posted on October 24, 2007 at 9:40 am

by the shores of the pacific
in the leafy eastern suburbs
lived the singer nevets yeblik
with his thousand dollar falcon
walking on the rainy boardwalk
hiding in the misty evenings
drinking buzz and blowing ganga
damiana and yohimbe
with his wispy hair and freckles
fingers gliding o’er his fender
bearded and five times a father
pulling music from the ether
doing all his naive paintings
doing yoga in the twilight
breathing out in pranayama
and aligning all his chakras
diving for a deeper meaning
listening to his own minds chatter
ignorance and empty grandeur
voices whisper in his memory
songs he sang that come to haunt him
words he wrote that then meant nothing
nights he spent with white insomnia
writhing on the hooks of poppies
music deafened in its hearts head
marbled veins of hidden meanings
things he never meant to be there
others all may take their meaning
only some will be enamored
in the world so dull and weary
no one cares for subtle magic
only blasting screaming yelling
only dancing death and metal
all the noise and all the turmoil
fading in the daybreaks silence
then he rises from his slumber
leaves his fine wife to her dreaming
leaves his daughters softly breathing
as the lay entwined together
sitting down at his computer
typing through the misty morning
as the bondi rain comes softly
falling on the sand and bindis
falling on the tramps and tourists
on the roofs of the pavilion
running off the swaying palm trees
lightly touching on the windshield
blurring all the scarlet brakelights
reflected off the mornings phantoms

45 Responses to “lethal interim”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 October 2007 at 10:41 am #

    That was worth the (long) wait today sk. I love you and everything you do, it makes me feel so good, thanx.
    Love always,

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 October 2007 at 10:52 am #

    🙂 xo you sound a bit blue…dont be blue,be violet and emerald .be a spotted panther with his pride,and his riteful that house,you are king…much love. …xxA

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 October 2007 at 10:54 am #

    I hope the Yohimbe is helping with your erectile dysfunction. I’ve heard it can work quite well.
    Cheers John

  4. avatar
    Melissa | 24 October 2007 at 11:00 am #

    I’d like to think subtle magic makes the world go ’round .. I think I need to tap into it more myself lately! Life gets too noisy sometimes.

    Thanks SK, that was lovely 🙂

    Lookin’ forward to the show Saturday night .. what’s the weather forecast for Syd for the weekend? I need to pack 🙂

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 October 2007 at 11:26 am #

    I liked that. That was good.


  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 October 2007 at 11:43 am #

    …the problem i think is that yes, i love silence and subtle magic but life doesn’t always give me the time or opportunity to slow down, be reflective and move with the ebb and flow…unfortunately, quite often it can be a frantic, tumbling tapdance…phew…your blog is one of the few opportunities during the day to have a quite moment to myself…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

  7. avatar
    restaurant mark | 24 October 2007 at 12:00 pm #

    hello everyone…excuse my absense…that work stuff that you’ve managed to avoid steve…well it’s hot on my tail it seems…keep trying to hide, pull some evasive maneuver…but it keeps finding me! love the blogs though…did my reading professor kilbey…ready for my report…if needed?

    did some you tube watching this past weekend…the old videos, live stuff…funny what you can find. steve, do ya have any of those other basses still…the white jazz, etc.?

    take care everyone


  8. avatar
    fantasticandy | 24 October 2007 at 12:13 pm #

    is it possible for you to explain in words what happened to the band after ‘heyday’?
    i do still get a buzz from the early stuff…i’ve followed your exploits from the beginning so i musta loved it back then.
    but it’s almost like another band!
    who flicked the switch?
    i wonder……
    much love,
    chairman andy.

    p.s. i kinda like you too!

  9. avatar
    eek | 24 October 2007 at 12:34 pm #

    It’s raining here this morning — the sound of the rain outside and the rhythm of your words mixes as I read to create a soothing and intoxicating mood piece. It feels so real. Beautiful.

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 October 2007 at 12:39 pm #

    am exhausted,and weary ,and nearing the end of my tether as well SK!…lethal interim?..nice one.have a lovely night with your beloved.

  11. avatar
    veleska1970 | 24 October 2007 at 2:00 pm #

    sad but still very beautiful. thanks.

    lotza love…..

  12. avatar
    JJ | 24 October 2007 at 2:12 pm #

    You paint a wonderful morning scene with your keyboard, TTB. More gentle rain here, refreshing and like nectar to starving forests and streams. Thoughts of my father this morning, as it has been for some days now. There’s no figuring it out – only the knowledge that your time is next.

    Don’t wanna work today, would rather brew some hot green tea on this cool morning and put on the sounds of TTB, watching raindrops fall. That’s all. Instead I’m sitting under harsh, artificial flourescent light. Think I’ll leave early.

  13. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 24 October 2007 at 2:49 pm #

    Right On Andy. No offense to SK or The Church but I don’t listen to much of their pre Starfish music. Then starting with Starfish and Priest=Aura a paramount transformation transpired and The Church ascended to the most celestial heights of progressive, psychedelic, otherworldly and brilliant music imaginable. And they improve each and every year. They belie age like my favorite guitarist JB.

    Great blog by Sk today. Pensive, melancholic and realistic ruminations by a nonpareil and criminally overlooked musical talent. The thought of being the leader of the most creative, cohesive and consistently dynamic band in the world (with limited positive reinforcement from the commercial music industry) is hard to accept. There are still several critics and innumerable fans that know The Church are the finest band going. At Amazon.Com for example, there are so many great reviews of “Forget Yourself” by fans from all other America and other regions. The glass is still half-filled.

  14. avatar
    isolde | 24 October 2007 at 2:50 pm #

    all I ever wanted to see
    you somehow found it for me

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 October 2007 at 2:55 pm #

    Your fine wife ,is a very lucky lady Steven.

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 October 2007 at 3:11 pm #

    Sometimes your words give me pleasure, other times they just highlight my own inadequacies. Most people lack your gifts, others lack the love needed to create. Very few people are as surrounded by love as you are – enjoy it. And enjoy Saturday – sadly I can’t be there. Everything too difficult right now.

    Still, maybe the ghost of Phoenix Jackson will make an appearance.

    Love Julia

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 October 2007 at 3:13 pm #

    …its cold and shadows disappear toward the ghosts of once friends wander round inside the night….or should it be “beauty and sadness”?

  18. avatar
    rubikon | 24 October 2007 at 3:36 pm #

    Breathe your inner hush

  19. avatar
    rubikon | 24 October 2007 at 3:43 pm #

    No offence to anyone listening or watching but I always felt/thought that the change musically started with Heyday. I wasn’t aware here in the UK how successful Starfish was when it came out.

    But Priest=Aura was the one.

  20. avatar
    Cee | 24 October 2007 at 4:10 pm #

    Magic sprouting from your fingers
    to the rhythm of vibration
    San Francisco sunshine finds me
    spinning through sublime creation

    …and the raven said “nevermore”

  21. avatar
    andmoreagain | 24 October 2007 at 4:28 pm #

    It’s funny how an old book or song can have completely different meanings when you look at them much later in life. I can dig it.

  22. avatar
    JONNY NOT YET SO HOLLYWOODISH | 24 October 2007 at 5:35 pm #

    let it rain, oh let it rain…
    Jonny Moondog

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 October 2007 at 5:43 pm #

    Interesting comments. I also believe something happened after Heyday. The music did become transcendent. Nothing with the exception of Dark Side or the Fianl Cut by floyd evokes so much mood. The depth of The Music in the past few years has been stunning. TP has done some incredible recording and drumming. It’s a shame the world is so shallow and there aren’t more people who can comprehend the depth of this incredible music. For those of us who do though, it’s an incredible thing. Can’t wait for the new one.


  24. avatar
    davem | 24 October 2007 at 6:27 pm #

    To be able to write ” sometimes the morning elongates and waits around for you to show” amongst a thousand other gems is a gift beyond my description. That’s why you write and I enjoy.
    Thank-you. I love the early stuff but only listen to stuff pre Starfish once or twice a month.

  25. avatar
    rubikon | 24 October 2007 at 7:28 pm #

    Back to this Heyday/Starfish thing.
    This is only my humble opinion so don’t everyone shoot me down in flames!.

    I just feel there was a huge jump between Heyday and what had gone before. To my ears at least I think the rest of the band were already outgrowing Richard (sorry Ploogy fans! – he WAS the right drummer for the band earlier).

    But what intrigues me more is what happened between G.A.F. and Priest=Aura. Where did that come from?. There’s a huge, huge jump/progression between Priest=Aura and what had gone before.

    For me at least, Priest=Aura is the beginning of the modern Church.

    As i said earlier, just my humble opinion.

  26. avatar
    davem | 24 October 2007 at 8:43 pm #

    No flames….fair point.
    But Destination, Hotel Womb, Grind are, to my ears at least, part of the journey to P=A, not that I’m a huge fan of GAF. They may have been outgrowing Ploogy (I don’t know – SK on here has talked about him being a boy genius of the sticks) but he was way better than sampled drums….but JDD was fab and Tim brings so much to the band.

  27. avatar
    the dean | 24 October 2007 at 9:46 pm #

    a certain melancholy that occurs due to drizzle.

  28. avatar
    pernath | 24 October 2007 at 10:02 pm #

    your rhythm quietly rocked me towards sleep…i love words bound to rhythm…i don’t care for rhyme…but this your trochaeic blog was pure music my autumnal favourite. goodnight

  29. avatar
    steve kilbey | 24 October 2007 at 10:18 pm #

    oh steffy pernath
    i knew you would realise it was trochaeic
    except for last line
    which is 9
    love on ya

  30. avatar
    rubikon | 24 October 2007 at 10:39 pm #


    I agree sampled drums – OK for a demo – but for a recording (or for live work) you just loose the feel.

    Don’t get me wrong though, I loved Richards’ playing on the earlier stuff – he was the perfect drummer for the band then – I just don’t think he could have done Priest=Aura – it wouldn’t have been the same album (please correct me if I’m wrong Steve – or Richard if you’re reading this).

    I don’t know the details of why or how he left the band.

    There’s some great stuff on Heyday – Myrrh, Tantalized, Night of Light – to my ears at least they’re a long way from what had gone before.

    As I said earlier, just my humble opinion.

  31. avatar
    rubikon | 24 October 2007 at 10:44 pm #


    And Tim is the perfect drummer for the band now. He brings so much more with him to add to the blend.


    And you guys are very lucky to have found each other – You make a beautiful noise together.

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 October 2007 at 10:57 pm #

    Steven……You’re such a good rhymer-er-er! ;-))) xo love . have a beautiful day!

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 October 2007 at 11:15 pm #

    Speaking of drummers, I’ve seen all 3 drummers play live with the Church, and I don’t care how famous JD was/is, he was the most boring drummer to listen to…the same old boom, baboom, boom, boom, boom, crashhhh!!!…Richard on the other hand was so lively and kept things interesting back in the day (especially the first few drumbeats when the Church used to open with “Constant in Opal” with dryice and flashing lights on stage..God I used to LOVE that!!) and of course no-one beats TP as the best drummer…just my humble opinion. Long live pre-Starfish Church!!!
    Love Amanda

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 October 2007 at 11:22 pm #

    By the shores of Gitche Gumee,
    By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
    Stood the wigwam of Nokomis,
    Daughter of the Moon, Nokomis.
    Dark behind it rose the forest,
    Rose the black and gloomy pine-trees,
    Rose the firs with cones upon them;
    Bright before’ it beat the water,
    Beat the clear and sunny water,
    Beat the shining Big-Sea-Water.

    …OK, OK, so I can use wikipedia, but just by way of illumination…an example of trochaeic..learn something new every heyday.


  35. avatar
    rubikon | 24 October 2007 at 11:26 pm #


    I never saw the Church live in the 80s unfortunately – I wish I had!!.

    I remember buying a Duran-Duran concert ticket once in 84/5 just because The Church were supporting them here in the UK – by the time the concert came about “The Church” had pulled out, needless to say I didn’t go and see Duran-Duran – I don’t think my ears would have ever forgiven me :).

    Don’t know how famous JD is or isn’t – the only other band I know he has played with is Patti Smiths’ – saw them in 80/81.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 October 2007 at 12:24 am #

    blissfully toasted,thank-you velly muchly! professor…..x

  37. avatar
    timf | 25 October 2007 at 12:39 am #

    you have an amazing way of making the mundane seem miraculous and for that i thank you mr. kilbey.

    Brien, that box of birds is the disc i point to when i turn someone on to this unparalleled group of artists. Only because i am at a loss to pick a best of their originals.

    Unfortunately UTMWT and Metropolis are all i ever hear on radio. And that’s rare…came on the other day over my BLT on rye (without the B..but still the damn carnivors put mayo on it…should have sent it back) i thought hearing it on the radio was neat, but sad at the same time knowing that there’s sooooo much more to discover.

    The worlds biggest underground band!

    Its hard to say too much about the band though, how do you describe a thing of such sonic beauty and immense emotional and spiritual

    Can i get an amen?

  38. avatar
    one man dog | 25 October 2007 at 1:03 am #

    Gaf is timeless and truely unappreciated kinda like Godfather Prt 3. They both could have been masterpieces, yet they are timeless and compelling in their own unique way. The new church sound? I am not sure what u are getting at there but you know Ploogy was great there can be no equal to his playing within a historical timeframe. P=A Could have still worked with a ‘reinvigorated’ Ploog so to speak. Yet I feel the real progression was Sometime Anywhere-the eastern influence, the searching feel to the album-Day of the dead-my little problem-absolute gems. If you happen to get the double Cd it is even more sublime. The song ‘drought’ from 87 is a masterful piece and it fully realises Ploogs ability on the sticks.


  39. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 25 October 2007 at 1:42 am #

    TIM F

    Thanks for being a Canadian veg. At one time I did not care for Box of Birds. Now it’s the best covers CD I have ever heard. The guitars, bass and drums jam with optimum and eclectic proficiency. SK sounds like 8 vocalists in one. Magician Among The Spirits is the worse CD to introduce a conservative person to The Church but it’s the best CD to intoduce a tripped out, morphed out
    hallucinating music fan to. It alternates between being a Stairway To Heaven and A Highway To Hell with interludes of purgatory.

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 October 2007 at 1:45 am #

    the distance
    the future

    bondi is an eden in the minds aye
    traveling from nsw i pass thru you
    i pass along your streets

    just looking for terrence and his stamp co-llection

    good one today,


  41. avatar
    NickF | 25 October 2007 at 10:31 am #

    this is a good one, it was like taking a vacation in SK’s life. the reference to ” drinking buzz ” was this possibly regardng an energy drnk ? if it was , is it sugar – free?

  42. avatar
    NickF | 25 October 2007 at 10:40 am #

    no offence to the guy who didnt fancy JD as a fine drummer , however as ploog may have had ” heart ” , there is no comparison to the two. forgive me for saying this but JD was really a huge part of the sound and mood for priest= aura. ploog coulda never pulled that off . JD had a certain style it seemed that fit that record perfectly.

  43. avatar
    Ethereal Butterfly | 25 October 2007 at 10:54 am #

    Sounds anything but dull & dreary….more like full and dreamy………

    Idyllic scenario and beautiful poetry… thank you

  44. avatar
    JJ | 25 October 2007 at 4:33 pm #

    JD’s percussion on P=A was nearly perfect, I thought. Yes, a major and inextricable element of the total work. I can’t say if Ploogy could have done it; I loved his drumming on previous albums and I suppose I won’t know why he didn’t get the opportunity.

    The sounds on the drums/percussion were so meticulously recorded for P=A, which, for me, again parallels Dark Side of the Moon for sonic brilliance. Sonically, thematically, vocally, lyrically – I think it’s up there as one of the best albums ever recorded.

    So there…..I’m a fawning sycophant if you must, but a proud one.

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 October 2007 at 7:21 pm #

    Hi my friend. Greetings from Sweden!
    Hoåe all is well. Love Bengt

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