posted on June 18, 2008 at 9:17 pm

q : how are you?
a : ok, i got up at 7 00
the girls are all still asleep

q : a lot coming down the line, isnt there?
a : oh yeah…a lot….
last night dave trump sent me the final mix on “operetta”

q : give us a description…this is the church, isnt it?
a : yeah we’re starting to mix the new album
and this track was second cab off the rank
its me playing the piano
i came up with quite a different downwards progression
and thats the choruses
the verses kinda rest on one note
but everything moves around so much you dont really notice
martys playing bass with a pick its very exact playing unlike mine
peters playing elyctric guitar and guitar “strings”
frank kearns from dublin playing lovely 12 string
dave trump playing 6str acoustic guitar
tim plays drums n mellotrons n backing vox
its a bout 6 minutes long
the voices all sing different parts and answer each other
i wanted to get a real opera-ey feel
not that i know anything about opera…

q : any singing thats vaguely operatic?
a : well at one point a new voice of mine bursts into the chorus
and i imagine me appearing on the stage and singing these lines
i did it for tim n trumpy th’other day at the studio
with 2 big cushions up the front of my shirt
to increase the opera singer quotient

q ; what are the words?
a : the phosphorescent rim of the sun turns to face us
and the comets come !!

q : how was the mix
a : beautiful perfect lush gorgeous

q : is it like anything else the church has done?
a : no! its quite different

q : is there anything “churchy” on this new record
a : yeah …there’ll be a few

q : did you ever get the lost paintings back?
a : no and not compensated either

q : how about those glasses?
a : nah…nothing so far

q : cant you use those 10 dollar ones from chemists?
a : i am but they hurt my eyes n gimme headaches

q ; you sometimes allude to a tax problem…?
a : i get my royalties without tax taken out
im s’posed to put 40 per cent aside for the taxman
but i never do and we just spend it and now i owe him
but i aint got it…..

q : what worries you ?
a : just the usual stuff
taking care of my family n stuff…

q : hows your health?
a : good…touch wood
my lungs are a bit congested from smokin’ the weed
my ears are really really bad..fizzing ringing hurting
i really am quite deaf, you know

q : someone said to you youre well preserved cos of heroin
a : ha ha…no thats a joke
i mean as an actual substance i dont think heroin
is that wearing n tearing
probably makes your heart beat slower n stuff
but everything else about it just ages you quicksmart!
i really do not recommend it!

q : and the weed?
a : i wish i could stop for a while…i really do..

q : but..
a : well you know…um…its …ah…

q : yoga…?
a : great breakthroughs
people who dont do yoga cant possibly imagine what its like

q : but its no fun at first…
a : you gotta persevere
the universe dont give up its secrets just like that

q : crowley said there was magic..
a : and there was yoga…
yeah yoga is the force reshaping me
thats when it started 2003
i started doing yoga again regularly
and everything changed

q : are you a new man
a : certainly seems like it
i have acquired charm now
ideas flow uninterrupted
things occur to me
i tap into some deep well

q : ever think you demystify yourself on here
a : sure…thats the gamble or gambit

q : been a bit melancholy lately
a : financial worries plus sometimes existential fears
wow im really getting old here….!

q : youre very honest…or are you..?
a : i cant tell anymore..theres always another layer underneath

q : whats all this with the anonymouses?
a : i hate seeing my comments page ruined with rubbish..
after all
my comments are like my guestbook
a message or question from you to me
after having visited my thought-dwelling that day…
theres one particular person
well you all know who it is
i ask you please not to respond
its such a shame to cut everyone off
just to keep out the one idiot
thrashing around in incessant delusion
but in case theyre reading this

q : whats on today?
a : going over to tims to werk on cherch

q : any last thoughts
a : a deep and respectful appreciation of my readers
a special thanks to subscribers who get no glory
but help keep this ball rolling
and hello to the people..hundreds of em
who never comment
never reveal themselves….

q : one last thing?
a : lets get this fuckin’ dog n pony show on the road…!!!!

q : n.a.e.t. 08?
a : ok!!

guest interviewers
pam n perry

33 Responses to “in the wake of the 1000th celebration”

  1. avatar
    Richard | 18 June 2008 at 11:26 pm #

    q: with the album getting near to release I suppose you’re going to be touring soon?

    a: naturally

    q: do you think you could let us know as soon as the dates are decided? It’s just that (assuming you’re not planning on visiting the Top End) some of us will need to book airfares and places to stay.

    a: you have my solemn word

  2. avatar
    princey | 18 June 2008 at 11:29 pm #

    Oooh, I’m excited! New Church, Painkiller, SK/MK, gigs?, poetry night, Gb3, daily blog..thanks for all of it sk!

    I needed to hear about the yoga perseverance, I can’t bring myself to head out into the cold night to attend classes lately, but I’ll get my arse into gear and start up again, pronto!

    So you guys are heading overseas?!!!

    Love amanda
    P.S. For any fiends that havent seen it yet, check out sk’s myspace and click on “Canberra Musicians”, there’s pics of a VERY young, long-haired sk playing electric GUITAR not bass and Baby Grand pics….what a babe!

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 June 2008 at 11:50 pm #

    steve,it was not me,though i am reading,i do not comment…your comments are kinda renowned for going kinda bezerk every now n again…i am not your whipping boy,peacce n love,gen x

  4. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 19 June 2008 at 12:00 am #

    Do you ever have a lie in in the morning Mr K?

  5. avatar
    ^jax | 19 June 2008 at 12:01 am #

    “Oprah-etta”- Nooooo, we cannot stand the mammerjammer..sorry us Yanks have to deal wiff that diva daily..
    cheers to Pam n Perry..
    .. try some ear-therapy SK, rub the lobes and take some fish oil.. it wont kill ya for chrissakes..

  6. avatar
    knot | 19 June 2008 at 12:16 am #

    no advice
    just chips

    peace&love to ya big brother
    watching over us all
    (((benignly, of course)))

  7. avatar
    tim | 19 June 2008 at 12:30 am #

    smoked today for the first time in a week…its good to take a break…just to remind myself i can subordinate that desire, like I do meat (once in a while that fucking peperoni gets me..fucking junky meats or should that be junkie meats) habits are always hard to break and begin…like the qi gong almost two years now…it allows me to just be…can’t wait for the new stuff, release it and i’ll buy it, especially if i can download it, not much of a cd guy anymore unless its the only way.


  8. avatar
    eek | 19 June 2008 at 12:45 am #

    q : n.a.e.t. 08?
    a : ok!!

    YES!!!! The mere possibility makes me very, very happy. 🙂

    q : how was the mix
    a : beautiful perfect lush gorgeous

    Very happy sigh. Sounds heavenly. 🙂

    q ; you sometimes allude to a tax problem…?

    One of the more vexing problems of being self-employed is the “OH SHIT — TAXES!!” moment that hits every year when taxes are due. I thought I finally had it all worked out this year, but nope, I still had to scramble to pay the tax man. Bleh.

    2 big cushions up the front of my shirt
    to increase the opera singer quotient

    I must ask yet again — where are the video cameras when you need them?!! 😉

  9. avatar
    veleska1970 | 19 June 2008 at 1:31 am #

    eek took the question right out of my mouth in reference to the cushion bit….i was wondering the same thing: where was the camera??

    “q : youre very honest…or are you..?
    a : i cant tell anymore..theres always another layer underneath”
    we’re all very complicated creatures. there are a LOT of layers underneath. 😉

    i’m sorry your paintings are lost. i was really hoping they had turned up.

    i’m counting down the days to the new chrunch album.

    lotza love….

  10. avatar
    the dean | 19 June 2008 at 1:41 am #

    n.a.e.t? can anyone help me with that one.

  11. avatar
    Richard | 19 June 2008 at 2:35 am #

    it’s the dyslexic remix of afetr everything now this

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2008 at 2:47 am #

    The phosphorescent rim of the sun turns to face us and the comets come.
    They just don’t write ’em like that anymore.
    Thank God you do.
    Very generous and wonderous insights.
    Thank you.

    Tampa, Fl

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2008 at 3:38 am #

    grey light


    a tree


    eye open



    another moment
    thank you

    i’m gone

  14. avatar
    ^jax | 19 June 2008 at 4:43 am #

    “Look at the Moon tonight… its as if it is on fire”

    quote from little son

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2008 at 8:32 am #

    Gen x ! Christ !

  16. avatar
    fantasticandy | 19 June 2008 at 9:43 am #

    todays blog fills me with orgasmic bliss……
    a churchy fix!

    and just when i needed cheering up too!
    ‘coz the new recording console has gone tits-up yet again…..
    oh…the pain….

  17. avatar
    big titty girl | 19 June 2008 at 9:55 am #

    So, Steve, that guy on the far left in the photo of baby grande on the Canberra Musicians Myspace site…he was even better looking that you, right?

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2008 at 11:13 am #


    Apologies for the delay but I’ve only just come back to earth after your Metro work with the Triffs, on that Saturday a few months ago. That night brought together two of the most influential forces on my life – thank you. That you sang Stolen Property (my fave Dave Mc song)was surreal – it was like I’d written the list of who was going to sing what that night.

    Thank you again.

    Treehugger Andy

  19. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 19 June 2008 at 11:49 am #

    can’t wait for all these goodies to come flooding on the market…oooh yeah…
    good to see you’re still around, gen x…peace
    love always…

  20. avatar
    iseult | 19 June 2008 at 11:53 am #

    Cosi fan tutti starfish
    Singsongs with the Barber of Seville
    The Blurred Crusade of Tristan and Isolde
    La Boheme’s Heyday
    Gold Afternoon Faust
    After Everything Now Tosca
    Magician Among the Turandot
    Forget Your Merry Widow
    Beside Your Madama Butterfly
    Uninvited like the Fairy Queen
    El Momento Cavallera Rusticana
    Back mit Zwei Fledermaus

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2008 at 12:57 pm #

    Hi SK

    It’s been aeons since I was here. You’re still carving your white words into the black walls, like they were always there, like there was no other way they could ever fall. Amazing.

    Make a payment arrangement with the shiny bums. They fall over themselves to sign people up to a repayment schedule. They ask one to nominate a period and suggest that perhaps one should actually take a little longer. To give oneself a fighting chance. Seriously. You see it’s a bigwig’s bright idea to make herself look good – the debt is re-characterised and though she hasn’t actually collected a brass razoo it’s no longer classed as untamed and she gets the plaudits. In the short-term anyway.

    You’ll have to be patient though as you navigate the Escher-esque phone menu and wait for the requisite twenty minutes as you’re constantly reminded of how important you are…hmmm, kind of reminds me of a little hall of comments I once knew…

    I’ve always imagined what would happen if you gave up dope. I believe you would be un-fucking-stoppable. Ponder what you might produce, in any medium.

    Bon soir

    Public Savant

  22. avatar
    never satified with owt | 19 June 2008 at 1:22 pm #

    I’m bored with instrument swapping. I want to hear YOU play bass and MARTY play guitar. I know there’ll be plenty of that too but blah on it.

  23. avatar
    ross b | 19 June 2008 at 1:22 pm #

    I love those lyrics, beautiful, I find them forebodingly prescient but hey, until that day comes, I really can’t wait to hear this new music!!

    please keep informed about the glasses

    Kind regards, Ross.

  24. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 19 June 2008 at 2:50 pm #

    I hope there’ll be more than just a few Churchy qualities about the new Church release, though. I definitely appreciate that The Church keeps evolving, and that each Church album sounds different from the one before, as long as it stills sounds like The Church, that voice, those guitars, that bass, those lyrics. THAT is what I am always hoping for. And so far I have not been disappointed (well, with the sole exception of Box Of Birds, that is – but that one doesn’t really count in my book).
    I am constantly amazed at how recognizeable The Church sound is on each and every album, and yet you guys manage to sound quite different at the same time. THE CHURCH – the best fucking band in the world! EVER!

  25. avatar
    CSTCoach | 19 June 2008 at 3:11 pm #

    thanks for the update – lookin fwd to these new releases 🙂

    40%! the taxman is a bastard. why do we have to pay so much when we’ve no interest in supporting much of what they spend it on?!?

    re: the aching ears. whatever you do, don’t try pouring them full of olive oil. oh… wait… you did that already… 😛

  26. avatar
    Lian | 19 June 2008 at 3:27 pm #

    Big congratulations on your 1001th blog, SK. It’s been such a journey. (Speaking of 1001, it reminds me of the ever-restless sailor, Sinbad, who almost died a thousand times but whose soul still yearned for the travel and traffic. The voyages of Sinbad were some of my favorite stories when I was a child, they still are. Sea is Sinbad’s world. But I reckon it was not only the sea, the voyages, but more of the freedom that he pursued.)

    Nothing can restrain a soul. You are a free sprit, SK. And I deeply respect your honesty, your way of writing. May the well of magical words never dry.

    And may I please tell someone a story at here?

    There was a King and a wise man in Korea, they were friends so one day they went for a walk together.
    For some reasons the king wanted to play a joke on the monk, “You know one fact? You look like a pig!” He said.
    “But your majesty, you look like budhha.” Responded the wise man, with all his respect.
    The king was greatly pleased. And he asked, “but don’t you feel angry?”
    You may already know the answer – The wise man said,“Your majesty. In buddha’s eyes there is only buddha, but in pigs’ eyes, there are only pigs.”

    (There is a similar story in China, too.)

  27. avatar
    Lian | 19 June 2008 at 3:44 pm #

    oops! 1001st that is, of course.
    I’ve said I can’t write properly.

  28. avatar
    craig1.618 | 19 June 2008 at 4:42 pm #

    the dean

    I believe the n.a.e.t stands for…..

    north american electric tour

    that is if my “mangy panther decoder ring”

    is functioning properly

  29. avatar
    William | 19 June 2008 at 5:52 pm #

    Hey thanks for the insights on the new Church stuff SK — good to get a whiff of what ya’ll got cooking. I’m really, really looking forward to it!


  30. avatar
    snowfaller | 19 June 2008 at 6:55 pm #

    n.a.e.t 08 makes me say hell yeah!

  31. avatar
    davem | 19 June 2008 at 8:45 pm #

    Brilliant SK.
    Please don’t forget blighty needs you!!

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2008 at 10:07 pm #

    Wish I could buy another painting to help with the federal men. Definitely gearing up to buy the new album though. Please dont lose the hearing. Youll be another Beethoven!

    Acoustic was awesome in Dallas and Houston, would love to see electric! Id travel the distance!
    Take care of yourself and yours!
    Galveston TX

  33. avatar
    MEM | 19 June 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    who wrote that poem?

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