posted on December 10, 2009 at 6:07 am

under a summer leaden sky
oppressively hanging down
wake up in darkness of a strange room
pull open curtains
we in some weird motel
people work on the gardens
theres a tennis court
theres a pool
theres a little bridge
i walk out over the grass
an ant immediately bites my big toe
and a bindi gets stuck in my foot (a small thorny weed)
all around australian nature presses in
omniscient omnipotent
the cicadas wail away in the trees
i feel rough
old and achey
check the internet
no internet
i watch tv for a while
a tv show about a bondi vet
and a dog who swallowed a whole ham
n threw up until its eyes popped out
(i kid you not)
and dogs peeing on the xmas tree
(great balls of fire!)
last night….
last night was hard work
crammed together on a tiny stage
we bump into each other incessantly
we dont feel like we’re loud enuff
my monitors start playing up
n i feel like chucking the whole thing in
a long way from the glamour of the big shows
like a showbiz trooper i persevere
(what choice did i have?)
we get thru
no second encore tho
i immediately go downstairs n have a nap
until its all over
n we drive off in the quiet darkness
to find our strange hotel
is a lovely venue in newk-ass-hell
2 nights sold out…big deal…..
meanwhile a new showbiz opportunity has arisen for yer humble hero
man the offers are flowing in thicknfast
will let you know more as it comes to hand
gee i wont have to be a postie just yet
that will disappoint our obsessive pest i guess
sitting backstage
waiting to sound cheque
see ya 2morro

22 Responses to “leaden sky”

  1. avatar
    cazziem | 10 December 2009 at 7:54 am #

    Chin up Killa! Remember what I told you way back on 29th September??

    “You are not here merely to make a living; you are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world!”

    So with the exception of most of those who share the name of Anon; the majority of which have such a sad existence they have to spend their every waking hour trying (unsuccessfully) to upset the love and admiration that is fed back to you from your followers at ttb, I'm sure every one like me, who regularly, nay daily, has the NEED as well as the desire to see, hear and read what you have to say here will 100% agree with the quote above. Now let's see, in the last month that's the greater part of 17,987 of us and still counting!!!

    So, have a great night tonight and we look forward to hearing all about it soon.

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    Richard | 10 December 2009 at 8:37 am #

    great news about the showbiz opportunity

    …so long as we're not about to hear about the mangy panther and the randy tiger

  3. avatar
    Jasperina | 10 December 2009 at 8:45 am #

    I can't imagine myself what it must be like giving all one night then having to do it again the next. How you find what is so deep within I do not know. It is the mystery. Just now its feeling quite palpable that soon in Sydney you'll be playing. Oh the bindis will get ya everysummertime and those ants are always looking for a big toe to bite…but my one special prayer is that the Church plays on…and on

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    Hellbound Heart | 10 December 2009 at 8:46 am #

    hope these offers bear fruit (and $$$) for you…..

    man, sounds like you need to go home…….

    love always….

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 December 2009 at 9:11 am #

    Hey Kilbey,
    Great concert last night, its obviously not your favourite stage to work on but we all left happy. I was with a table of church newbies and they were all very impressed.Thanks for returning to the coast so quickly after last concert and hope it happens again soon. Its quite a luxury to see the best and be only 5 mins from home.
    ps when in newcastle, check out merewether ocean baths, the biggest pool you will ever see.

  6. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 10 December 2009 at 9:47 am #

    see ya in neverland esskay, I'm almost with you…

  7. avatar
    fantasticandy | 10 December 2009 at 10:10 am #

    iv'e never had a good gig yet!
    or a least that's the way it seems when yer onstage…..
    someone or something always goes wrong.
    back in the(english)summer,
    after a particularly rough 'dudes' gig with no soundcheck, busted monitors et al,
    a guy dashed up to us and proclaimed it was the most exciting thing he'd seen since pink floyd at earls court!
    i reckon the pub we played must have spiked the beer.

    c'mon…you 'n the druids are a great live band..even when your'e not.
    know what i mean?
    i'd love to be at one of those sold-out perth gigs….
    oh well……………………………………..

  8. avatar
    Freddie | 10 December 2009 at 12:36 pm #

    While not everything may be going perfectly, it seems that some things are going right 🙂

  9. avatar
    veleska1970 | 10 December 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    ooooo i can't wait to hear all about your new venture. you so deserve it.

  10. avatar
    matthew | 10 December 2009 at 1:34 pm #

    oh please PLEASE tell me you're gonna be a game show or reality TV host on Channel 10! Or better yet, replacing Larry Endure on the Seven Morning Show? Actually, I'd never wish any o' that on you… rock on SK

  11. avatar
    gavgams | 10 December 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    Greetings Killer and like fiends

    I was at the Corner gig last Sat.
    What a blast. Here's some feedback.

    Went by myself to this show, had a few beers, and talked around the joint to others. Some funny good stuff and stories I'll probably have to fill in here over time. Even the vibe in the dunnies was soo pos.

    It was good there seemed to be quite a few people there who weren't old fans / familiales. Guy in his 20's next to me was blown away. He was there b/c his "old Man" had given him Starfish and said this is good shit. I was tellin him how good the new stuff was, but half way through the gig he reckons he liked the old stuff best.
    It was a bloody good gig, but I think the rockin solid songs worked better where we were (half way between desk and stage) I reckon b/c the p.a. was murkin the sound, on the edge.. so subtleties were being lost, devalued. The newer stuff is more layered , comlex, (and I love it) but this pa mids were swamping a bit, so more direct, structurally clearer songs were wkg better in this context – where we were standing (and pretty jammed in too).

    When I was hanging around Church merch there were a few people (newbies) who were taken aback and audibly exclaiming their astonishment at just how many cd's were on the wall. They'd "never seen so many" from one band. They were mavelling and smiling.

    I bought the Untitled 23 t-shirt which is a beautiful thing.

    Starfish is a strong one. Great to hear North South, and ending with Hotel Womb.. fantastic.

    I offer the following with the best of intentions: I reckon if you really want to super blow away the average Joe punters start like you did.. first two were great on this score. Minimize piccadilly circus between songs. Stick to more driving material (Theatre is a great song but not for the Corner type gig with blaring PA). Then again you have to appease the church o philes but I reckon we were all taken up with the sheer rock experience of it

    Don't get me wrong, this was one of the best gigs I've ever been too and I love Untitled. Like I said on a YOu tube comment to Deadman's Hand … if they play this live I might have to bring some spare undies.
    Actually, and a bit surprisingly.. Angel Street worked really well live.

    By the way, I love the lyric "put the whole thing to Bed", but afterwards people were buzzin in the dunny. Great sweaty energy show with beers. You wouldn't get that in a hall / stadium. So thanks for the energy.

  12. avatar
    bc | 10 December 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    offers are flowing
    way to flow,bro…hope that it leads to a us/eu tour de force!

  13. avatar
    Ellen | 10 December 2009 at 5:23 pm #

    Steve, you will never have to work in a post office. It just ain't your "assignment" in this life. So glad to hear the offers are coming in – you deserve it, damn it! I hate to see unrecognized talent. Not that you've been ignored, but The Church is, as you say, "criminally underrated."

    Hope that poor dog was okay…

  14. avatar
    Ellen | 10 December 2009 at 5:26 pm #

    Cazziem, count me in as one reader that "…has the NEED as well as the desire to see, hear and read what you have to say here…"

    I enjoy reading your eloquent posts. 🙂

  15. avatar
    davem | 10 December 2009 at 6:23 pm #

    I always feel gutted when you're down.
    It's hard to know what to say – what you do is just so brilliant, vital, essential.
    I love you, you mean so much to me.
    I've had a shite week – so many strands unravelling….the constant positive force throughout it all? Your words and music.It makes things worthwhile. Always.
    Andy – if I get there tomorrow I hope to see you.
    Hugs to all, but especially to you esskay.

  16. avatar
    fantasticandy | 10 December 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    if you get there?
    shit dave, i wanna see you more than the band!
    ….i got prezzies for ya mate.

  17. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 10 December 2009 at 8:50 pm #

    i just know we all agree with cazziem…

  18. avatar
    princey | 10 December 2009 at 11:09 pm #

    Hi sk, hope last night was a bit more enjoyable for you, and your mood's lifted a bit. Sk in showbiz?????, tell us more……

    Hey gavgams, I was there too at The Corner, and I dont understand what you expected from a Church gig, but you didnt go to hear AC/DC or Cold Chisel did you? Why should they just play their "rockin'" stuff to impress the "average jo blo" and not attempt the more layered and complicated songs in the set. The Theatre and it's Double was OUTSTANDING, the perfect song live, each instrument played out perfectly and clearly, then when the guitars go off and the bass and drums are pounding was just unbelievable! What an insult to the band to compare them to a "Piccadily Circus"….my arse!. Maybe have a few less beers next time, clear your mind and ears, don't analyse so much and enjoy the best band in the world. All the best,Amanda

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 December 2009 at 12:53 am #

    I know …the new host of 20 to 1!
    Seriously, never understood why you havent been invited on spicks and specs???

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 December 2009 at 2:16 am #

    I work for the postal and I love it. Fuck you Kilbey! I am honored to serve my fellow man by bringing the mail.

  21. avatar
    EDD | 11 December 2009 at 5:27 am #

    I'll ask it again….Why are there so many angry people working at the post offices? It explains alot, anon

  22. avatar
    gavgams | 11 December 2009 at 3:21 pm #

    Hi Princey / Amanda,

    I respect what you say, but you get me wrong.

    I didn't say The Church were a "Picadilly Circus" .. Picadilly Circus was the term (I'm pretty sure) the band used on stage as way of apology for extra time taken swapping guitars and rejigging the gear. I liked it, and liked the not taking themselves too seriously attitude but the laid backness did contrast heaps with the grand rockin openers to the set. (Tantalized and ….) I was just speculating on means if they wanna go further with the blow em away way. But like I said, I repeat, as it was, "one of the best gigs I've ever been too". Sure it's anal-ytical, but SK and co probably think about this stuff and so thought might be interested in my little prob… I mean opinion
    .. a bit of feedback and thought, and heavily qualified. Only a few beers.

    Don't get me wrong, I love the more complex, beautiful ambient Churchy stuff, but the PA wasn't doing this kinda sound justice where I was on the floor. Sounded like it was cranked up a bit too much. But I'm glad it sounded better where you were. I thought that it might be a prob just with where I was. My bro does in house mixing there so I'll ask him about it. I asked the mixer earlier if that was the Church's desk and he said yes, but I think it's the regular Corner one after speaking to brother no 3.

    Hey, how's the anon above having a go at SK for disparaging posties? Unbelievable. Is that for real?? .

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