posted on October 12, 2014 at 9:38 pm
hemming away

hemming away

less than 5 days away and fit for human consumption

music cooked up illegally in a sound lab

1000 and 1 guitars in technicolour monochrome

alone and beyond this mortal plane of pain

the music sprinkles in free fall in a dream i chanced upon

in white  straits in black water below the treble cliffs a great bass sea

we are by the great coastlines of the pasts

surfing the conundra waves singing with those freaky meermaids

down by the sea in in my vesuvian vessel those BC nights i lived and i died

i am your sailor and your cardshark and your slave

i was your priest

now all these thoughts have swirled back upon me my songs

which always have been reflections from countless unknown memories

hear…they come to life ..!

the crashing minions of our great regime grooving in the chamber

the harassed singer grasping at strawberry whine and cinnamon fixes

stoned in his tomb his body of work falls apart

all these songs and more i bring to life

the american century where i roamed unbridled through my ladyfriends mind

you mean the songs of intrigue and passion and tragedy..?

oh yes the riverbed song of the cuckolded king

the in-space announcements en route to my lemurian hideaway

the din of the silverware in no gravity field

the sound of a bass guitar come to life and playing itself

the genius wallop that capsizes yer catamaran

sweet honey harmony rose would sink in lotus pool

we explore the arcane beauty of the desert shore

we enter the moist softness of song becoming one like none

inside the cocoon the tuning up has finally begun

the increased speed begins to bleed into a guitar

that transforms in storms of white chattering and pink shard noise

cut and diced and thrown into a sound salad

my words were copied from a tablet i found in my mind

zeus the crucifier of a womans desire appeared to me

like a spear his words tear thru my ears

he says you deserve to serve me

i describe the curve he threw me

i give this gift of music to you and your friends

he says in ancient greek

luckily i know a few words

i run with the music to a stream of all your dreams

i dive down down down deep to your bed inside all our heads

deep in your bed a live feed is fed ichor some perfect honey liquor

these songs you will apprehend as a memory or dream

quickly you will come to understand them

we reached in deep to catch these ones who would have remained elusive

in all your hearts in all our heads

the unadventurous must go on ahead

this music is my compartmentalised yet slender thread

with this golden cord attached to the central god our love

we sing of his devils his angels his nephilim and his monsters

we sing of the salesman but

by night a minotaur

in song come with us then into the labyrinth



octobre 17 like scarlets birthday

see you hear from you


159 Responses to “further farther deeper fathom”

  1. avatar
    Eskaedor | 12 October 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    over yonder fringe dwelling steely damsel dreary tearing tan topples clear red ra nasa crayola bunny tackle tickle vocalits outliner red nothing them pines water creases the one open envelops tiny frozen birds buried the talent the time the fame the thirsty engine does work quit finding easy red argus cathode medic tummy tunnel crayola bird bleeds white

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    Mr. Argent | 13 October 2014 at 5:33 am #

    ¡viva la tabula argenta!

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    Gavin | 13 October 2014 at 7:03 am #

    Steve! We need further/deeper released globally on Oct 17th. Not just in Australia and NZ! F/d is the drug I need a hit of right now!

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      thetimebeing | 13 October 2014 at 11:52 am #

      damn im sorry. i have no control over that stuff. just the music

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      Anonymous | 13 October 2014 at 10:51 pm #

      Yes – wherever there’s a delay in the release, no one will wait to buy the ‘real’ version, they’ll just download it for free!

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      Anonymous | 27 October 2014 at 2:46 pm #

      Think Amoeba will order for you. probably takes a few weeks. Certain other stores will too. One locally where I am, ordered and got me a copy as a present – so there are those who know how to find/order… I guess they have connections.

      Worth asking – it’s really beautiful – close your eyes and keep the volume low… the layers are clearer. (most songs). With eyes open: loud!!


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    A | 13 October 2014 at 7:04 am #

    うわ magic unravels again. pure condensed light filtered through the net of dreams. what a treat.

  5. Kraig
    Kraig | 13 October 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    oh yeah Steve! I have so much internal turmoil in my life right now…just cannot wait till this comes out this Friday! Looking more than forward it…more like a drug, I need it!

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      Anonymous | 13 October 2014 at 4:43 pm #

      BTW…just reordered the tote bag for the 3rd time hopefully will get to me this time, last few times got lost, nonetheless I WANT that Unearthed Tote Bag because of 2 things!! 1. First vinyl I ever had! 2. Take it with me to record shows to pick up vinyl! So there you go, I just want it. Hopefully will make it from AU to US this time? Cheers Big Guy!

  6. avatar
    Oscar Wilde | 13 October 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    A tote bag?!

  7. avatar
    homer | 14 October 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Another good review

  8. avatar
    Steven Krut | 14 October 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    Just listened to Further/Deeper. I thought it was fresh, engaging, energetic and just ridiculously cool. Listening to it, I found myself swept along by the torrent of great musical ideas flowing one into another. To a small degree, perhaps, it could be thought of as more lively Forget Yourself with much higher, polished production. It sounds very heavy in numerous places – heavy rock – which surprised me in a good way. The sound is somewhat different than previous Church albums, which makes sense since it’s got Ian, not Marty. It has a lot of energy with some driving numbers. There’s excitement and bold, dramatic moments throughout. (Globe Spinning should be called Head Spinning because that’s how it left me.) Bowie and Genesis kept popping into my thoughts as I listened to the album. Perhaps if Bowie and members of the early Genesis got together and made a hard rock album, it would sound something like Further/Deeper. Some of the songs, like Toy Head, remind me of the cool, obscure prog rock tracks I’d hear on FM radio late at night in the early to mid-70s. Something like Nektar, for example. It’s definitely got a 70s rock vibe, sometimes overtly as on Laurel Canyon. I’m still adjusting to the updated sound and taking it all in. The songs impress upon first listen and then completely floor you on subsequent listens. There’s a positive, life-affirming energy running throughout the album, which is not really a dominant element in previous Church outings. The band sounds revitalized, both with its songwriting and
    its playing. As with U#23, the level of mastery on display is staggering. It’s a triumphant effort. To me, Further/Deeper makes a loud statement about The Church – the statement being, “We’re still here and we’re still f***ing amazing!”

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      thetimebeing | 15 October 2014 at 10:55 am #

      thanks sk!!!

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        Steven Krut | 15 October 2014 at 12:44 pm #

        Right now I’m in a state of shock over how good Further/Deeper is. As I suspect many Church fans are. Or will be soon. I expected it to be first rate, per the norm, but I wasn’t prepared for THIS. Even the preview tracks I heard didn’t prepare me for the full impact and scope of this brilliant album. I thought I was jaded and couldn’t be surprised, but boy was I wrong. It’s a great feeling to be astonished by music. These songs inspire me and make me so happy when I listen to them. Thanks Steve, Tim, Peter, and Ian!

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          thetimebeing | 15 October 2014 at 1:46 pm #

          it was hard to sit on this record so long and just keep quiet
          it is an extraordinary record
          kudos to my three bandmates!

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            Supersonic Hearing | 16 October 2014 at 3:06 pm #

            BIG FUCKING CHEERS BRO! Sounds like Further Deeper is going back to the more experimental Dark and Melodic era of The Church which we like and LOVE! this record is…FUCKING THE BEST! You guys never seem to amaze us more and more, i’m blow away

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            thetimebeing | 16 October 2014 at 6:35 pm #


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    andy | 14 October 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    ok,heard it…..
    no detailed review here…I’m a musician myself…not a critic!
    for those with a predisposition towards P=A….F/D supercedes it.
    and, no I’m not kidding.
    stevo, you got the best combo going bar none man.

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    Shane D | 15 October 2014 at 12:35 am #

    Awesome songs – Miami has it. 🙂

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    Anonymous | 15 October 2014 at 4:17 am #

    Killer Hawkwind gig from the Music Machine 1977 up on Youtube.
    Robert Calvert on classic form, band honed and focused, their influence on the imminent new wave clearly evident. Wonderful.

  12. avatar
    Verdelay | 15 October 2014 at 7:01 am #

    My dearest Illyrian

    As you are aware, Harry Flowers is currently in a state of psychic recumbency, retired from the travails of creative life while I, his erstwhile host, occupy myself with fatherhood and academe.

    Nevertheless, last year I found myself working on a song, unbidden. I had a title, which as you will understand, can act as a catalyst for the crystalline formation of harmonic ideas, and tunes were beginning to form around it. The chorus came to me one day as I walked through the streets of London, out of nowhere. It had a Byrdsy-feel, more McGuinn than Hillman, with swathes of Wilson-esque harmonies swirling around a finger-picked central core. Upbeat, but not uptight. The title suggested certain directions lyrically, but in spite of everything, it wasn’t a country-rock song and had nary a twang in sight. It formed for a while, this song, but as Harry is out on the verandah smoking his weeds and not working hard as he is wont to do, nothing became of it, and the song evaporated.

    The song’s title, it’s only reality capable of any semblance of communication in this amniotic state, was ‘Laurel Canyon’.

    I submit this to you as further empirical evidence that Music is indeed a transcendent motherfucker who will fuck with your shit whenever she fucking wants to.

    I look forward to hearing what you did with that song.



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      thetimebeing | 15 October 2014 at 10:52 am #

      wow a coincidence of epic proportion

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        robertmichaels | 20 October 2014 at 2:45 pm #

        Absolutely staggering!

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      Anonymous | 15 October 2014 at 5:17 pm #

      Like anything – how does one prove the unseen, the unknown.
      TTB often speaks of tapping into minds in his blog. Perhaps he tapped into LC & look..viola.. u get coincidences of coincidences.

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        Anonymous | 16 October 2014 at 1:06 am #

        Yeah, cos it’s not like there’s an actual place called Laurel Canyon that both SK and Verdelay might’ve heard of, is it? Oh…

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 16 October 2014 at 1:30 pm #

          Geography is not my greatest subject.

        • avatar
          Verdelay | 18 October 2014 at 3:25 am #

          You’re right. Of course there’s no magic. Now move along…


          • avatar
            Anonymous | 21 October 2014 at 8:28 pm #

            As a Thelemite, I assure you that there very definitely IS magick. But this wasn’t it.

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    Eskaedor | 15 October 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    I have listened to Further/Deeper on the AU Rolling Stone page. By no means is this an album to be underestimated. Diverse, engaging and absolutely grand! A wonderful addition to the church legacy. Love it.

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    Dean | 15 October 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    Just listened to Further/Deeper on Soundcloud. Steve, how do you guys manage to outdo yourselves each time? If anyone says they like Untitled 23 (or Priest=Aura or other previous albums) and not this is beyond me. It is majestic. No apologies needed dear sir, no more defending your creativity, no more defending the musicians in the band – Further/Deeper says is all. All I can say is thank you for the experience (yet again).

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    Anonymous | 15 October 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    Just listened to free stream of new album on the Rolling Stones mag (Aust) site.
    Mixed feelings – didn’t know whether to rejoice or cry.
    You could sing ‘Laurel Canyon’ to any woman & it would probably sweep her of her feet.
    Old coast road’ makes me want to go home even more, increasing the already overwhelming swelling within me.

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    Anonymous | 15 October 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    Glad you said sometimes.
    My tears are known to bring floods.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 16 October 2014 at 1:13 am #

      I cried with laughter when I heard the first line of The Adventures of the Time Being. ‘They built the pyramids’, indeed…

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        thetimebeing | 16 October 2014 at 8:30 am #

        so did i pal. so did i

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          Anonymous | 16 October 2014 at 8:40 pm #

          Yeah, it obviously wasn’t one of yours.
          After that opening line, I was expecting one about Stonehenge, where the cats meow…
          Marty was always a bit David St. Hubbins, bless him.

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    matthew | 16 October 2014 at 1:46 am #

    That was a rich tonic that flowed effortlessly through me! Got my pre-order in. Thanks SK.

  18. Kraig
    Kraig | 16 October 2014 at 3:31 am #

    I’m still going to wait until release date for traditional purposes, i want to wait to listen to it on Oct 17th, but really want to wait until the physical album comes in the mail, that’s how old fashioned i am. Don’t know what it is, maybe it’s place and time but i want to remember what and where i was when listening to it maybe driving in the car or sitting with my wife listening to the vinyl or whatever, but not behind the computer for first time hearing it. But that’s just me, CANNOT WAIT!

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 16 October 2014 at 2:07 pm #

      Then again hate to admit my guilty pleasure but…I’m having a semi-small Church Party myself going on all week to celebrate the upcoming album release in anticipation I put all albums and solo projects together including all Church, SK, MWP, Koppes, Powles, and Powderfinger, …EVERYTHING in a random order on one USB playing in the car, at the cribb, work, with family and friends is what they hear at my house all week…everything to play randomly up until the time of Further Deeper’s release…a release party of my own, Yes! haha guess you can call me crazy right? Hearing so many great things from over 30+ years of this Universally Prolific Band! I wasn’t around for the moon landing back in 69 but my guess is F/D is the next best thing! Big Cheers!

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      Anonymous | 16 October 2014 at 2:40 pm #

      Dammit! Everyone listing to it and I just cannot wait…you FOOLS! LOL, ok I heard a taste of the first song and it’s Sounding DARK AND FALL-a-LICIOUS! Gonna blast it round Halloween time! oh yeah ME LIKEE LONG TIME! Is this Priest2!!?? If so we love love love

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    paul | 16 October 2014 at 5:10 am #

    this record is amazing so moving so positive you all have excelled your musical gifts thanks to everyone involved. a loud and heavenly record

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    Rebecca1KS | 16 October 2014 at 9:03 am #

    “octobre 17 like scarlets birthday”

    Have not had a chance to visit, for now just one thought

    October 14 – my birthday …

    spent with my eldest (also born October 14)

    Life giving life: ever amazing, the best gift of all ♥

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      Anonymous | 16 October 2014 at 8:42 pm #

      More like being condemned to a life sentence.

      • avatar
        Rebecca1KS | 17 October 2014 at 9:39 am #

        Guess you haven’t got any kids! Now that’s one thing I definitely got right… Poor old you. 😛

        • avatar
          This World Hell | 18 October 2014 at 1:37 am #

          I’d never condemn an innocent child to life in this hellhole world.
          Or to me as a father, actually!

  21. avatar
    Michel | 16 October 2014 at 5:38 pm #





    What a masterpiece !

  22. avatar
    Rebecca1KS | 17 October 2014 at 6:18 am #

    OK, so now I’m totally confused… Some here say they’ve heard the entire album; others say it won’t be released globally, only in Australia and New Zealand. What’s the deal? Those of you who’ve successfully accessed the album, kindly post where you found it.

    Cause regardless of the desired dream state we all delve into as often as possible to escape from this world (e.g. through the music of our beloved SK/The Church), reality has a way of forcing itself in. Many of us have the grave misfortune of being stuck in the US, but in this day and age, we should all be able to access everything via the wonders of the internet.

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      Rebecca1KS | 17 October 2014 at 8:49 am #

      As for *you* and all your worry and self-doubt, Steve K…. after reading the comments, both here and at soundcloud, you’re absolutely *fine!* 😉

    • avatar
      ISTTB | 17 October 2014 at 8:59 am #

      Rebecca1KS, F/D live stream on Australian Rolling Stone.

    • avatar
      Captain Jack | 23 October 2014 at 5:26 am #

      US Release is set for Feb 2015 according to the latest news! There you go!

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    Mike Frimodig | 17 October 2014 at 7:38 am #

    I tried to stay away from listening to f/d until I could purchase it here in the us and play it on a good system. I could not wait that long so I went through it twice on the iPad. This is a wonderful, dreamy, blissful, brilliant release. I’m not overly surprised, the last one was close to a classic this one is a classic to me. I hope to hear it live in Michigan. Long live the Church! MJ Frim

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    Stephen | 17 October 2014 at 7:48 am #

    There has been a stream of the album on Rolling Stone Australia (although it may be unavailable by the time you read this, since it was only meant to be up for three days). Here’s the link for you to see if it’s still available:

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    Anonymous | 17 October 2014 at 8:36 am #

    Rebecca, here is the link to access the new release:

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      thetimebeing | 17 October 2014 at 11:19 am #

      its too late its gone now

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      Rebecca1KS | 20 October 2014 at 6:05 am #

      Thank you, I was not too late [makes a nice change]!

      Many thoughts and feelings, processing…

  26. etta
    etta | 17 October 2014 at 11:59 am #

    Short but possibly extensive catch up (with what /who?) Anyway…Of course I will say today I am eager to receive the new cd from you. Although I do lazily toy with the idea of an lp… not to mention a tee. More importantly, Animal’s funeral was quite marvelous. I met a very much older and shorter man, although he would appear genteely shabby and incredibly handsome. His name is Jergen Igor and can sometimes be seen staggering the streets of Sydney. But within the ten minutes of knowing him, he is one of the best people I ever met. A gentleman. Offered me his arm so I could attend to a blister on my foot without falling over at Animal’s funeral. One glance from him and he could see how to assist straight away!The cornerstone overlooked as mentioned…. anyway…RIP Animal. I saw Jergen on Pitt St yesterday and I can tell he misses Animal. Unfortunately, Jergen and I were swept past eachother in the ‘rush hour crush’ and alas he/I was gone. Still, the mood is lifted when I think of Devil Gate Drive blasting through the inner east. Also, please think of parents who outlive their kids. Sometimes things look black and white. Kids are a sentence. No they’re a blessing. Well, sometimes nature might decide to reclaim your child sooner than expected… happens. Thinking of a friend a little older than me whose child though an adult is very very sick.

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    Anonymous | 17 October 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Like the title of yr autobiography.
    Hard not to follow thru w/o saying/thinking ‘shimmering& white’.

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    Ingrid | 17 October 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Looking so forward to getting Further Deeper, congratulations on its release!!! Happy Birthday to Miss Scarlett for today!!!


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    andy | 17 October 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    birthday wishes to your very special little girl scarlett!

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    koala_sprint | 17 October 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    I’m just concludeing my first listen of the 15 track version of Further/Deeper. Miami is blasting out (I’m hearing some of Men At Work’s, Be Good Johnny in the beginning of the chorus melody which is no bad thing). I’ve avoided listending to any pre-released track so to enjoy it all as it was meant to be.
    Now, it’s time to start back at track one.

    One question. Any sign of a CD release of the 3 bonus tracks as b-sides to a single, or on a 2nd Deluxe version disc?

    Thanks for the album. They really are always moments to look forward to.


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      thetimebeing | 18 October 2014 at 8:58 am #

      dunno whats happening with 3 extra tracks stephen

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        koala_sprint | 19 October 2014 at 6:05 pm #

        I’ve heard from a wee dickie bird that the 3 bonus tracks are coming out on a 2cd compilation. Don’t quite me on this as the leak could have come from the voices in my head, but they’ve been right before.
        1.White star line
        2.Gypsy Stomp
        10.Hounds of Love
        12.The gardener
        13.The Girl is Buoyant
        14.Marine Drive
        1.The Coffee Song
        4.So love may find us
        5.Sillhouette in Meltdown
        6.Moon Hangs in Black
        7.Particles Matter
        9.The Kicker

        Cheers 😉

        • avatar
          koala_sprint | 19 October 2014 at 6:07 pm #

          Of course I meant don’t quote me on this. You are all more than welcome to quite me on it though.

        • avatar
          thetimebeing | 19 October 2014 at 10:11 pm #

          its news to me

          • avatar
            koala_sprint | 20 October 2014 at 12:07 am #

            Seed sown! Now let’s watch it grow. 🙂

        • avatar
          Captain Jack | 23 October 2014 at 5:21 am #

          I already got that 2CD set on me iPod Mateee! Arrrggghh

          • avatar
            Captain Jack | 23 October 2014 at 5:22 am #

            ya forgot a few like Nightmare and Fog etc

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            Anonymous | 23 October 2014 at 11:08 pm #

            If only Nightmare had descending vocal harmonies on he choruses.

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            thetimebeing | 24 October 2014 at 9:16 am #

            my great regret

          • avatar
            Anonymous | 24 October 2014 at 6:46 pm #

            Fuck That! No RAGRATS! fucking stoked tunes!!!!!

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    Anonymous | 18 October 2014 at 1:42 am #

    Hope I like FD.
    But me no likey P=A or U23.
    Hoping FD is a swirling, trancey headcharge through spiral galaxies of colour.
    Space rock, yeah!

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      thetimebeing | 18 October 2014 at 8:57 am #

      if you no like p=a why you no fuck off?

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        Anonymous | 18 October 2014 at 12:04 pm #

        Cos much likey SA, HOB, AENT, FY and ULTC?

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        Moo | 19 October 2014 at 1:08 am #


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      Rebecca1KS | 20 October 2014 at 9:13 am #

      Wait, WTF: How on this earthly plane [or any other] could anyone be a Church fan and not like Priest = Aura?!

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        thetimebeing | 20 October 2014 at 10:37 am #


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        Anonymous | 20 October 2014 at 8:49 pm #

        Same reason I can be a Bowie fan but not like Lodger.

      • avatar
        Moo | 21 October 2014 at 4:16 am #

        Bec, right. and for a girl in a bikini you still make a lot of sense x

  32. avatar
    Michel | 18 October 2014 at 1:45 am #

    October 17th is not only Scarlet’s but all of us’ birthday (I mean all of us who ordered F/D).
    And isn’t “The girl is buoyant” the best Church track ever ?
    Will give it another thousand listens but my mind is already made up !

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    Homer | 18 October 2014 at 5:16 pm #

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    Bec | 18 October 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    Hi guys, HH (Bec) here……can’t wait to hear the new CD….
    Afraid that those of you that are FB friends with me won’t be hearing much from me for a while, my brother has decided to be a hateful and vindictive and violent bastard and I’ve had to suspend my account and change my e mail and stuff……
    Sorry for offloading my shit onto you, I feel like I’m with friends here and this after Dad’s death, shit I dunno……I feel so fucking upset……
    I love you guys xx

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      Rebecca1KS | 20 October 2014 at 2:15 am #

      So you’re a Bec, too? (Short form of my name.) Def caused a bit of confusion for me here as not many go by that. [Oops]

      Sorry to hear you’re struggling – just remember: we can choose friends and lovers, but we can’t choose the family we were born into.


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      andy | 20 October 2014 at 5:53 pm #

      bec,big love to you girl.

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    M E M | 18 October 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    didn’t i see/hear this all in a dream before?

  36. etta
    etta | 19 October 2014 at 10:13 am #

    Dear Bec,
    Will miss you. Take care. I consider you friend.
    Etta x 🙂 🙁

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      Bec | 19 October 2014 at 2:41 pm #

      Hiya Etta….hopefully this shit storm that I’m in doesn’t last forever and I’ll be back on FB and stuff soon….as for noodles? Love to, but I’d have to catch a plane to get down there!! Have some noodles for me xx

  37. etta
    etta | 19 October 2014 at 10:21 am #

    P.s. do you want to go to noodle market in Hyde park tonight? I am going. Email… if you want. Pps. Rack off anonymi. I wont reckanise ya.

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    matthew | 19 October 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    Steve, F/D is truly powerful stuff. I’m loving it, discovering more things with each listen. It’s so good listening to you push your voice to new places. It must have felt fantastic working on this! Thanks to you and the team. Twenty-fourth in Canberra, rockundroll.

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    Homer | 19 October 2014 at 11:03 pm #

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    Jan | 20 October 2014 at 2:00 am #

    Just ordered it from the church merchandise store. It was awesome to have the stream to the album to preview. Thanks! It’s too good to wait for it to be released in the US! Willing to pay the premium and support the best band in the world still going strong. I think this is the best since HOB…maybe Starfish….now that is saying something mssrs. Kilbey et al…

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    matthew | 20 October 2014 at 5:08 am #

    Bec, take care mate. I’ve been through similar in the past and it’s hard. x

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    Kerrie | 20 October 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    Steve! It arrived! It came, it played, it conquered!! LOL Seriously I haven’t been this excited about a piece of music since, well I don’t know – forever it seems! A huge thank you to you and all the guys – such a triumph. Also a huge thank you to your beneficent angel who foots the bill. So happy yay! Kx

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    Rebecca1KS | 20 October 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Please keep in mind, I’d no idea The Church even went on without me, long after seeing you at a DC concert, well beyond your heyday all those years ago…

    That said, after a few listens, I’m jumping right in with my favorite songs from your 25th album along with the impressions they evoked in me:

    – Delirious – ‘ethereal yearning’

    – Love Philtre – ‘arcane dream-rain’

    – Lightning White – ‘compellingly hypnotic’

    – 12 Miami – ‘the end is the beginning’

    Further/Deeper was quite a lovely surprise. Congratulations Steve, well done!

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    Craig | 21 October 2014 at 4:16 am #

    Steve, will the band be performing any Church material along with the set accompanying the Cocteau film at Melbourne Music Week?

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      thetimebeing | 21 October 2014 at 10:31 am #


      • etta
        etta | 22 October 2014 at 10:37 pm #

        Oh. Will see ya(s) anyway(s) i supphose. Cant refund tkt now and dont want to because i want to see the film! So will you just be watching then and chewing fantales like me?

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          thetimebeing | 23 October 2014 at 2:57 pm #

          no we will be p[laying specially composed music!!!

          • etta
            etta | 23 October 2014 at 3:51 pm #

            Thrilling thought must confess!

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          Anonymous | 23 October 2014 at 8:22 pm #

          Church play soundtrack live to showing of film.
          You’ll never get the chance to see this again.
          This is special – don’t return that ticket!

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    BUTTERBOY | 21 October 2014 at 7:01 am #

    How do I upload my avatar?

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    Mike Frim | 21 October 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Great video, great song!! Wow! Happy for you guys. Wishing you the best. All of the songs on F/d are very special ! Can’t say enough. MJ Frim

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    Anonymous | 21 October 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    a friend knows my adversity to buying things off the internet – surprise: received CD in mail today. It’s wonderful!!! You’re getting better all the time. (the other guys too – new guy included.)

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    andy | 21 October 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    new church video alert!

    ’tis jolly wonderful too………

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    Gordon from Scotland | 21 October 2014 at 11:37 pm #

    haven’t got F/D through yet, hopefully delivered in next few weeks,so can’t yet add to reviews, but fuckin hell, you guys are rock stars in that fantastic new video. I really really hope this is the big time. It feels like everything is fitting into place and its all taking off again.
    Take care

  50. Kraig
    Kraig | 22 October 2014 at 2:45 am #

    Finally listened to Further Deeper in it’s entirety and it’s a masterpiece! My wife and i listened to it continuously back to back last weekend and we both love it! Excellent piece of musicianship & work! We feel it’s laid back but at the same time uplifting, and sure fits nicely in this beautiful fall season right now where I’m at. Big Cheers!

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    Rich | 22 October 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Steve. Amazing work by you and band. Looking fwd to the anu show.

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    crimson | 23 October 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Been listening for a few days now. I was not prepared for nor expecting something this great. If you are capable of this, even now…. You must be in your prime. It’s shocking, really. Who gave you the right? I need way more time to digest. And I need the vinyl of this. Badly. Are shops in Brisbane carrying it by chance?

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    matthew | 23 October 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    Damn, the video for Pride is magnificent too. One of the few that truly evoke the essence of The Church. I think momentum is truly gathering.

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    Anonymous | 23 October 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    Steve, I love the old sing-speak but this higher register you’re singing in on FD also sounds great.
    Is this the register you sometimes used to double a lead vocal, eg. on a lot of Heyday?
    It works brilliantly.

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    Adam | 24 October 2014 at 2:18 am #

    Really like the new record. My favorite batch of songs since Forget Yourself. Lightning White, Love Philtre, and Miami are early favorites. Really love how the backing vocals in the middle of Lightning White remind me of Ancient History. Ancient History! You go…oh!

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    davem | 24 October 2014 at 3:17 am #

    Hoping my copy is delivered soon. I like to wait to hear it until I can play it on a decent system. I’m very excited!

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    japetchu | 24 October 2014 at 9:05 am #

    Bought Further / Deeper as a digital album
    from The Church merch. It’s an artic night in “Ultima Thule”. I’ve been listening the album…maybe it’s sixtht or seventh time. The songs are incredible, soulful, with many levels. Yhey go into my bloodstreams. I’ve living with the music of The Church for almost 30 years. (It has not always been easy to find vinyls or CD’s of The Church
    from Finnish music stores:)

    I’ve been living with the music
    of the Church for almost 30 years.
    I saw The Church live in Helsinki,
    in 1988. It’s the only time, unfortunately

    You are going further a

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    Darren | 24 October 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Further/ Deeper = Masterpiece = Album Of The Year . I’ve been a Church fan since the early 80s. It’s remarkable how you can keep writing such wonderful , timeless music. I’m very impressed. Laurel Canyon sounds like a great lost track from the 70’s, one of my faves, old coast road, Miami, other early favorites. Thanks for all the great music over the decades, the Church’s music always takes me to a better place. I also can’t wait to hear it on vinyl at home! Please come to the states next year, would love to see you guys play again in Milwaukee , Wi.

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    Anonymous | 24 October 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    church in autumn is always special.
    Must have FD before winter.
    Still waiting but sounds like it will be worth every minute.

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    japetchu | 25 October 2014 at 12:00 am #

    Hello Steve,
    (Now, in the daylight i can see that i made such a mess in my response. I mean those errors in my writing. It was an artic night, i was listening to F/D and maybe i was on the other galaxy.)

    Yes, i’m really digging the new album.
    It is full of energy,
    full of feelings,
    that make you cry.
    Full of poetic lyrics,
    cinematic visions
    with the scents of laurel and salty sea.
    F/D really breaths freely.

    It seems like you’re reinventing the band.

    It has vibes from the history
    of rock-pop-prog.
    Vibes from the history of the Church.
    And, as a listener,
    i have vibes from my own history.

    The Church was touring in Helsinki 10.4.1988.
    I already had (in vinyls of course)
    Of Skins and heart, Blurred Crusade, Shadow Cabinet,
    Seance, Heyday and the latest one, Starfish.
    (I think that music shops in Finland were much more
    better in the eighties than nowadays!)
    And i was in love for the first time 🙂

    But you’re still making great music in 2014.
    And again atmospheric musical landscapes
    of the Church fit perfectly to this
    winter wonderland.
    And occasionally you can dream about
    summer haze of the laurel canyon.

    I’m sure you have a great tour with the new album!
    Wish i had been in Canberra!

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    cocoamo | 25 October 2014 at 1:40 am #

    Hey – F/D – your voice sounds really great – masterful musicians..

    Don’t know if you’ve seen these Robe cyclone lights with fans:
    To be illuminated and cool.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania

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    Brien Comerford | 25 October 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    The very recent interview with the Sydney Morning herald reports that you turned vegetarian to retain your looks and not for compassion for animals. I’ll stick with MACCA, MORRISSEY, JEFF BECK, BRIAN MAY, BOSTON, MOBY, JUDITH DURHAM, ANNIE HASLAM, CHRISSIE HYNDE, STEVE HOWE, kd lang and all the other true blue animal lovers.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 26 October 2014 at 10:06 am #

      I think some people spend too much time on animal compassion & not enough on human compassion.
      Vegetarian because I hate the texture of meat.

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        Cocoamo | 28 October 2014 at 2:04 am #

        Yes, little Susie, every time you kick the dog, an angel gets its wings.

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    etta | 25 October 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    Nute R. Lex, have you found Marlon’s image?

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    eekie | 25 October 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    Here’s a link to an excellent interview with Steve.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 28 October 2014 at 3:22 am #

      In that interview SK says that Ian has joined the band.
      The last we heard, he was ‘guest guitarist’ on the album and tour.
      Is he really in or was it a slip of the tongue/figure of speech?

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    Bec | 26 October 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    I saved my first listen of the album for a time when I wouldn’t be disturbed…..listened to it a few times yesterday…..

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    etta | 26 October 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Loved hearing The Church play F/D live last night! Wonderful work and enjoyed Ian’s playing. Glad we all managed to squeeze into such a petite space, and felt privileged ;). The cicadas in my ears starting to subside a little.

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    Anonymous | 26 October 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    Hi sk,

    I’m playing Further/Deeper for the first time now. I resisted playing it till after the gig as I wanted to see it performed live first.
    Thought the band put on a spellbinding performance last night. As I didn’t know any of the songs got a wonderful surprise (as I had expected). The opening song was one of my faves and about half way through their was a song with a bit of a jazzy/bluesy vibe that blew me away. Be good once I learn the names of the songs. Loved your shirt and u and the band seemed to be in fine form from what I could see (as I had trouble seeing had to keep moving from side to side and up and down and only once could c all the band.)
    I was banged into constantly so that took a lot of the enjoyment out of it.
    Hoping there will be a repeat gig at another venue. Such a pity Notes is gone that would have been a relaxing nite.

    Was a bit wary of talking to Ian, but was pleasantly surprised at what a gentleman he is. Very humble and sincere and was glad we accepted and liked him in the band. Was wonderful meeting him as I was/am a huge Powderfinger fan.

    Someone I spoke to asked me what I thought of the cd cover, said I don’t like it. Main reason being the lettering in that colour is hard to read and the booklet even with a magnifying glass is difficult. Do love the photos in the booklet though. The title and band name on the cover should be in big letters and a stand out cover, we want this cd to be noticed and go to the top of the charts.

    Very disappointed didn’t get to say hello to u. We hung around where the other band members were greeting fans hoping u would appear but if u did after we left that is a shame as we had buses and trains to worry about getting.
    It’s been over a year since we’ve seen u, hope it won’t be another one.

    Cd is up to Toy Head love the guitars in it and your voice is still getting better n better. Have to say you’ve still got it!! Also glad the 5th member of the Church hasn’t also gone awol. Can’t help it but I miss Marty.

    Peace & love

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    Shane D | 27 October 2014 at 10:48 am #

    After about 50 plays in the car, the shed, the laptop and none of them any good for quality sound, but I cant stop playing it on what ever is around. I’ve changed what I thought would be my Favourite songs several times already 🙂

    What a fabulous body of work. The magic still oozes from The Church with sounds no other band comes close to – anywhere!!

    Before the cancer gets me proper – I will see Miami played live! So please please bring Further Deeper to Adelaide 🙂

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      thetimebeing | 27 October 2014 at 1:59 pm #

      im coming to adelaide to spruik my book shane that may be as close as the church gets for a while
      hope you beat that damn cancer !

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    Moo | 28 October 2014 at 1:43 am #

    Sir Steven. probably my twentieth listen to F/D now… and I love how my central cortex loves to be stroked with the comforting sounds of fresh repetition and how every listen takes me just that little bit somewhere else than it did last time. Genius. I’m in HK still and back to Beijing early November – and big huggys and kissys my friend for the freebie link u sent. I gush, yet I promise I want to proudly purchase my own handy itunes download for my trusty old iphone 4 via my gorgeous Italian wife’s ozzy itunes account – btw what’s with that? why I couldn’t just buy it here in HK? Available only in oz and nz the Apple machine tells me- like what are they into? Cultural deprivation? Nevertheless 10/10 for this one pal.

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    Lady Di | 28 October 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    Further Deeper you take me and I like going there.
    Loved hearing the album live on Sat. Couldn’t see anything though, just had to listen. I was squashed into a corner up the back and felt like I was going to faint, couldn’t even get to the bar for a drink of water. A woman near me passed out and was carried out by paramedics.
    Your voice sounded amazing though and some of the higher notes gave me goosebumps.
    Peter and Tim seemed relaxed and happy after the gig, I hope you were too. I like Ian and love the fact he’s always been a big church fan.

    Looking forward to many more listens of F/D in the peace of my own space, I love it!

    p.s. Are we going to read anything interesting about the church in Molly’s book?

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    Homer | 28 October 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    Will you be coming to Perth on your book tour?

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    Crasher | 28 October 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    Got the CD the day of release. Listened to it numerous times.
    This is a triumph !!!!!
    Up there with the best church albums.
    Beautifully constructed, not a dud track.
    Further bass, drums ..
    Deeper guitars, keyboards.
    And the vocals…sumptuous..lovely harmonies throughout.
    Favourite songs..Vanishing Man,Pride Before A Fall,Love Philtre,
    Globe Spinning,Lightning White is …absolute white lightning.
    Old Coast Road, Volkano…have single written all over.
    And what about Let Us Go ?? Brilliant song.
    This album sits comfortably alongside Starfish,Priest=Aura , Hologram of Baal and After Everything Now This.
    Five stars from insignificant little me.
    Only three more sleeps until the Ormond Hall show..

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    gavingamble2 | 29 October 2014 at 12:31 am #

    I like this record a lot, already.
    But then I had a BBQ and set up my old Danish monitors outside and cranked up the bass … revealed a whole new dimension and really brings some tracks to the fore.
    Long live the Church.
    I’m really looking forward to the Melb show. 3 nights to go.

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