posted on April 21, 2010 at 8:56 pm

here in boston
at some weird place we playing at
gonna post a partial interview with gavin mckillop
filmed in l.a. (maan!)
yesterday disappeared into the fog of some distance
today seems empty and strangely sad
someone mentions mandrake
random instances freak us out
for instance the freezing cold dressing room
people turning up in the wrong places
pianos drift from the empty apartments
the drums bang bomp boom
the crush in traffic
feeling tired without my medicine
weird weather ominous
i forget the questions i sposed to ask

43 Responses to “lights all went out in massachusetts”

  1. avatar
    davem | 21 April 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    Thinking of you.

    For many of us of a certain age, it IS OUR Dark Side!!

    Where did the years go? Amazingly, you're all looking really well and = most unusually for a band with such longevity – still making quite wonderful new music.

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    Ron Bonham | 21 April 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    Pure gold there man, thanks for that!


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    Steven Krut | 21 April 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    Oh, this is awesome! And I love Shriekback, especially Big Night Music which Gavin produced. One of the overlooked gems of the '80s, IMO. I have the Arch Deviant mix of Nemesis as well.

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    Anonymous | 21 April 2010 at 10:03 pm #


    Excellent post and another reason why if you come back to tour full electric you should play Priest and Untitled #23 instead of Starfish. Dont get me wrong thats where it all started for me but Priest is my favourite and #23 reminds me so much of Priest. You could encore with So Love May Find us. Name your price and I will pay it to see that show. Hope the tour is going well, the fans are in for one hell of show.

    Travel safe and keep rocking on your last few shows.

    Jason (Jmb066)

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    fantasticandy | 21 April 2010 at 11:11 pm #

    great stuff killer!
    you guys are looking fine…..
    i envy ya…yeah, despite all the hard slog and drugery involved.
    live it baby…

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    Anonymous | 21 April 2010 at 11:25 pm #

    Priest = Aura is definitely a masterpiece and gavin certainly helped this supreme effort. Thank you for the post great stuff. I agree with someone who replied earlier that this should be played live on the next tour before the others. Unless there is a plan for it to be played all of the way through in the future. I probable should not be so greedy but this is my favorite. I can tell you this, I will be in the crowd again for the next round even if turns out to be MATS – SA . Thanks again very cool, MJ FRIMODIG GRAND RAPIDS – DETROIT

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    esne snoner | 21 April 2010 at 11:58 pm #

    so good to meet the man who made p=a and obviously still holds it in such high regard

    for me the album is typified by the opening track – there is no better tune on the planet than aura – 7 minutes of sonic bliss from the gentle opening to the screeching feedback at the end – in-between it's the sound of a 4 piece band in perfect unison – every time i hear it it's goosebumps and thoughts that the likes of u2 could only dream of coming up with such a sound

    rave over thanks for posting that chat with mr mckillop and enjoy the rest of the tour

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    princey | 22 April 2010 at 12:29 am #

    Hellooo Steven, thank you, thank you, thank you for that "grouse" interview. I love hearing about the "making of" albums and how it all eventually comes together to make masterpiece albums such as P=A. I could have listened to the four of you go on and on, remebering details about each part of a song or whatever, and to hear MWP and PK's memories too was awesome. If you have any more of this stuff, pleeease let us have it!!
    Operation airhead was funny too:)
    Take care and love always,

  9. avatar
    Paradox boy | 22 April 2010 at 1:41 am #

    Steve, Always wondered about the guy who turned the knobs on PEA, such a big full sound, really great post.

  10. avatar
    Mary | 22 April 2010 at 4:33 am #

    faded flowers is an awesome song as well!

    love ya

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 April 2010 at 4:36 am #

    It's is all so simple, put in my "Priest=Aura" CD, put "Chaos" on,turn my music player to LOUD and let it burn.

    But Steve, I will always have to say that "Heyday" will always be my favorite. The first one I bought. I like to crank "Roman" up, that song just rocks!!!

    Safe travels for the rest of the tour.

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    Anonymous | 22 April 2010 at 5:50 am #

    On a revisit w/P=A tonite, kinell!! Flim is just the pefect way to close a stunning piece of music. Along with Reprise by the Verve closing 1995's A Northern Soul AND Tara off of Avalon by Roxy Music I cannont think of better closing songs. Yes, the 90's DSOTM.


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    Anonymous | 22 April 2010 at 5:51 am #

    It would be every fans dream to hear Priest=Aura live. If you played Priest=Aura and a new album back to back, peoples minds would be blown. Starfish is great but far from your best. This tour should be the end of Milky Ways and Reptiles. Bring on the Witch Hunts and the Chaos!

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    Anonymous | 22 April 2010 at 6:12 am #

    I love some of the Gold Afternoon Fix lyrics. Pharoah, Fading Away, and City are some of my favorites. For me this album was much better than Starfish. A little more brash and confined. The perfect follow up album after Starfish and a warm up for the masterpiece Priest =Aura.


  15. avatar
    Simone | 22 April 2010 at 6:55 am #

    There's a recent interview with Steve Kilbey on WFDU, available from:

    Steve mentions Deadman's Hand EP as a 'beautiful ep…[with]…some of the best stuff we've ever done'.

    Have heard Dakota and Stardust via the blog (does anybody have the tracklist for the EP?). For me, the feel of Stardust in particular would fit well with The Coffee Song.

    An album in that vein would be most superlative. Could The Church still have a super ambient psychedelic tripped out beast still to be unleashed?

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    Simone | 22 April 2010 at 7:46 am #

    Answering my own question with info found on forum thread at

    Extra tracks on Deadman's Hand EP:
    Stardust (see blog: Fri, Apr 2)
    The Kicker (soundtracks 'Rode Movie, Fri Apr 9')
    Dakota (Sun Mar 7)
    The Gardener…Dear Mr Kilbey, any chance you can please arrange to present us Brits with a 'full house'? You know we love you !

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    Simone | 22 April 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Suppose the opening lyrics of Pharaoh on GAF really tell the story…rather than allowing for organic development, it was a forced exercise for 'commercial purposes'…

    P=A (for me) has so many sublime moments. However, the mix of Feel that made it to the album has a hint of that 'shuffle drummming' that was in vogue at the time (another stab at the old commercial tack?)

    Been interesting to hear/read about the ideas mooted for maybe playing whole albums. However, would this not take away your energies from the fact that you are still a potent creative force?

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    Hellbound Heart | 22 April 2010 at 11:11 am #

    p=a? a masterpiece…..ripple is sublime in its beauty and the whole album still moves me incredibly after uncounted listens….

    love always…..

    if i had that damn fool toy or whatever it was you had in that other clip, i'd end up taking a hammer to it….sorry i haven't been on the message board for the last coupla days, my other half's been hogging the damn internet….

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    Richard | 22 April 2010 at 11:15 am #


  20. avatar
    Freddie | 22 April 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    Yes, P=A is quite a piece of work. Still my fav.

    God, I think Marty is getting more hairy all the time! :^)

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    Anonymous | 22 April 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    Steve, thanks for the great show in Boston last night. Your music has really helped me through some very hard times in the past decade or so, and the albums you have released in that span have particularly resonated. Thanks for the music therapy and safe travels for the rest of your tour. Peace, Jeff

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    tendraftsdeep | 22 April 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    Priest=Aura is a supreme masterpiece.

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    12str | 22 April 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    Dark Side of the Moon for the 90:s! Awesome!P=A ! Beautiful

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    Anonymous | 22 April 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    "I forget the questions i sposed to ask"

    Yes I did; I was wondering if Film ever had any words to it? It's perfect as is but thinking of it w/lyrics is a tease.


  25. avatar
    gigi78 | 22 April 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    Some highlights:

    10,000 miles-all pistons firing
    was like blizzard I remember w/ snow swirling all around

    Fly-you own that riff!

    My little problem


    Flamenco dancing

    Adding a pumpkin means subtracting a Church, I know what I'd MUCH rather hear!

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    Anonymous | 22 April 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    Steve, I saw this on Hotel Womb today, which begs the question, what happened on Jan 24th, 2008 🙂

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    Anonymous | 22 April 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    My wife works in a local children's hospital, and on night shift yesterday a man appeared on the CCTV at the secured door to the ward.

    He pressed the intercom and declared 'I'm a catholic priest. I'm looking for a small boy…'

    Now, she deals with all sorts, but that was scary. Where's Frankie Boyle when ya need him?

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 April 2010 at 10:32 pm #

    She can never forget all the smells of all those halls and sounds all around – and all of the faces and places it seemed so like everything was still going to happen but she never knew what
    and the fading afternoon light.
    The blur of the past – yeah – but there never was a tune more tuned to her ears music and sterling street !!!

  29. avatar
    Jasperina | 23 April 2010 at 2:35 am #

    Transparent = Mysterious
    Priest = Aura

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    Stone Age Shaman | 23 April 2010 at 2:45 am #

    My list of albums to perform live:
    1) Priest = Aura
    2) Heyday (can you perform without brass?)
    3) After Everything Now This

    SK please shelf Starfish for the moment.

  31. avatar
    plumlady | 23 April 2010 at 4:22 am #

    Happy Earth Day everybody. Not meaning to impose upon Steve's blog as an open forum to questions; but I'm wondering if anyone has any comments about the new 2010 Toyota Prius. I'm thinking about getting one; while checking out websites for the upcoming electric cars…wow, wild stuff coming our way.

  32. avatar
    A. Kite | 23 April 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    The talk with Gavin was awesome, Steve. It really made my day. There has been no other record like P=A before or since. It is still, to this day, an atmospheric masterpiece (critics and the unknowing be damned), and it will continue to stand the test of time. It would be cool if the band and Gavin could work together again someday. I'm sure it would spark some unbelievable magic.

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 April 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    What do you mean, the lights went out? Everybody loved it! There's always people all tearing up and hugging and stuff at your shows. So great to see that. Your music really has meaning for lots of people, and it's beautiful to watch. At least I think so.
    If you don't like that venue, please come back and play the Fox's Borough. Remember? The big modern place with the shopping and amazing parking lots? And tables and waitresses? We'll always be happy to see you anyplace in Massachusetts!

  34. avatar
    Steven Krut | 23 April 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    Simone said…
    There's a recent interview with Steve Kilbey on WFDU, available from:

    I thought that quite a good interview. Relaxed, informed interviewer, intelligent questions, enlightening responses…

  35. avatar
    restaurant mark | 23 April 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    great one today…love watching and listening to the stories behind it all.
    may 1st is getting closer…but not fast enough!

    take care sir

  36. avatar
    Cocoamo | 23 April 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    We have a 2010 Prius and love it. Feel free to email me at with any questions. My computer is broken, so I am using libray. May delay in response

  37. avatar
    davem | 23 April 2010 at 11:52 pm #

    We'll all love to hear Starfish and U#23. It says enough about where the worlds greatest band is at now, whilst maximising audiences.
    I love P=A, but not more than Starfish and the buzz Starfish will create is, I think, v v important.

  38. avatar
    Broken Toys and Heros | 24 April 2010 at 1:45 am #

    Very simple…


    Best album ever !!!!


  39. avatar
    bc | 24 April 2010 at 3:53 am #

    no meds? no way?

    great video + +

  40. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 24 April 2010 at 6:57 am #

    …another album that i love love love is uninvited like the clouds…..christ it's good….
    magic man, shaman…. (you, i mean)
    love always…..

  41. avatar
    Saint Louie | 24 April 2010 at 7:50 am #

    Dear Church,


    Man o MAn…Just Like Yesterday! I remember GAF & P=A and those two NEVER get old! LOL, i remember trippin and gettin high with P=A, that was a BIG turning point in my life and will ALWAYS stick with me 🙂

    Hey guys…whenever i listen to those two albums I "feel" the Autumn with it's crisp air and falling leaves, ready to dive into the unknown winter.

    Autumn is my favorite time of year and will never ever get old (just like P=A…which IS the Dark Side of The Moon for our generation!), and it seems you guys nailed that seasonal feeling to the key with those two albums!

    It brings a feeling to my soul that cannot be described within the human language, nor any other alien language!

    Cheers to Your Years, 30 n Strong!

    "…the Opium's runnin pretty low, because when the pain comes back i don't want to know"

    "They worshiped Baal, they worshiped the Sun…"

  42. avatar
    Andrew | 25 April 2010 at 5:56 am #

    Yeah, Priest=Aura is the greatest achievement by The Church and one of the best records ever made. There is no dispute over this.

    Please start playing these songs live again. If you did the whole record live, this would truly be an amazing experience. From Aura to Film, the albums blows me away every time that I listen to it.

    Starfish is good, but we have all heard these songs a million times and they don't hold a candle to those on Aura.

    Maybe Gavin can produce the next record by The Church?

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    Ellen | 26 April 2010 at 9:59 pm #

    LOL! That's all I have to "say." Thanks, I needed that.

    In fact, if you please sir, could you do more silly stuff like that? Please?

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