posted on December 22, 2008 at 8:50 pm

a smallish but enthusiastic crowd
we played well
me raggedly but enthusiastically
we improvised a little more than last time
same set list
well received
very happy tho i wish more there
the wonderful sue c (n husband)
the marvellous iseult
the astonishing big smiles kate
who did indeed have big smiles
the dynamic duo lady di n therese
in matching blue n pink seance shirts
anakki bloody mayhem
(what a little stunner!)
who was sufficiently inspired to
form her own group)
my brother russell (who i slept with)
and lovely amy scully

capt mission
sir david r , prince among accountants
george the handsomest cabbie in the world
petaluma who did my merch
nelg looking healthy
margot smith
a lovely lady who gave me a bottle of jaeger
i wasnt expecting it
and the boys n i sat
absentmindedly drinking the stuff
and hit the straps half pissed
my bass was outta tune n tuner not working
i made a few mistakes in my half pissed
cookied up, slightly speeding
excited nervous condition
we had some great jams
ricky switched on his raagini
(an artificial tamboura drone)
and i sang hey krishna hey rama
hey vishnu narayana
i felt some energy pour into my sweaty head
little lights lit up on my bass
showing me where to put my fingers
an autocue spewed the words behind my eyes
everything was swimming before my eyes
the band pounded down like a beauty
william bowden…what a find!
scott von ryper …ditto
ricky maymi who is sick of reading his fuckin’ name
on this fuckin’ blog….hes a modest guy
but he rocks with a vengeance
he loves anything
he is the nazz
and the ultimate good vibes man
scott had a perfect gig from where i stood
i’m not sure what those 2 were doing a lot of the time
but i sure loved it so i let it wash over me
like the shoalhaven river just near braidwood
william called in the random spirits of the air
teepee the drummer
was huge
he did his usual incredible gig
what a drummer!
a rock i could n can depend on
4 very nice human beings
each excelling in some particular area
before the show
i did an interview with noise tv
watch sbs next weekend
i was a little over the top
some of my personae escaped
a curt n poufy tv presenter
a drunken scotsman berating the music biz
(complete with bad accent)
a drunken snobby old english git
a fool
an idiot
and a cretinous moron
all gleefully portrayed by moi
my wife was there
she looked beautiful
and was enthusiastic about my performance
and showed her appreciation in many ways
i did ok with merch
but didnt sell many prints
but sold a few cards
unfortunately (holly)
i gave some prints to the band for chrimbo
and one to m kennedy…
other painkiller facts
after strong smell in club
we were told to smoke our dope outside…
we said : we are smoking it outside!
for dinner i had bruschetta chips n pumpkin n macadamia soup
ricky scott n william all smoke cigarettes
william n tim like red wine
scott likes beer
i like jaeger
according to babysitter
the doodles went down easy
but the woofle batted on
n on n on n on
feeling good n refreshed today
guess what
i have 3 cds of new painkiller to listen to
i aint heard it before
this is whole band on second album…raw material
jorden brebach did a great mix!
hes also currently mixing new c. album
in his orange room studio in surry hills
i incorporated chrimbo carols into some songs
i wore a painkiller t shirt
my free david jones jeans
black socks
black boots
black underpants
two gold earrings
an expression of bewilderment
my bass being outta tune threw me for a loop
i was confused during first n second song
my e string was miles out
we finished on every hour god sends
grant came up with that title
when i was mocking him saying
grant works every hour god sends…that poor man…
he turned it around
it could be the theme song for 21 12 2012
i’m goin’ swimming now n taking the girls


44 Responses to “killer of pain”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 December 2008 at 10:35 pm #


    Great gig last night – on fire

    What a live sound !!


  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 December 2008 at 10:42 pm #

    Oh to have been there!m so glad it rocked,m sure it would have been incredible. painkillers please!xo

  3. avatar
    Richard | 22 December 2008 at 11:06 pm #

    I’m envious

    I want to hear the bit between 2:50 to 3:10 of Oenone live (although it already sounds pretty live)

    Second time you’ve mentioned Shoalhaven river in as many days. Have you seen Arthur Boyd’s Shoalhaven paintings? Best blues ever painted.

  4. avatar
    MEM | 22 December 2008 at 11:20 pm #

    peace be with u

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    matt davison | 22 December 2008 at 11:25 pm #

    Well yes what can I say….My dears would have loved to have been there..
    the painkillers did not get to me in time..

    I am a walking heartbreak..
    as painkiller rocks up in Dingo land I the biggest kiwi fan am sneaking a chrissy pres to my little girl at 10 pm..There is the new wankers ute up the drive at me Ol’ misses.. I stand looking at the house I once lived with her only weeks ago.. What must have been going on?? She doesnt read the blog anymore so It does not matter what I say… i CRY AND THEN ANGER MYSELF.. hitting trees as I walk home with Outbound in my head “and I must have fallen In love with you by MWP…whens it gonna stop..when eh!!

    can anyone tell me………


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    davem | 22 December 2008 at 11:29 pm #

    Hi SK.
    I was there in spirit…..
    I was at a Mighty Boosh gig in my Painkiller t-shirt!!
    Glad it went well. I’m excited to hear about the new Chrunch being mixed and PK2!!
    Love you sir and love to Ricky too.

  7. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 22 December 2008 at 11:35 pm #

    Lovely…I was really wondering what colour undies you were wearing! 😉

    Seriously, I sooooo very much wish I could’ve been there!! Leaving on a plane soon for Christmas with the fambly – so I want to wish you and yours a happy Christmas! Thank you Steve, for another year of beautiful words…each blog is a true gift and if you’d have told me 20 years ago I’d be reading Steve Kilbey’s thoughts, feelings, poetic ramblings, etc on a daily basis…well, my head wouldn’t have been able to get around it. It’s really quite amazing.

    I thank the Gods every day for all your talents you share with us. Have a safe, relaxing, peaceful holiday.
    love always,

  8. avatar
    William | 22 December 2008 at 11:44 pm #

    Sounds like much fun. As others, wish I could have been there.


  9. avatar
    melissa | 23 December 2008 at 12:04 am #

    I am now wandering around Sydney with a huge grin on my face this morning 😀

    Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou Steve and the guys, an awesome show (Streetlight and All India Radio were pretty fab too! 😉

    Best Xmas present ever .. so over the moon Kate came up to join me 😀

    lotsa love and thanks :)xx

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 December 2008 at 12:13 am #

    hurry up.m so over it,u.x 🙁

  11. avatar
    FRANCIS | 23 December 2008 at 12:24 am #

    Hey Steve a really great gig! Everything was very tight (in a loose, spaced-out kinda way!)

    I was disappointed by the turnout too…that was worthy of a sell-out.
    Only other downer…really annoying drunk girl standing right in the middle and talking to bloke ALL THE WAY THROUGH!!! I mean, I’m not a gig nazi, i don’t mind a bit of chat,but i swear she didn’t actually listen or look forward once. This has been a theme of a lot of recent gigs I’ve been to….I’ll never understand why people pay to get in somewhere and then pay no interest in it…

    Anyway, well done.

    Happy Christmas from muggy Tamarama!

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 December 2008 at 12:44 am #

    Wish I coulda been there Steve, my sister had a baby last night and we were all at the hospital. Glad to hear it went well….

  13. avatar
    captain mission | 23 December 2008 at 12:58 am #

    aloha people
    last night the setting sun was aflame with the promise of something as it slipped over the horizon and night came on. oxford street doing it’s best to look like the trendy mecca it once was but still looking like brighton beach in winter to me.
    i meet some friends from the church family of fans, it feels good to share this passion we all have for steve’s music. the support bands were good, a ‘street lighting song’ were mature and had the energy of a band just before they make it big, a short and sweet set. then ‘all india radio’ who were magnificent. a band i don’t really know very well but intend to discover in time.

    painkiller – a gig that can only be described in metaphors.
    i’ve seen many bands play amazing shows, but no one really ever bring music down to it’s core until you experience ‘painkiller.’
    at the risk of missing out on the spectacular visual backdrop that i have to say worked fantastically from the back where the images were whole landscapes mixed in with steve’s artwork and some mysterious photographs, ever changing behind the players, i closed my eyes, the sound transmuted into it’s raw pure material and the band wielded an energy. a synergy played with conviction and with just enough chaos to make it rock and roll. in this space the music did indeed shift and change layers upon layers of tone and soundscape, with the rich familiar play of steve’s words keeping the journey flowing, there were some great tangents and i personally loved the ‘krishna’ mantra. krishna at christmas, perfect and ‘jesus awoke before dawn, he put his boots on…’
    power, energy, masses of information downloaded uploaded, delivered to a small but very appreciative audience. these painkiller shots work best live. no one makes music quite like this, no one dares invoke these forces in their raw material.
    tim’s brilliant drumming always sounds massive and subtle at the same time.
    william controls the horizontal and the vertical, the 5th dimension, the outer limits, the vampyre dude has the ‘rock star mojo’ in spades without even trying, effortlessly, and the enigmatic mr. maymi creates a rich textured aural sculpture that does indeed throb and pulse and drone and oscillate wildly. steve keeps it all together, directing the energy and keeping that base throbbing like the engine room of some inter galactic space ship.
    it don’t get better than this, painkiller, live, awesome. the best xmas presence one can hope for.

  14. avatar
    veleska1970 | 23 December 2008 at 1:31 am #

    i wish i could have been there. 🙁

    thanks for the review, captain mission!! your description is very vivid and alive.

    have a good afternoon with your girls, steve.

    lotza love….

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 December 2008 at 1:46 am #

    yeah steve

  16. avatar
    CSTCoach | 23 December 2008 at 2:02 am #

    fuck, that sounds great!

    (and thanks for the review, Captain – beautifully said!)

    gotta get to one of these? are you taking it on the road, or do we have to come to Oz?

    very cool re: the new, raw Painkiller tracks 🙂

    and very cool to hear a new choich album is in the mix 🙂

    you guys rock – in spades

  17. avatar
    steve kilbey | 23 December 2008 at 2:22 am #

    hey mission
    thats quite a review
    makes it all worthwhile!
    i wish all you guys had been there……

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 December 2008 at 2:26 am #

    Time in ebb and flow
    music waving and weaving
    lifted and floating above the surface
    the outcome almost hidden
    such is the magic that is Painkiller

    sk, your music takes me to a special place and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be

    what a beautiful feeling……
    over and over…….

    Thank you for another dose and another memorable night

    Don’t worry about the house situation sk, it will all work out. The bad vibes of 2008 will soon be gone.

    Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy Christmas and New Year.

    Much love
    Lady Di

  19. avatar
    Freddie | 23 December 2008 at 2:40 am #

    Sweet! But I knew it’d be.
    Mission, I enjoyed your review.

    Lookin’ forward to the new Painkiller & Church too!

    Now, I’m off to see if i can find some of this awesomeness on YouTube 🙂

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 December 2008 at 2:45 am #

    Thank u very much for the huge overdose of Painkiller lassa nite.
    I was very much in need of it and think it may just last till the new year.

    Congrats on another amazing gig, the band rocked! Some of the best musos around in the band, the perfect combo. You lit up the stage, the bass was pumping, you were in top form. Loved it just as much as the first one. Can't get "Every hour god sends" outta my head, will have to play the cd.

    Wishing you and the fambley a safe and happy Christmas. Hope Santa is good to you. Looking forward to 09 to see more solo/band gigs (still got the fingers crossed for news of a Church gig).

    Peace & love

  21. avatar
    ross b | 23 December 2008 at 2:46 am #

    Steve, it was a brilliant gig – I just let that power and musical brilliance wash over and envelop me, I was in the zone, it was heaven, and that is xmas as far as I'm concerned.

    How great it is to hear the tracks off Painkiller live and in full force again!

    I drank too many beers last night yet woke up this morning feeling fuckin' fabulous!

    I know who Di & Therese are now, they were standing in front of me dancing away…next time I'll say hello!

    …and it was good to run off into the night with a copy of your book. The woman handling your merch is very lovely, wish I had more of a chance to sit around and kind of chat, y'know..

    A fantastic night Steve, thank you so much,
    Respect & love, rb

  22. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 23 December 2008 at 2:51 am #

    If you included the wind-chill it’s been 48 consecutive hours of dangerous below zero weather in Chicago. I’m not surprised that Sk’s gig was great.

    RE: Attendance

    Hindsight check. If in 1980 the band was named Steve Kilbey and the Church there would be much bigger crowds for 2008 SK solo and Painkiller gigs. Most well-read music fans have heard of The Church but only a fraction of them know the names of the individual members. In 2000 ten Def Leppard fans took me to a gig and only two knew who Joe Elliott was. That band can draw 10,000 fans but a Joe Elliott gig would be lucky to draw 1000. And he’s the band’s main man.

  23. avatar
    matt davison | 23 December 2008 at 4:02 am #

    nobody reads my comments anymore..
    am I too depressing??

    Oh’ I dunno…


    better change my blogger pic i spose….

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 December 2008 at 5:49 am #

    Hey Matt, as we say here in Texas. If one horse bucks you off then find another horse to ride.

  25. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 23 December 2008 at 8:23 am #

    WAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! you have no idea of how much i wanted to be there….sounds fucking unbelievable…..will have to console myself with the idea of more painkiller coming our way sometime in the not too distant future (i sencerely hope!!!!!!)
    love always…..

  26. avatar
    verdelay | 23 December 2008 at 9:01 am #

    Second album? I’ve just started listening to the first.I’m allowing it to penetrate in it’s own time. More when I wake up from it.

    Glad the giggle went well. Hardly surprised that it did: It’s all Chemistry vs Physics vs Biology in a threeway battle for ascendency; reign them in to play equal parts and you’re cooking.


  27. avatar
    heather | 23 December 2008 at 10:00 am #

    Thanks for the review, Captain. It sounds like it sounds like it should

    Whoohoo! I wish I had been there.


  28. avatar
    Shirley Sally | 23 December 2008 at 11:00 am #

    Glad the gig went so well and would have given my eye teeth to be there, however only 2 days until husband unwraps his painkiller cd and can get to hear it. Also glad your boots, socks and underpants matched. I laughed at you wearing an expression of bewilderment. Would love to hear you do a druken scot bereating the music biz – I do a very good version of that myself.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 December 2008 at 11:09 am #

    haha,BUT,i happen to know that Kamahl did a gig at 10am this morning,at the Kyneton Town Hall…haha…know how i know??haha…some gigs are bigger than others,…haha…;D xoxoxo

  30. avatar
    Celticat | 23 December 2008 at 11:26 am #

    Wish I could have been there too, but tis a long and expensive way away from WA.

    Glad it went well, and happy to hear you sound so up.


  31. avatar
    Celticat | 23 December 2008 at 11:28 am #

    Matty D,

    been there and it’s orrible. Walk tall mate, it does get better.


  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 December 2008 at 11:57 am #

    Oh my, I am still high as a kite – must have been that big dose of Painkiller!

    Everything about last night just buzzed me and I wore big smiles for good reason. Melissa and I had a great time sharing it together and loved every minute (Thanks beautiful lady). So good to also meet Sue Cee, Kevin, Captain Mission and Kate Away. I did not meet NK but I did see her and she did look beautiful.

    Painkiller: big and bassy and best loud and live!

    Song For the Masking
    Crystalline Rush
    Forever Lasts For Nothing
    (Ragine Jam)
    Look Homeward Angel
    Not What You Say
    Every Hour

    Thanks also to Scott and Ricky – so lovely of you to take a minute to sign the playlist (yes I got the freaking playlist!) and for letting us take some pics. Most of all to you SK, thank you for such an uplifting experience, from the music to the photos and taking the time to talk to us. And it was as if you knew that Every Hour has been a bit of a theme of mine of late… I couldn’t believe I was hearing it!

    Will try and post pics and playlist on Church Facebook and BigSmiles Kate MySpace when I get the chance after Christmas.

    Big loves and biggest smiles,


  33. avatar
    eek | 23 December 2008 at 12:00 pm #

    I’m so glad it went well. I would have so loved to have been there. I’m always a bit sad to hear of the great shows I’m missing…guess it makes the ones I do see even sweeter. I still love hearing about it though.

    I was going to mention on here a few days before the gig about you having prints there, but my brain just didn’t quite click and I forgot. So…listen up folks…when you go to a SK gig take lots of cash because you know you’re going to want to buy stuff. (everything is usually a good price at shows too)

    Thrilled to hear about the new Painkiller music — very exciting!! New Church album info is exciting as well.

    feeling good n refreshed today

    Always a good thing.

  34. avatar
    matthew | 23 December 2008 at 2:21 pm #

    Oh so very sad to have been fundalitionally prevented from attending the gig… really glad you felt good about it tho Steve.

    Matty D – from one Matt to another, man I *did* read your comment, and felt profoundly sad for you. I can understand pretty well that scenario too… BUT all I can say is: it will get better. Hope that helps, at least a little.

  35. avatar
    restaurant mark | 23 December 2008 at 2:40 pm #

    jealous, envious…and any other way i could say i wish i was there! i’m sure it was amazing.

    my wife’s ordering painkiller off of church merch for my christmas present! that’s all i wanted. i’ve only gotten to hear 3 of the songs…so i can’t wait to hear it in it’s proper form!

    take care everyone

  36. avatar
    nickfiction | 23 December 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    a good read …. as usual .. thanks / NF

  37. avatar
    jax | 23 December 2008 at 5:28 pm #

    hey not fair.. I wanna hear live Plainkilter -pweeze..anyone make a recording? How long did Not What you Say go on for?.. oh those live whaleblips..commeon, somoney your great even with an outtatuner Fenderbass..

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    Anonymous | 23 December 2008 at 5:37 pm #


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    davem | 23 December 2008 at 7:37 pm #

    SK, you’re a genius.
    Please get those trusty calves to blighty!
    April 30th 2007 is toooooooooooooo long without a Kilbey live fix.

  40. avatar
    davem | 23 December 2008 at 7:40 pm #

    Mark….Happy chrimble via Church Merch!
    Fuck the Queens speech. I suggest a dose of white hippy Moses!

  41. avatar
    steve kilbey | 23 December 2008 at 8:37 pm #

    how did i forget you????

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 December 2008 at 10:03 pm #

    Well, now I feel I’ve really missed out on something. Thank you, Captain Mission, for the review. Does Isolde have a few words for us on the subject? I do enjoy her perspectives.

    Sounds like all the usual suspects/subjects were there and a good time was had by all. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it, alas, not to be.


  43. avatar
    isolde | 24 December 2008 at 12:15 pm #


    sk’s haircut was short
    his charm was boyish
    his thighs were steely
    his humour was excellent
    his affection was boundless
    his voice was ravishing
    his wife was gorgeous
    his fans were euphoric
    his band were a veritable
    smorgasbord of eye candy

    but the evening was not complete

    without b.bon

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    lily was here | 25 December 2008 at 2:10 pm #

    Every Hour was the Jack frosting on the top of the cake. Man, what a brilliant gig, what a night!
    S l o w l y descending to earth from cloud 18. BTW I filmed an incredible song at soundcheck! If only i had a decent recorder.
    KC loved the gig and all the druids. Painkiller is THE coolest name he's ever heard.

    Steven – beautiful charming man, on stage, so nice to be near; skipper of your band of musicians but letting them channel their own energy. Tim –summoned up his mojo vibe from outer space, how does he do it? Ricky raagini – the coolest flower child, dressed head to toe in black; jazzed it up, jazzed it down. William – a master and a gentleman; the atmosphere wizard / spiritmaster, Scott von Vampyre – the gothic guitar prince adding his magnetism to the mix!  Nice to meet ya Jorden B

    Painkiller is a whole new INCREDIBLE experience in the flesh. All of you took it to a whole different level, a higher plane. Oenone was stunning/ No need to worry about the guys SK, you all were in tune with each other. I loved watching you feed off each other’s intensity with the music just falling into place.

    And how good were those support bands ‘astreetlightsong’ and ‘all india radio’ – first-class. Loved’em both! Looking fw to yr drunken Scotsman impersonation  Trust me to venture out at the wrong time & miss out on some J. My filmage is awaiting transfer, hope to have it on youtube soon.

    Hey to my partner in crime Iseult! And the Turkish tea crew Captain, Kate and Mel (luvly to meet you two). Margot, Rod & C, Sir David R, Vince J. nelG! Missed you Annaki. Painkiller fans rock to the beat of a different strum. I wish all the TTB’ers could’ve been there. Hey to Mr Ricky xx, Jane and William B. What a buzz to meet up with Russell K and Amy and run into NK again(who always looks gorgeous). Happy Christmas/Hanukkah season everyone. Painkiller Chapter 2 – bring it on

    Sue xxxxx

    Ps matt, let the flow take you, don’t be ashamed to cry. It’s cliché but time really is a great healer.

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