posted on June 8, 2015 at 5:38 pm


i am writing from my darling daughter minnas apartment in stockholm

she and leo (her lovely bloke) have gone to italy for a week

leaving me to water the flowers and enjoy the miserable summer wevver

well the euro tour my oh my

the church are now an unstoppable force

my colleagues in this band are just fucking superb

tim the most walloping yet intelligent drummer ever

peter koppes …what can you say about this guy except he is a fucking maestro

ian haug after convincing america he has now convinced europe

he has more than slotted in

he has enriched us

craigie wilson up the back on utility (he hates that term btw)

he is truly a member of the band now

a multi instrumental marvel and a delightful human being

our crew are an amazing crew

and me..?

well i have stepped up to the plate and firing with everything i got

we nailed every fucking gig

2 encores in london n brighton

(no i did not see nick cave walking his poodle or buying black dye)

(as many have asked me)

the band is now unbelievably uplifting and inspiring

it was the happiest and most fulfilling tour ever

despite sleeping on el bunko in bus every night

now I’m in sweden

we celebrated Elli n Minnas 24th yesterday

and wow! what a great party that was

at a japanese/peruvian restaurant

everyone was there including one of dearest friends

mr martin krall

karin and i are the marvellously proud parents

of these 2 beautiful kind warm hearted girls

and tears of happiness were flowing all night

their friends are the loveliest people

and i felt so truly a part of it all

and people say you’re a proud papa

but i tell ya it is way beyond that

they are so blindingly gorgeous and yet comical

good naturedly ragging on their silly old dad

i love them so much it makes me ache

24 and theres so much more

jesus i am lucky to have the 5 daughters i have

everyone of them amazes me

and they are all beautiful on the inside as well as out

thank you god for this opportunity to be these kids dad

i really mean that

my children mean more to me than anything you could ever offer

even tho minna has now gone off on hols

i hope to spend some more time with elektra

who is surely the most like me in the way she thinks

so thats it

its a rainy and cold day here but who cares

i will speak to ya all real soon

sk stockholm june 8 2015

47 Responses to “its all too much”

  1. etta
    etta | 8 June 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    I think I know what you mean! Peace 🙂 And I am now beyond childbearing age unless alas and lol there should be another miraculous reversal. Yes… despite children making one feel more human than could be imagined they are simultaneously divine. Thank you for reminding us of our best life’s work (god give me strength). Happy for your happiness. Maybe the weather shall exude some summery melancholy tinged inspiration for further works… still, sounds quite cosy tho.

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    tearle | 8 June 2015 at 6:09 pm #

    Oh I think you are one of God’s favorite’s SK, glad you found time to see it 🙂 X

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    Chris | 8 June 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    good fings come to those hoo weight….well deserved maestro…rock on….and on!

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    dave | 8 June 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    Fan since BC,still blows me away that album! Saw you guys first time London,unbelievably good,had smile on my face all gig! Just listening to The Grind what a great track that is! Looks like I have around 90 fave Church tracks on my I Tunes,just beaten by The Beatles,so to me you are on a par with Lennon/McCartney or even better!!
    Currently big fan of “Nordic” music,Iceland,Norway,Sweden,Denmark etc,some great stuff there,enjoyed Say Lou Lou btw,some good tracks on that one,you must be proud!
    Love new album btw,got on import around 6 months ago,so knew a lot of the tracks before gig,which helps,Laurel Canyon big fave,would love to see a FD/BC tour over here at some stage as per Oz! Any thoughts!?
    Finally as rambling on,not really heard any of your solo stuff and not sure were to start! What are your favourites?
    “Aura” on, that is one awesome album! Keep on rocking!

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    dave6 | 8 June 2015 at 9:32 pm #

    Thanks Steve (and the rest of the band) for 2 incredible gigs in London & Brighton.
    Don’t get to see you guys very often (&i understand that is because of logistical reasons): This was about the 10th time-the first time being in 1982!
    Loving the new album; it is a real grower & looking forward to the new KK, which i have on order.
    Hope you don’t leave it so long next time; would have really loved to have seen the BC/FD set, but, alas, doubt that will happen.
    Enjoy Sweden: (i am in Tallinn on holiday next week-just across the sea!)
    take care,

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    redgrevillea | 8 June 2015 at 9:44 pm #

    You’re so blessed to have your beautiful daughters, and they most lucky to have a wonderful dad. So uplifting to read this – God bless.

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    cheryl | 8 June 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    happy for you SK that you are able to spend time with Elli & Minna on their 24th birthdays. lucky man indeed blessed with 5 lovely daughters! Ando & I hope to catch The Church tour in Kansas City later in august,my younger sister lives there.. sending love & light yer friends in Louisiana Cheryl & Ando

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    jeremy_earl | 8 June 2015 at 11:46 pm #

    Hey Steve. So great to hear that everything is going so well. Can’t wait to see the band in Bunbury and Perth – a world away from Europe!



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    andy | 9 June 2015 at 1:21 am #

    wowsers kilbs!
    damn, your’e on a roll……
    iv’e never heard or seen an outfit with so much sheer dynamism,
    timbo slaughtered those skins both nights, peter was so comfortable and fluid, ian’s a keeper…very subtle with clever textures and washes but also bonkers shredding.
    props to craig too, he’s a ‘classic’ sideman.
    oh….and then there’s you.
    I think you generated enough energy to power the large hadron collider in cerne….for several days.
    so much joy on display….a grin so wide at times it looked as though the top of your head might fall off!
    just the best front man for the best band ever.
    and, no, I’m not being a fanboy…..London was stunning, brighton even more so.
    I can’t imagine how you n’ the boys could be any better.
    the church are NOW…going out with the furs is a good idea but there’s nothing retro about your combo steve….a vital force in the world of contemporary music, which I know is your desire.
    well you proved it thus-fri, beyond any doubt.
    much love to you steve, and all your lovely and talented family too.
    and i’ll hold you to that song about Worcester!

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    danpaterno | 9 June 2015 at 1:26 am #

    Thanks, Man

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    brevinda2000 | 9 June 2015 at 4:47 am #

    Wow, what a great band the church are now that Marty is no longer on the scene…you must be soooo relived…how he must have held you back all these years.

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    rustywilloughby | 9 June 2015 at 5:56 am #

    it’s wonderful to see you in such a good place, mr. kilbey. i’ve been a fan since the start, have dabbled in the globe-trotting rock-n-roll arts and also have a grown 27 year old daughter who makes me proud every single day. it’s humbling to be able to reflect from such a vantage point.

    just ordered “something quite peculiar” and looking forward to the read!


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    Fireseed | 9 June 2015 at 7:33 am #

    All too much indeed! The London gig was an absolute knock-out. Well worth the long wait to see the Church back in Blighty…

    The band has become a titanic powerhouse and the new songs shone through. Great stage moves too, SK. Highlights for me: searing versions of Block and You Took…

    Come back soon and give us Pommie disciples another fix…

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    barvah | 9 June 2015 at 8:46 am #

    Aw Steve, I’m so happy for you! I’m glad the European Tour went well. So happy you guys are in a great place with your careers. You really are an amazing band and deserve all the accolades you receive. It was so touching reading this. Seeing you in a different light, as a father, is special. Thank you for putting it out there and sharing it with us. Just makes me love you even more! Donna xo

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    Steven Krut | 9 June 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    “it was the happiest and most fulfilling tour ever”

    That’s really great to hear.

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    cetaceus1 | 10 June 2015 at 1:19 am #

    We are lucky to be getting three gigs in WA; Margaret River, Bunbury and Perth. I used to live in both Margs and Bunbury; I nearly lived above the Prince of Wales but they didn’t have a spare room so I went to the Burlington pub instead… those were some days… free, without fetters, without worries. And the Burlington had shower curtains whereas the Prince of Wales had open showers like you see in prison. Now worries plague me endlessly as I am back living in Perth. The big city just isn’t for me but I live in government housing and try as I might could not get anyone to take on a private lease for a disability pensioner. I’d love to go see the show at the Rosemount but am afraid of crowds. No, the city is definitely not a place for me.

    Best of luck on your continued tour. I bet you slay.

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    flamingstu | 13 June 2015 at 5:07 am #

    Hi Steve, we loved the Brighton gig and was great to see the band in awesome form, but could u put us out of our misery….what was the intro music??? Great you’ve got some downtime now and spending time with the kids always good to be grounded keeps it real!!! Hope to see you on our shores and maybe Scotland’s!!! Very soon

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    Athanasius | 15 June 2015 at 8:29 am #

    Cologne. Cologne was fiery red. Actually, Cologne was the best Church show ever. On par with Brussels Botanique. Massive, magmatic, smouldering huge n burning cathedral of guitars bass drums. Two hours of wild bliss. Peter unleashed, producing those surreal freak-out enhancements of songs I thought I knew… Just like the master who can, of course, paint a photorealistic picture but chose to apply all those wild fauvistic brushes…because he can. Ian with his 12 string armada through the Orange amps. There is no drummer like Tim, playing like a symphonic orchestra with a thousand timbres….and all of you with the urgency to express and get all those songs onto the next ten levels. 35 years old Is this where you live sounding like an anthem from a future post rock planet… Lightning White like a strange ritual from somewhere (my wife’s fav moment)… Totally in awe: Pernath

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    Ingrid | 15 June 2015 at 9:49 am #

    I loved reading this beautiful, uplifting and positive blog. Enjoy your time there with your daughters xxx

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    Kraig | 16 June 2015 at 7:31 am #

    why is this site so hard to post to now? Too many filters and i’m saying nothing wrong. Already had 4 posts that went to neverneverland…out into cyberspace never to be seen again…what’s up with that Steve? Would love to have the old blog back, and the pictures are hidious dude, come on

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 16 June 2015 at 7:34 am #

      i meant to say the avatars are hideous dude, come on! LOL saying this in a joking manner. Hey looks like this went through!? Wow. So anyway, wanted to say and drop in and looking forward to seeing you guys in Urbana, IL USA again, last time was Chicago though. This one is only 2 hours away, Sweet Corn Festival, yeee haw! The Furs/The Church, too damn cool

  21. etta
    etta | 16 June 2015 at 3:05 pm #


  22. etta
    etta | 18 June 2015 at 6:28 am #

    Verd yew go?
    Op n over
    Rainbows of yesterday
    Still glow

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    rorag | 19 June 2015 at 12:18 am #


    Perhaps this request is dumb but I for one would love to hear the 2015 version of Seance. Not necessarily new takes on the songs but rather how you originally wanted the songs to sound. Those songs mean a lot to me personally, and I would love to hear them get their proper due from your perspective.

    Obviously, if you have to pay all royalties to someone else, it might not be of economic value to the band and I also understand that the creative side isn’t fed by rehashing an old flame.

    However, with the changes in technology and the ability to compose and mix from virtually any location, It would be an awesome gift to your long time fans. So, if you’re ever bored…

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      thetimebeing | 22 June 2015 at 12:05 am #

      a lotta people have mentioned this ronny
      but i can’t do it myself
      but would happy if someone else wanted a crack at it
      i gotta keep moving forwards
      besides…i only dislike the sound on half of it

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    aviucastan | 19 June 2015 at 6:07 pm #

    Que los dioses sean contigo, sk. El 29 de mayo en Barcelona (primavera Sound) vi el cielo. Gracias!

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    Bec | 21 June 2015 at 7:32 pm #

    you know, I agree so much with you about being proud of your children… daughter is the best thing I’ve ever done and she’s doing so much more and so much better than I ever did at her age…..
    love, love always…..❤

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    thetimebeing | 9 June 2015 at 8:41 am #

    we can only hope

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