a champion in my book – no shrink needed

  32. avatar
    BigSmilesKate | 28 February 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    Welcome home SK (insert hugs here)! Yes, good blog – The Church is IT for me, though I do have several other interests The Church et al is what sustains me. It is my musical core and SK the bass heartbeat. Happy reunion to you and the Kilbey girls it must feel a little more like home again being together.

    See you at the Opera House!

    Big smiles

  33. avatar
    12str | 28 February 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    The Church is in a league of it´s own, both musically and artisticly, and man…the lyrics are just fenomenal, but totally impossible to translate into another language (Swedish doesnt have the variety of words to make the lyrics justice!And I guess i dont have the ability and/or the right litterary references to translate it anyway! I have tried for 2 years ;)!)Anyway, i will try to spread the gospel by playing a variety of Church songs with my Acoustic Duo and I look forward to the next album(s)with great expectations!
    For what is worth I also hope that your personal issues will turn out in the right way (not that is any of my business, but anyway!)
    ha det bäst!

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    Hear hear! Having seen just about every Victorian one since 1989, I can confirm that your shows have never been better.

    Meanwhile, you need to know that there’s a man in Geelong who can fix your tinnitus (and possibly quite a few other things too). You could be here and gone in a day (or maybe two days with a quick acoustic gig somewhere in our funny little town…) on a cheap flight from Sydnerry to Avalon (which is a 20 minute cab ride from Geelong). His name is Andrew Oosterlaan and his phone number is (03) 5245 7373. There are people who simply do not lie who have been cured by him, one of whom has suffered from debilitating tinnitus for ten years.

    Just thought you could do with one less scarification in your life…

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    Wilfred Paradise | 28 February 2011 at 10:47 pm #

    SK – you’re on the money. Smug is impossible at this point. Just honesty. You’re right on the money, this fan’s viewpoint. Keep rolling onward. States will always welcome you back. W Paradise

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    pernath | 28 February 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    i remember that night… about keeping things sustainable, about crowds n the dwindle.
    and now we see that rolls royce speeding…and i’m seriously happy for you all.
    or we don’t see it…at least not over here…
    would be great if you get those 3 of my fave albums over here. waiting for those kings to come.
    in the meantime, i’m feeding myself with bad yootoop clips.

    constantly amazed

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    matthew | 28 February 2011 at 11:30 pm #

    I loved the individual portrait summaries of daughters and band compadres.
    Welcome home Steve.

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      Lisa | 1 March 2011 at 2:13 pm #

      I loved it too – How many father’s can express and know their daughters in such a way? Beautiful Steve!

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    farmboy | 1 March 2011 at 12:15 am #

    Thanks for a great tour and a nice recap of why we are here. Relishing the past, enjoying the present and looking forward to the future. Welcome home!

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    Donna | 1 March 2011 at 1:28 am #

    Yes, it was an amazing tour. I enjoyed reading today’s post for a number of reasons, but mostly because you seem satisfied with where things are at with the band.

    Over the year I’ve been reading your blog, you have struggled with doubt and regret(like all of us). You have remained uncompromising when it comes to your work, though, which is more than many artists can say, and it is definitely paying off!!

    I like how you say MY audience. It makes me feel good that you don’t feel like you’ve got to somehow please the masses, but that you appreciate the audience you have right now – which seems to be growing larger by the day, anyway.

    Lotsa love to you and your girls…Donna

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    Michelle Tackabery | 1 March 2011 at 1:34 am #

    Yes for all those reasons yes. In Atlanta last week I sat transfixed in ecstasy completely unaware of any physical complaint or even feeling my feet on the floor the whole show, only beginning to notice my blood pumping and lungs breathing when the house lights came up. And then I would reflect on everything in a rather stunned fashion, and check with Robin to make sure his arms were holding up and he wasn’t collapsed in pain behind the soundboard, moaning. But he made it, always telling me, “the next set will be even better,” and of course he was right and then it was midnight and it was time to go back out into the quieter, less reflective world where I now walk with a renewed, awakened heart.

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    Aida Morgan | 1 March 2011 at 3:22 am #

    As if I didn’t already have tremendous respect and admiration for you – reading about how you feel about us, your audience, has left me extremely humbled. I am in awe.

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    Jonny Hollywood | 1 March 2011 at 3:41 am #

    and the church provides something worthwhile, come on SK the church has always provided since its inception, I still remember buying my first church record at northern lights record store which was right around the corner from first avenue/7th street entry in downtown minneapolis, the year was 1982 and the record was the church with the angel statue breaking apart down the steps, it was the record cover that drew me to the church not the music but when I put the record on I was bitten by the unguarded moment 🙂

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 1 March 2011 at 8:34 am #

      Read ‘shatterday’ again. I haven’t heard from you for a bit. I was checkin in to see how Mr Hollywood was doing. Drop me an email to get me up to speed how your ‘winter weather’ has been. I remember in past blogs you mentioned a reunion of sort…and than left me/us…hangin. How did that go?

      Let me know brother…

      Darrin K.

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      Lisa | 1 March 2011 at 1:59 pm #

      Northern Lights, ah yes, the grandest of them all! Well Let It Be, Oarfolkjokapus (sp?), and Positively 4th Street weren’t too shabby either. Electric Fetus, Cheapo, and Treehouse are the mainstays now. I used to buy albums based on cover art as well 😉

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    Steven Krut | 1 March 2011 at 3:49 am #

    Yeah, the show was fantastic in Atlanta. Everyone in the packed Variety Playhouse had a great time. So cool that more people are being drawn to The Church. I’m not a believer that any one artist is the best in their area, but, man, you guys are definitely up there in the stratosphere!

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    davem | 1 March 2011 at 4:11 am #

    It’s one of the great joys of my life to have been following you for so many years. You’ve brought me so much pleasure.
    Thank-you Sir.

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    Will Baucom | 1 March 2011 at 4:48 am #

    … Well Hell yes you do!

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    Gavgams | 1 March 2011 at 5:23 am #

    Give me “lush cushioned ride” any day

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    Ellen | 1 March 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    Yes, the Church DEFINITELY provides something “worthwhile.”

    Thanks, Steve, for staying true to music and art. It is greatly appreciated by your fans.

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    Jonathan Andrews | 1 March 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    What value can another “YES YES YES” add? None, I am sure but I do this just in case. The Chicago show created images in my head and have helped me enjoy other artist’s music more. I am more inspired and more energetic in life. My life has been changed.

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    Halina | 1 March 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Steve’s doppelganger!
    Just had to send this in-was listening to Metro’s Criminal World (covered by Bowie on Lets Dance) which led to this discovery..remind you of anyone?
    Even some of the lyrics- love this one “she said tonight you better pull yourself together, because tonight Im gonna tear myself apart” 🙂

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      thetimebeing | 1 March 2011 at 2:42 pm #

      youve mixed up wild places with criminal world
      wild places was by duncan browne who was in metro
      at any rate well spotted
      i love these records

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        Halina | 1 March 2011 at 3:32 pm #

        sorry, meant I found the link to wild places through watching criminal world on youtube..wasn’t clear. Couldn’t mix them up-love them as well, particularly criminal world-love how decadent it sounds compared to Bowies version (which I never got even though Im a big fan), always wondered why he recorded it, now I know (mind you after lets dance, sadly, I often wondered why?)

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    Kraig | 1 March 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Your music transends the soul, deeper than this, but ever hangs on to that never ending hook, waiting for another thirst quenching day! Where were you hiding at the shows such as Chicago? Marty and Tim were out and about with the fans after the masses left? Maybe waiting for some karmic hit while you split? Were you at home dreaming of dreams or sipping silver streams? Keeping that line of mystery with your fans seems clearer, but floating with your fans draws you more nearer. Let me just say man, I’m more cheerier! Good show, essay, i mean SK!


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    Anonymous | 1 March 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    “I love all great artistic movements

    i am of impressionism automatic writing surrealism

    ambiguity collective unconscious drugs dreams drama

    shakespeare strindberg marvel super heroes whatever it is

    all of it”

    can see that ( most of the time) and duly appreciated…

    well dun carry on

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    Karen | 1 March 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    woops forgot to log in again…
    anyway duly appreciated ^^

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    hellbound heart | 1 March 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    yep…..I like to think of myself as intelligent, and yep, I am educated…..I don’t have the time or the patience to wade through the ocean of crap that washes through the music shops……..why settle for mediocre when I can experience pure a grade magic? i agree with Andy…god knows where i’d be without you and your music…..
    definitely sounds like the magic’a carried on in your daughters……
    love always……..

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    Ingrid | 1 March 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Welcome home SK. I love this blog. The Church are the best band in the world, for me they always have been and always will be.

    A completely spellbinding mix of compelling lyrics and music combine to make the dynamic that is The Church the truly amazing, unique band that they are – There is simply no better band as far as I am concerned. You are a RARE GEM.

    And no one on the planet can write lyrics like you can SK.


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    mark griffith | 2 March 2011 at 1:19 am #

    yeah…that about sums it up…
    take care

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    Mike-sf | 2 March 2011 at 2:53 am #

    For me the thrill of seeing P = A live was a chance to experience an earlier era of the band. And it was indeed fabulous. I love the new music the best though Steve… I think the Band’s best decade so far is the most recent one. Ionian Blues is in my head right now…

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    volcano king | 2 March 2011 at 5:05 am #

    The Church and Radiohead are the best consistent rock and roll bands on the planet right now in my opinion. The Church will never crap out. Thanks for keeping it awesome. my favorite church albums are from the last decade 2000’s. I am so sorry i missed the show in Massachussetts, my own band was playing a show that night that had been booked for awhile and I had to be there. I would have much rather spent it listening to you guys play untitled, priest and starfish in there intirety. that is a dream concert that i wish i didn’t have to miss.

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    Mike-sf | 2 March 2011 at 7:39 am #

    BTW I picked up the remastered P=A at the SF show. It really sounds fabulous compared to the original if you’ve got a good system or good cans. I recommend it to any readers here if you don’t have it it’s worth it over the original.

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    Michael | 2 March 2011 at 10:47 am #

    I caught the first show at the El Rey in Los Angeles. I’ve seen every Church show here in california since you and Marty toured acoustically back in ’94. This show was by far the best. Oh what a thrill it was to hear P=A in all of its glory. I personally didn’t know how you guys were able to replicate that album live. Very nice of you to heap praise on young Craig Wilson. What a great musician he is and even a nicer fellow. I look forward to the latest and greatest creation yet to come our way. Cheers Killer !!

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    bionicanna | 2 March 2011 at 11:47 am #

    “miraculously after 30 years still blossoming and blooming
    fucking nailing it….eh?!
    we embrace so many contradictions
    we slay our audiences now
    we walk on and we let em have it”

    yes! can’t wait to see what’s next!

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    Halina | 2 March 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    Well it’s kind of related..
    I’ve now TOTALLY fallen in love with Duncan Browne’s ‘wild places’, (posted link y’day for those scratching their heads). Sat an exam today with it playing (in my head)the whole time-it happily carried me through the experience as I sailed away on its chorus..:). Problem is DB and SK have merged in my mind-it’s like my unconscious belief is that there is no Duncan Browne..Wild places is SK-v strange..Have to listen to more Metro I suppose..
    BTW, love yr music as well, always ageless..

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    Grant | 2 March 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    The Church has long been my favorite band, but this most recent tour has made me fall in love with you all over again. I hope you are inspired to keep writing and performing music for many years to come. I love each era of Church music, and I think your newest work is just as good as your music from any other of your last 30 years … except perhaps for P=A. I don’t know how anyone could ever make a recording as good as that twice.

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    brian ison | 2 March 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    You deliver man. your music/ artistry is like no other and then it capture s something familiar.can’t quitethe finger on you ever wake up from a sleep and flesh something out musically lyrically poetically?

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    mark | 4 March 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    Remember the first time hearing p=a and thinking, apart from ripple, this is not a pop record. This is something else, this is poetry, this is not what the people expect. Remember listening to p=a when i first moved out of home, living in prahran, one late friday night, smoking cigarettes (sorry steve) and looking out onto the glittering skyline, broke and alone, and thinking wow, this is life, and enjoying it, and I will never forget that beautiful moment. thanks steve for all your beautiful music. meant so much to me over the years. you’re a frickin renaissance man all right.

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    redgrevillea | 7 March 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    I would love to see/hear ‘Starfish’ live, from beginning to end – that would be just cosmically marvelous!! A great music trip taking me back to 1988 and way way beyond.

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