posted on October 15, 2006 at 8:01 am

its over
the tour
the guitars go back in their cases
the roadies get other gigs
the audiences melt back into everyman
somwhere the music resonates inaudibly on forever
receding into silence
the hotel rooms are cleaned
the flights safely land
the rental cars are garaged
thank you if you came
thank you also to the following from whom i
have received cds etc
chris k, ambnt king (19 cds!!!)
roger k, from norge
andy l, from worcester for optical disks
w. w. xin from sanfran for ichor transfusion
mr john c from austin…thank you, kind sir
good lord
im sitting here with so much stuff
stuff to read n listen to n look at
god, where will i find the time
well i know yer waiting for a word on the shows
at the enmore we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory
in melbourne we were nearly as good as brizzy
thats it really
thats all i know
the future?
already in the works
stuff here n there
im playing again friday in mal-born
with gb3
guest singing
check it out in yer gig guide
then vegan day solo appearance
then various doings
stick around fiendss
who knows….?
maybe something interesting will happen….
or what?
e + a = 7
svk=1 (17/10)
sk not=$
where is sk @?
stay tuned
or be damned!

38 Responses to “living space”

  1. avatar
    captainmission | 15 October 2006 at 8:47 am #

    how about that, tuned in, turned on and now i’m dropping out…brilliant shows steve, absolutly spell binding. Thank You.

  2. avatar
    Con | 15 October 2006 at 9:09 am #

    Sure, maybe all you wanna here Bowie play is his seventies catalogue…..but never with you and the Church.
    But how everyone could stay contained during Numbers and Block I failed to get. I wanted to jump out of my skin…I think I did.

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    damien | 15 October 2006 at 9:37 am #

    So, Steve, are you going to give us a little hint as to what lies in the future for the greatest band in the world? Writing sessions for the next album, maybe?

    Get the boys back to work! We need more Church music in the world.


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    don joe | 15 October 2006 at 9:50 am #


    The show at the National was magical. The church as a unit showed again that it is at the top of what it does. Full electric was mighty fine too!!. The co-hesion between u all is undeniable. The whole band looked at ease with the whole thing and an awesome set list to boot. Destination, Ripple, Block, Myrrh, Reptile, U.T.M.W, Easy et al.
    You thanked the crowd, i thanked you out loud for giving us what you gave last night. AHHH… I felt and continue to feel sanctified Marty and Peteys guitars were on fire and man they can wind any sound out of them. You and Tim the tub thumper, what a power house rythm section. Tight as a nuns preverbial and rockin. You’ll have to do a 2 day festival by yourselves so the rest of the catalogue can be dusted off.. items like Antenna, Columbus, Belair, Song for the asking, etc. Yeah, it’s a dream but, my mind is the theatre and last nights show is the film with whatever song i want playing.
    I really thank you and the band for continuing for the past 26 years as i have found no other band that comes close to how you create your music and make people feel. It has suited any moment of my life and look forward to the future with it within it.
    May you possess the strength to carry on your chosen path with the fellow druids and bless us worshipers with your divine aura that emanates from with u. (yeah cheesy).. I could blah blah all night… feel like im posessed again but like I’m 15 discovering the band when i first found the music.

    Well wishes for your sabbatical away from the stage and enjoy the time with your family, friends etc.

    Flourish and Prosper

    don joe

  5. avatar
    verdelay | 15 October 2006 at 10:36 am #

    Stay tuned or be damned?

    That’s not the kind of threat you can level
    At the Devil’s violin

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 October 2006 at 11:11 am #

    I second don joe, it’s true sk, it was fantastic last night! DJ didnt mention the best song of the night, Saturation…GOD! WHAT A SONG!!!, I almost died in my chair! I’m still on a high from it all…I hope it’s not over just yet.

    Love you always,

  7. avatar
    JJ | 15 October 2006 at 11:28 am #

    Nevets –

    Last night’s show at The National – simply stellar. The wait for curtaintime was worth it. Man, I loved hearing Saturation as the opener, excellent piece, ethereal beauty in soundscape. Everything was so crisp, so clean from the sound system, and the performance, the playing – well, we were all mesmerized in the audience. Nice lighting effects too. The music is still swirling in my head, has been for several days. The Enmore show was great too, even with the false start to Ionian Blues, ’cause it was a joy to hear it live and so unexpected.

    I’ll choose to stay tuned for the Time Being. You & the band have a magic well – never seems to run dry.

    Good to meet you Captainmission. One more flight to land for me.


  8. avatar
    dig | 15 October 2006 at 11:41 am #

    Melbourne was fucking brilliant! I was suprised to see that old theatre still standing by the end of the show.

  9. avatar
    limebeaver | 15 October 2006 at 12:07 pm #

    National theatre;
    brilliant, fab, super, many more objectives that are floating about just out of my reach…

  10. avatar
    Melissa | 15 October 2006 at 12:13 pm #

    Those seats at the National Theatre were the most comfortable I’ve ever sat in .. just thought I’d say that. 🙂

    Though I could barely sit still for the most part!

    I am speechless & overwhelmed .. it was spellbinding.

    Thankyou so SO much .. come back soon, we love you!

  11. avatar
    Chris Kan | 15 October 2006 at 12:41 pm #

    Enjoy some creative time
    and write’sing and play with your littlies.

  12. avatar
    don joe | 15 October 2006 at 12:46 pm #

    Thanks for the back-up Amanda.
    Problem is the name to the songs elude me. know the lyrics but names? The CD’s are at work as i played em all day on Sunday and for the life of me couldn’t recall the names =/. So yeah. ‘saturation was spell binding!,,,.. ahh, still livin the moment. got all the church on random right now.

    don joe

  13. avatar
    davem | 15 October 2006 at 1:37 pm #

    Welcome back sk.
    Take some time to enjoy all the stuff you’ve been given. I bet a lorra lorra love has been put into those gifts – cos we love you more than you can ever know!!!!
    It seems you haven’t read the comments on yer blogge yet….we’ve all been worried that you were calling it some sort of a day – seems not so. Wish I could be at that solo gig and not stuck in blighty…but i’m here in me church t-shirt, waving your flag.
    Keep being, keep weaving yer magic.
    Love you more,

    dave m

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    Mave | 15 October 2006 at 2:03 pm #

    Yes, oh yes, last night at The National was simply EXTRAORDINARY! Is it possible for perfection to get more perfect?

    The repertoire, the synergy, the gift you give your audience… how can we not feel humbled by the magnitude of what you deliver on stage?

    I just hope you were able to feel the depth of gratitude from us Melbournians, traditionally subdued and non-committal, sure. But always left in speechless awe.

    Thank you especially for Providence. Sincerely, wholeheartedly, thank you.

    Enjoy your rest.

    We won’t rest til your return.

    Mave. xx

  15. avatar
    nickfiction | 15 October 2006 at 2:28 pm #

    ahh steve, i’ll always pay attention, unless you start belching out crap….. N

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    fantasticandy | 15 October 2006 at 3:05 pm #

    ah,steve,thanks for the thanks.and thanks be to god for the continued existence of the church!(i really like my own stuff,but i still like yours better!)—-good things only,andy from worcester.

  17. avatar
    veleska1970 | 15 October 2006 at 4:20 pm #

    you know we’re always on the edges of our seats, always waiting for the next chapter….always staying tuned….

    lotza love…

  18. avatar
    Jen Jewel Brown | 15 October 2006 at 4:52 pm #

    Dear Steve, Peter, Marty, Tim and Churchcrew,

    Hope you’re all reading this. Thanks for a beautiful aural and visual experience, complete with 1001 guitar poses from Messrs Kilbey, who positively DERVISHED round the stage at times, and Willson-Piper, and even 1/2 of one from Koppes, who put one foot up on a riser during closing Reptile frenzy.

    Beautiful mix again, volume just right, with much instrument swapping, and despite rumoured sound check gremlins, in a glorious old theatre well worthy of its salt in St Kilda, Melbourne.

    Liked your hippy light show touches space rockers. So many marvellous quality songs to choose from. Easy and Unguarded were lovely, Block, Grind… First half of Reptile went choatic but then settled and SK/WMP patter hilarious as usual. (Still awaiting the chat show). Look, there’s so much depth there, and loved the double-electric guitar interplay – no other band gets near your style. Kilbey is a monster bassplayer. Yes he is. And Powles just works like crazy all the way through, so dependable and reliable, always there, always in time, always anchoring the whole thing so tastefully. Three cheers, Mr often unsung drummer.

    Enjoy your next phase, knowing you are at your peak and in your prime, and that the world is your soy chino baby.

    Write us some more beauties, boys, and enjoy yourselves.


  19. avatar
    davidcwelker | 15 October 2006 at 4:56 pm #

    spell binding, thats a great way to describe your live performance. looking forward to the next time you tour the u.s.

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 October 2006 at 5:37 pm #

    saturation oh yeah. dreamt last night that the church was a coming to america again like in two months and that sk was not happy but understood how hot they were here again and…….well a silly dream but ya know what other band do i dream of fairly often,


  21. avatar
    restaurant mark | 15 October 2006 at 6:21 pm #

    well everyone seems to have enjoyed the shows thoroughly! and i’m sure they were amazing, as expected. rest now white hippy moses…i will wait, almost patiently for the next…turned on, tuned in.
    take care man.
    it’s me and my wife’s first wedding anniversary today, by the way. we used between mirages off el momento in our wedding, so your music will always be special to us…thanks.

  22. avatar
    restaurant mark | 15 October 2006 at 6:21 pm #

    well everyone seems to have enjoyed the shows thoroughly! and i’m sure they were amazing, as expected. rest now white hippy moses…i will wait, almost patiently for the next…turned on, tuned in.
    take care man.
    it’s me and my wife’s first wedding anniversary today, by the way. we used between mirages off el momento in our wedding, so your music will always be special to us…thanks.

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 October 2006 at 8:03 pm #

    Ive gotta ask man. When are you and the band playing a electric show in the states? Let us impatient americans know, cause we are just waiting for the day. At the edge of our seats with our antennas up, waiting to recieve the signal that will set us all free.
    I listen to uninvited like the clouds alot! I LOVE this album. Especially BLOCK. Its just amazing. Cant wait to hear it live electrically. Magnetic strip all the way!
    Galveston TX

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 October 2006 at 10:12 pm #

    hi sk

    thanks to
    the fiendish commenters
    for giving me a
    glimpse of
    what i missed

    how can it be
    i haven’t see you
    since spring ’04?
    simply cruel
    i miss you
    and the
    unparalled church sk
    your spoiled baby
    coloradan fiend

  25. avatar
    eek | 15 October 2006 at 10:51 pm #

    I hope Eve and Aurora had wonderful seventh birthdays and that Scarlet has a lovely first birthday too. How wonderful to finish your tour on a high note and then go home to a beautiful family who loves you dearly.

    And I am staying tuned. 🙂

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 October 2006 at 11:08 pm #

    I would like to add my voice to the chorus for the Nat. But, please, tell Marty to get rid of the ‘Lenny’ look. Pin him down and do it for him, if you have to…

  27. avatar
    arcturus | 15 October 2006 at 11:49 pm #

    hi steve,
    sounds like the shows in aus went down notoriously,very cool!any chance you will be performing in california sometime soon?well i guess i’ll stay tuned as i am sure more will be revealed in due time.thanks and all best wishs to u arcturus*******

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 October 2006 at 12:27 am #

    Hi SK, thanks again for a wonderful evening on Saturday, definitely in my personal Top 5 Church experiences (my baptism doesn’t really count anymore…)

    Hope the Doodles had a great day yesterday, Nikki & I were slowly recovering from aimlessly wandering/wondering the streets of St K looking for a bar that would serve us…did Pete tell you he was refused entry because he was eating cake? (Call him “Cakeboy”, he likes that!) St Kilda ain’t what she used to be.

    Looking forward to Friday’s show… If I knew I would be seeing (effectively) SK fronting the Undies back in ’92, I would probably have spontaneously combusted. Now it’s more of a warm anticipation… 🙂

    GrantleyB and Nova Nikki.

  29. avatar
    emmkay | 16 October 2006 at 12:47 am #

    Awesome show on Staurday night, esskay.

    My head’s still in space

  30. avatar
    mike a | 16 October 2006 at 1:48 am #

    Looking forward to what comes next!!!

  31. avatar
    MarkM | 16 October 2006 at 2:05 am #

    Steve, I have got to say that Saturday nights Melbourne show rates with one of the greatest Church shows I’ve seen – actually I should say with one of THE best shows I’ve seen….you were all in amazing form. The sound was brilliant (despite PA issues – massive thanks to Jordan, he pulled a rabbit out of his hat)
    I’m feeling a little tired today -I’ve only had about 6 hours sleep over 3 days. But seeing you guys play 2 nights in a row makes it all worthwhile…it was a pleasure to meet you too.
    All the best with whatever comes next.

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 October 2006 at 3:08 am #

    I have seen the white-faced moon vague with shadows
    My lips have moved to the faint language of alien songs
    until their movement was my whole nature

    You hipnotize me, make me follow….

    Je t’aime
    Lady Di

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 October 2006 at 3:53 am #

    Dear Steve
    Thanks for one of the most amazing Church shows I’ve ever seen last Saturday and I’ve seen a few. Absolute magic.
    Love always
    Melbourne Mary

  34. avatar
    abtom0104 | 16 October 2006 at 4:02 am #


    Seems like you and the lads gave 100% satisfaction to the adoring Melbourne crowd on Saturday night. And I also quite enjoyed the two support acts. Very different but very enjoyable (you seem to do well with choosing your support acts – Gersey were brilliant a few years back at the Corner). I was lucky enough to snaffle a seat in the 2nd row and to witness this class act up close and personal was an absolute treat.

    It was quite ironic that Saturday night’s show is held up so high in my list of Chrurcch concerts as it was 14 years earlier you guys played the same venue on the P=A tour. Just about the perfect venue. Although I came and worshipped you over the past few years when you played the Corner Hotel, I much prefer the traditional concert venue that The National Theatre is. No jostling for the best view, no cigarette smoke, no bladder damage from holding in 6 beers until the set / show finishes. It was as comfortable as if you were playing in my own loungeroom.

    I was actually listening to Back With Two Beasts in the car on the way in but never imagined the show would open with a track from that album. You crafty buggers. Day 5 was brilliant but Block was easily the standout song. The way it builds and builds into an orgasm of sound came across far better than I could ever have imagined. Grind also kicked arse as it always does. Loved the moves you made on stage all night – especially coming back on for the two encores. Fred Astaire re-incarnated.

    Thanks to you and the rest of the guys for putting on such a sensational show. It’s all been said before but I must add to the list. Please continue to play venues like the National Theatre opposed to pubs and also play for a couple of night each place you visit as I reckon you have such a devoted following that 90% of people would attend both nights. More Churnch for us and more $ for you. Everyone’s a winner.

    Hope you all enjoyed yourselves on this tour as much as the diehard fans enjoyed experiencing it each night with you. You are truly a unique and individual bunch of highly skilled musicians and we are all very privileged to exist in a time when you are obviously at your peak. Looking forward to the next batch of new material in the (hopefully) not too distant future, although I am more than happy to keep flogging ULTC until such new stuff arrives.

    Thanks again.


  35. avatar
    ambnt1 | 16 October 2006 at 4:38 am #


    The “ambient king.” That’s got a nice ring to it, thank you very much. There’s another batch on the way, which will be 19 more CD’s from my Britney Spears/christina Aguilera/Ashlee Simpson collection. It is essential stuff, just you wait…



    n.p. Shriekback, “Cormorant” (Barry Andrews is BACK, baybee, the new album– best since Oil and Gold. Amazing!!)

  36. avatar
    Richard | 16 October 2006 at 4:57 am #


    there’s a blast from the past

    absolutely the best live act I’ve seen (sorry Mr K)

    Qld Uni (1985-ish) – three versions of ‘all lined up’ (bluesy, funked up and ‘straight’) – Barry A in a white robe – ‘My spine (is the bassline)’ encore

  37. avatar
    John Garratt | 16 October 2006 at 1:33 pm #

    So, you really don’t mind getting mail from us?


  38. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 17 October 2006 at 12:54 am #

    HELP!!! me need someone, not just anyone, me need you here like never before esskay, please help…

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