posted on February 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm

sisyphus on demand

lightheaded

la and san fran

we played great

and they verily did come to dig it

and lo it was dug

now i write to you from a van speeding up the west coast maan

bridges and huge rivers and cars speedpast

hurtle into the night heading north

the Β church seems to have turned a corner

we are playing very well

i have to go

its too hard to type in a moving vehicle

please post reviews in comments!

sk

43 Responses to “jewel stained lake be shaken or be sunk”

  1. avatar
    eekie | 6 February 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    I was about to be all impressed that you were able to type in a moving vehicle too!

    I can’t even look down while riding in a car without feeling as if I’m gonna puke. Yeah, I know…that was more information than you really wanted to know, wasn’t it?

    I’m thrilled the shows are going so well. Told you you’d do well. You should always listen to miss eekie. πŸ˜‰

  2. avatar
    Daniel W. | 6 February 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Safe travels to you guys. I really wish money would allow me to travel to one of these shows!!

  3. avatar
    Craig Miller | 6 February 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Great show. The venue was a bit strange, with everyone sitting down. Somewhere between a normal rock venue and a dinner theater. But the church rocked it. On Angel Street was a definite highlight. Anchorage too. Disillusionist was also great, with SK brandishing his lyric sheet like a bible thumping preacher. Chaos was magnificent. I mean, the whole set was great.
    I got the sense that amongst the faithful were a lot of newbies and casual fans who really had their socks knocked off by a show they weren’t expecting to be this great.
    Steve, wish I could have talked more yoga with you after the show, but perhaps another time. Rest assured I am once again inspired and back to my practice. And inspired creatively, as I dive into my own new musical project during my next week’s vacation.

    Thanks for a great show. I hope I can catch one more before the tour’s over.

    Craig

  4. avatar
    Lurking | 6 February 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Nice SF show!

    Loads of energy Mr. Kilbey. Not too much banter. Giving up comedy for music, perhaps?

    Anyway, congrats on the sell out at Great America. I wish the same success at each venue.

    Craig (I believe is his name) ads just what is needed for rounding out the sound.

    Do take care of your voice. Three albums a night is a lot of singing!

    And thank you for treating everyone to three terrific albums.

    I will admit to being mildly curious as to why Past and Perfect didn’t equate to Starfish and P=A, respectfully. I love both albums but was always under the impression P=A was regarded as ‘perfect’ by certain memebrs of the band up until the last decade or so.

    Anyway, I am glad I got to hear P=A sooner rather than later in the evening.

    Hats off to the crew for all the gear changes and musical accompanyment.

    Matt

  5. avatar
    Vic | 6 February 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    Lovely time at El Rey. Jay Dee is a drummer’s drummer. Missed the mesmerizing beats of Priest=Aura, but the rest of the evening was a joy! Thank you.

  6. avatar
    queenhatshepsut | 6 February 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Steven,
    I thought my God, the man is already a genius AND he can TYPE in a moving vehicle too? LOL. Nice to see even that’s a bit tough for you too. Still thinking about the brilliance I experienced at the El Rey. Almost convinced myself to buy a plane ticket to go see you with my brother in Atlanta. Then sadly I had to come to my senses. Impossible right now. I’ll just have to console myself with all the wonderful links to the first show people are sharing. Enjoy Seattle – I know they’re going to enjoy you!
    Love,
    Denise xxoo

  7. avatar
    Vernon Harmon | 6 February 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    Steve! Saw you in SF last night. You guys blew me away! I was the guy waiting outside when you dashed away after the gig and I shouted thanks to you for a great show. πŸ™‚ I appreciated the wave in acknowledgement even though you were hustling off.

    I appreciate that (as you mentioned during the show) you didn’t want to break the flow between the songs, so you kept the spoken word to a minimum, but I definitely missed hearing your wit and anecdotes, which are a very enjoyable part of every show.

    You seemed to really be enjoying yourself, which made the show even better. Good luck with the rest of the tour. Can’t wait for the new record to transport me to yet another world.

    –V.

  8. avatar
    robertmadore | 6 February 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    Glad to hear you’re killin’ it Killer. Wave when you pass southern Oregon.

    This might be entertaining for you and the boy’s.

    http://thehighdials.net/words/song-by-song-recording-anthems/song-8/

  9. avatar
    Ryan | 6 February 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Looking fwd to seeing you guys in Seattle Killa. This will be an epic show.

  10. avatar
    Freddie | 6 February 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    Been hearing only good things about the show so far!
    Teasing videos on YouTube, tease, tease, tease.
    Can’t wait to see it!

  11. avatar
    hellbound heart | 6 February 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    glad the mojo’s happening……
    love always…..

  12. avatar
    Blake | 6 February 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Welcome to America!

  13. avatar
    gregg | 6 February 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    I have never been too a 3 album concert by anyone-you guys rocked the house last night-it seemed like it was all business last night-not much interaction with the crowd, like the last few gigs. every song was so tight, just like the albums thanks for a great night and coming to the bay area 3 years in a row-please make it a fourth. gregg

  14. avatar
    rhk | 6 February 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    Yes, you are all playing very, very well. Privileged to see the LA show and lucky to also be bound to Seattle for both shows. There is quite a little buzz building about the Church in the past few days in response to the audacious feat of playing three great albums with such command in one event. I’m sure you know thechurchband facebook page has links to a plethora of rave reviews. Bodes very well for the next album, the next reissues, next tour etc.

    Stay well, heading into winter…

    – Bob

  15. avatar
    nine fathom | 6 February 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    hurry up to seattle and give a holler if you want a good veggie place to check out!! nine_fathom at gmail

  16. avatar
    nine.fathom | 6 February 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    oops, not nine_fathom, nine.fathom

  17. avatar
    isolde | 6 February 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    big talents deserve big dreams and big schemes
    all the best
    isolde
    xxx

  18. avatar
    davem | 6 February 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Jealous. Jealous. Jealous.
    But it’s great to hear you talking so positively about the band.
    We have no tour to look forward to but I can’t wait for the next album!
    x

  19. avatar
    esne snoner | 6 February 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    great news sk – i’m wondering if the corner the church has turns leads them on to stages in large sit-down venues where people are compelled to sit in wonder at that which is coming at them – less of the done-to-death rock shows in pubs – more of the unique and engaging performances in concert halls – april 10 now looms as a hugely significant event in the band’s eclectic history

    in the meantime please consider treating us to future past perfect at the enmore or the state upon return from the u s of a – what a celebration that would be

  20. avatar
    princey | 6 February 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Hi sk, glad to see and hear you’re well and enjoying yourself so far. From what I’ve seen (LA concert) floating around Facebook and on youtube, The Church are sounding and looking fab, better than ever!! I’ve watched the clips over and over, thinking how awesome it’d be to actually be there! wow!!!
    Take care on the road and hope to hear from u soon πŸ™‚
    love Amanda

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    besides you all performed better than perfect — I think those around us were as amazed too — that was the best song, then another, no that was even better,,, and on and on throughout the night, the wardrobe changes for each album… so retro. perfect touch. …a lovely lady was taking pictures and filming for you guys… she sat at our table for awhile and was so charming to talk with. Informed she was travelling with you at least on the West Coast portion… up to Seattle for those shows. After she asked my son’s girlfriend and me if we would comment… we should have informed her that you know those wonderful discussions we had while you sat with us? Well, don’t expect the same when you put the camera in front of us… blank. so sorry, we lost our words. Here would be the edited version (we discussed as we walked home): the first year I saw the Church play, I had been travelling, and everywhere I went, friends had tickets to see you — I got to see you three times during that one tour by coincidence. A few years later, twice in one tour in different cities — also by coincidence. Each of those (5) were perfection. And then the last years through SF, have seen each. So when asked how did we think this performance was, I was thinking how do I say this performance is the best I’d ever seen without taking away the perfection of the past? had I the chance to retell: you were perfect back then, but better now. It was truly beautiful. The one part I remain set that I told her… teenagers! And you were. Have a lovey rest of your tour and stay safe.

    Fine form by the way — someone can leep like a dancer! I went home and after walking a dog… still thinking about the show, I put on the music and mimicked your choreography (and part I perfected your choreography to the point, stage show on Broadway… well, in my mind at least — your lines were great, I was impressed). Wow! unfortunately for me, one of my leeps was to high and I flew into my secretary’s desk – ouch! — and will be bruised for the next few days — and I studied dance — see you are the graceful one… and Marty’s knees with his bends — wonderful! Again, teenagers. There, explaining it that way, I don’t feel like I’ve diminished your brilliance since onset saying this was the best show ever.

    Thank God for sunglasses though. (and she showed me some of her shots on the camera’s screen; beautiful — can’t wait to see what she gets from you in Seattle… she’s a gift.)

  22. avatar
    Steve | 6 February 2011 at 10:16 pm #

    Hey Steve. Brian reckons you’re looking more and more like him! Sorry about that! πŸ˜‰ Would love to be able to see the shows. Glad all’s going well. Cheers

  23. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen | 6 February 2011 at 10:52 pm #

    Very envious of my american Church fiends. Too bad my fellow countrymen are clueless, when it comes to truly great music. I only hope that one day The Church will return, anyway!

  24. avatar
    xine | 7 February 2011 at 12:28 am #

    http://www.lynashby.com/Sisyphus%20Goes%20Home.html
    A simple yet beautiful book that illustrates how lifes journey is……..

    • avatar
      Lara | 8 February 2011 at 2:21 am #

      very cool book artist. thanks for this link.

  25. avatar
    Wilfred Paradise | 7 February 2011 at 1:04 am #

    go East, young man. wilfred p

  26. avatar
    brian ison | 7 February 2011 at 1:42 am #

    Jazzed

  27. avatar
    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 7 February 2011 at 2:15 am #

    Wishing you great health, rest, and happiness during this tour. See you in 5 days. Woken up to even more snow here in Chicago…its like a plague that will never end !!!

    Please be safe as you travel across the U.S.

    AsAlways,
    Darrin K.

  28. avatar
    Once | 7 February 2011 at 2:40 am #

    “and lo it was dug”.

    Hahahahaha! Feels like I was there. In spirit, anyway.

    Drank banana and coconut water smoothies. Potassium. May have added some rum. πŸ˜‰ Not feeling much better physically, but I have one helluva good vibe about The Church. I am usually right about such things.

    And I can type in a moving vehicle.

    πŸ™‚

  29. avatar
    knot | 7 February 2011 at 2:45 am #

    in druid vapor
    and make the torches dim…

    the church cast a magnificent spell in san francisco. all 3 albums woke dreams, dark, fiery, sad, nostalgic. the audience was swept up into the ether, and applauded wildly. regrettable seating, as i did not buy the dinner ticket and so was seated in the back of the audience. i found the constant bar service to the front tables to be an unwelcome distraction. however, i can forgive all as the sound at the historic gahm was so lush and spot on.

    we thank thee, oh inviolate rose

  30. avatar
    danastray | 7 February 2011 at 2:48 am #

    Hey Steve, looking forward to a LONG night of heavenly Church tunes! Seattle is blessed to have two shows at The Triple Door, you guys must like it here! Yes? Anyway best of luck on this momentous endeavour, and welcome to the Emerald City. See ya Tues. night,
    Cheers, Dana
    p.s. I was the one who gave you “Close Your Eyes” at last years Acoustic show…then after getting a bite and drink after the show, fortune shined, and was able to shake your hand just as you were leaving in the van later that night.

  31. avatar
    Lara | 7 February 2011 at 2:58 am #

    Yes, you are “playing very well” indeed. πŸ˜‰ I agree with Vernon in that I missed your on-stage comments, but I appreciate that you had a gigantic set to get through. Your voice has never sounded better; it’s so resonant and layered now. I met an old friend at the show. He used to be huge Church fan back when I first met him, but he hadn’t listened your music in years. Complete re-conversion. He had a huge smile on his face the whole time even though he’s physically challenged and had a hard time staying comfortable through the long set. As for me, I’ve mostly been listening to your recent music–U #23, Isidore, Painkiller, and the wonderful gb3 album. But wow is the earlier stuff powerful. It made the ground under my feet dissolve.

    Take care of yourself on the rest of the tour.

    L

  32. avatar
    Mari Hall | 7 February 2011 at 3:18 am #

    Great show at The El Rey. You guys brought the house down with your absolute and extraordinary melodic music. One had to be there in the flesh to experience the magic. The sound that came from the guitars is still ringing in my very soul today. The show in SF was also fantastic! Too bad I had to really sit in the peanut gallery this time and dog gone it, my camera was missing the sd card. But when the show started I forgot about all my troubles once again. Learning the story about naming Star Fish, and not caving in to the record companies suggestions was inspiring as well as your poetic moment about the bucket full of starfish, what a loving moment. You guys seemed looser at the SF show, and the acoustics allowed me to hear your vocals better too. Have a great time in Seattle. Lovingly, Mari XXOOXXOO

  33. avatar
    Mike | 7 February 2011 at 5:37 am #

    Thanks for the great marathon performance! Some of my favorite lines from albums played at SF show…

    One solar day, suddenly you’re old…
    Makes destination start to unfold

    Wish I knew what you were looking for
    Might have known what you would find

    Gray stands the tower in the distance
    Days pass like warm sun on the face

    I paid eighty dollars for this wedding ring
    I couldn’t take it off if I tried

    A sudden voltage in the night, with a rainforest girl
    As we float downstream to the Amazon River
    Where the black waters swirl
    I say, why are you people wearing those masks?
    I say, can we be reconciled?
    She says the mother of the storm has to roam the sky
    Searching for her child

    But a part of me will never be free
    And the part that’s free will never be me

    You’re a human sacrifice to the goddess of vice

    And it’s lust and sloth and pride
    That makes me want to
    Ride the roller coaster for all that it’s worth
    Live it all up to the hilt
    If you can’t take it with you
    Away from this earth
    Might as well take it full tilt

    Strike while the irony is hot

    Things get jumbled up in a fever when you are young

    There can never be an ending
    We are endless like the sky

    And another thing, that halo you wear on your head
    I haven’t seen one of those for years
    Where have you been?

    And kings will come, years will pass
    Stars burn cold beneath the glass
    And days will glow in distant times
    In distorted haze the zebras graze

    In deserts where the dust storm blows
    And lush black swamps where mandrake grows
    We’re marching laughing to the drum
    Waiting for those kings to come

    His gold won’t buy him sleep
    His poverty runs so deep
    In winter he cracks, in summer he warp

    Half this wretched town is starving
    While the other half are bloated
    Everybody hates the bastards in power
    But their pill is sugar coated

    None of this is what I wanted
    I truly asked for what I got

    Oh you helpless birdlings, nobody wants you
    How will you ever survive out of the nest
    And the wolf will put his nose in
    And the water is so frozen
    You’ll have to swim like all the rest

    On our way to crush the revolution
    Camp by a lake in the blackened lands
    Dealing out love and retribution
    Dealing out the deadman’s hand

    They got their rationales
    They had their winning streaks (it’s never enough)
    They better jump on the clock
    They better count up their winnings

    When the honeyed days of love return
    And the king is drunk upon his throne
    City’s empty and the crystal burnt
    I should take some space
    Be with you some place

    I ripped up my return ticket
    I hurled it into the sky
    I knelt down, I kissed the ground
    I knew then it was your turn to fly

    Darkness returning
    My torch keeps on burning for you
    In the life you keep on spurning
    Everything is hurting me

    Life is short (phosphorescent rim of the sun)
    So don’t be long (turn to face it as the comets come)

    Music plays
    Space between the notes full of haze
    Piano, drums and trumpets
    Just like the old days

  34. avatar
    Mike-SF | 7 February 2011 at 5:38 am #

    Thanks for the great marathon performance! Some of my favorite lines from albums played at SF show…

    One solar day, suddenly you’re old…
    Makes destination start to unfold

    Wish I knew what you were looking for
    Might have known what you would find

    Gray stands the tower in the distance
    Days pass like warm sun on the face

    I paid eighty dollars for this wedding ring
    I couldn’t take it off if I tried

    A sudden voltage in the night, with a rainforest girl
    As we float downstream to the Amazon River
    Where the black waters swirl
    I say, why are you people wearing those masks?
    I say, can we be reconciled?
    She says the mother of the storm has to roam the sky
    Searching for her child

    But a part of me will never be free
    And the part that’s free will never be me

    You’re a human sacrifice to the goddess of vice

    And it’s lust and sloth and pride
    That makes me want to
    Ride the roller coaster for all that it’s worth
    Live it all up to the hilt
    If you can’t take it with you
    Away from this earth
    Might as well take it full tilt

    Strike while the irony is hot

    Things get jumbled up in a fever when you are young

    There can never be an ending
    We are endless like the sky

    And another thing, that halo you wear on your head
    I haven’t seen one of those for years
    Where have you been?

    And kings will come, years will pass
    Stars burn cold beneath the glass
    And days will glow in distant times
    In distorted haze the zebras graze

    In deserts where the dust storm blows
    And lush black swamps where mandrake grows
    We’re marching laughing to the drum
    Waiting for those kings to come

    His gold won’t buy him sleep
    His poverty runs so deep
    In winter he cracks, in summer he warp

    Half this wretched town is starving
    While the other half are bloated
    Everybody hates the bastards in power
    But their pill is sugar coated

    None of this is what I wanted
    I truly asked for what I got

    Oh you helpless birdlings, nobody wants you
    How will you ever survive out of the nest
    And the wolf will put his nose in
    And the water is so frozen
    You’ll have to swim like all the rest

    On our way to crush the revolution
    Camp by a lake in the blackened lands
    Dealing out love and retribution
    Dealing out the deadman’s hand

    They got their rationales
    They had their winning streaks (it’s never enough)
    They better jump on the clock
    They better count up their winnings

    When the honeyed days of love return
    And the king is drunk upon his throne
    City’s empty and the crystal burnt
    I should take some space
    Be with you some place

    I ripped up my return ticket
    I hurled it into the sky
    I knelt down, I kissed the ground
    I knew then it was your turn to fly

    Darkness returning
    My torch keeps on burning for you
    In the life you keep on spurning
    Everything is hurting me

    Life is short (phosphorescent rim of the sun)
    So don’t be long (turn to face it as the comets come)

    Music plays
    Space between the notes full of haze
    Piano, drums and trumpets
    Just like the old days

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 7 February 2011 at 8:47 am #

      thanks Mike for “his gold won’t buy him sleep”, I could never quite get that line!
      How did Sunken Sun sound live, it’s a beautiful song πŸ™‚

      • avatar
        Mike-SF | 8 February 2011 at 3:37 am #

        Sunken Sun was a huge surprise for me live. The song doesn’t really do it for me on the album but live it was incredible. Sung to the backdrop of a slide of a the sun sinking into the sky or sea?

  35. avatar
    Kristoffer | 7 February 2011 at 5:40 am #

    Thanks for the great show in L.A.! I made the drive from Phoenix solo, and it was woth every second of the 12 hours roundtrip! Unfortunately, El Rey staff was clearing us out soon after the show, so I didn’t get a chance to say hi and thank you guys for the all hard work to bring the 3 albums live. So, Thanks! Also, thanks again for giving AZ a another shot back in 2006. Safe travels!

  36. avatar
    Jason (jmb066) | 7 February 2011 at 6:49 am #

    Sold out shows
    Rave reviews
    Hotel Womb, alive and well
    Facebook reviews and excitement
    You Tube is exploding with The Church (I cant Look)
    Driving in from Detroit
    Concert of a Lifetime
    Three incredible albums
    2011=The Church

    All well desreved, I cant wait until the 11th.

    Travel Safe,

    Jason

    PS-Do you have any copies of Earthed/Nineveh at the merch table? Mine became a coloring book. My son needed a book, my fault for leaving it in reach.

  37. avatar
    veleska1970 | 7 February 2011 at 10:49 am #

    glad to hear that everything is going so awesomely.

    safe travels to y’all.

    lotza love….

  38. avatar
    Cecilia | 8 February 2011 at 9:33 am #

    The acoustics were perfect at the GAMH, you could hear every string strummed, every breath on the microphone, every bang on the drum. The appreciative roars from the crowd confirmed what we’ve never doubted: The Church are relevant and their staying power undeniable. Highlights for this humble moody maiden were: Space Saviour (how on Earth were we supposed to sit still for that?); Deadman’s Hand and Pangea came off superbly sublime and gorgeous. Aura and Feel changed the planet’s rotation and Spark then Reptile sent people into frenzied delight. It was a perfect night and no repairs were needed.

  39. avatar
    Ellen | 9 February 2011 at 10:13 am #

    I’ve been meaning to purchase P = A, and after hearing it live, I’m definitely buying it! There are some songs on that LP that took my breath away…

    Loved the energy in the room and, frankly, I like the El Rey venue much better than The Roxy. For one, it’s bigger and, secondly, it’s a bit more up-scale venue.

    Rock on!!

  40. avatar
    Grant | 10 February 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    I saw the SF show and couldn’t believe how you well you guys could play it. I brought a new fan who hadn’t heard anything since Starfish, and he was really impressed. I particularly enjoyed the seriousness that you gave the music and the drama of it all. The Disillusionist was a highlight for me. Thanks so much for your hard work and dedication to your fans.


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