posted on January 8, 2010 at 8:53 am

the chruch had a meeting in bondi today
on n on n on it went
our next move
our next release
our blah blah blah
why theres never any money leftover
why theres this bill
why theres that bill
what happened with this
how much does blah owe us
how much to we owe blah
who caught that taxi then
whos gonna do this
whos gonna undo that
oh man
a million complicated questions n answers
leading to more q n a
going round n round
i zone out
come back to earth
theyre still talking about blah
anyway we all got on quite well
it was all very cordial
onwards to 2010 including new tours n records n special events
nothing chiselled in stone though
europe usa on the cards
i guess
this n that
i dunno how it all works
a million figures shout at me from brandished documents
i see the first column of numbers n i tune out somewhere else
something says concentrate but i cant
i’m the minister for esoteric affairs
the books baffle me coz i cant concentrate
my mind wont go where i try to push it
it wont
no more will my fists smash through a brick wall
no more can my eyes see far off distances
the record n publishing businesses are so complicated
%s of this n that n the other
no bastard really seems to know how it works
the 3 experts in the church all got different takes
every figure or statistic is as interpretable as any dada poem
every occurrence can be used to prove yer pointa view
we’re all good mates
we’re gonna continue
we’re gonna try n be good
sure of course
its a given

44 Responses to “meeting”

  1. avatar
    amateur editor | 8 January 2010 at 9:25 am #

    he produces

    a pipe
    and lights

    up a pungent

    its a

    day to forget

  2. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 8 January 2010 at 9:29 am #

    ah CRAP… and $$$$$ getting in the way of art and magic… wonder you zoned out…..

    love always……..

  3. avatar
    matt davison | 8 January 2010 at 9:32 am #

    NZ on the cards?????
    -me and KS will do it.


  4. avatar
    fantasticandy | 8 January 2010 at 9:40 am #

    1. very pleased you guys are getting along so well of late.

    2. can't wait to see you all.

    3.see district 9.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 January 2010 at 10:06 am #

    "we're all good mates
    we're gonna continue
    we're gonna try n be good
    sure of course
    its a given"

    but is it what you really want?
    sure i hope it is


  6. avatar
    Kokky | 8 January 2010 at 11:44 am #


    Glad you keep going or my universe would have imploded. Wish ya all were in a position to just focus on creativity and ignore the business side of it.

    I keep on going as one of the fans, and support you in any way I can

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 January 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    Thanks for the avatar precis – think I'll give it a few years. Yeah, I hate that horrible Hollywood John Williams music; also the "cute" animatronic cratures who make squeegee noises, tilt their head to one side, then blink….

    reading the David McComb book; like your entry best so far


  8. avatar
    davem | 8 January 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    What fantastic news. This has made my day/month/year/decade.
    How can we help to make Europe happen?

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 January 2010 at 1:13 pm #



    Although your band's music and integrity are unmatched, and although all I really care about really is the music . . . having said that . . . I hope you make some damn money.

    You need that extra person, that business guy, the marketing guy, that can take you to the next level. The money, especially in the States, is all about marketing this point.

    We look forward to seeing you back in the States.

    And look forward to the killer double album this summer.

    Wilfred Paradise

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 January 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    Yeah Kilbey. come to Germany, we luv ya!

  11. avatar
    Finetime | 8 January 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    Really happy to hear that a USA tour may happen. Saw you last summer. But afterwards, was very bummed at the thought that there may not be another trip over here.

  12. avatar
    matthew | 8 January 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    yeah the books baffle me too… hate filling in forms, tax return, even reading bills… Just let me craft words and sounds, I want somebody else to deal with those vile little columns n numbers.

  13. avatar
    Anakki Mayhem | 8 January 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    i <3 the church… imho best band in the world… ever ever ever… 🙂

    now, i juz wanted to tell ya that ya jinxed me with ya info about the damage to tibor 2 coz my beautiful new (to me) eunos 30xs went off in sympathy for tibor 2 & did her cas (that's a crank angle sensor for the uninitiated) in adelaide's 40+deg heat & now i must be here another week while it's repaired…

    telle est la vie 😉


  14. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 8 January 2010 at 3:07 pm #

    Its a given that the Church will even become greater. You guys are in your zenith. Superlative vocalist and lyricist, two guitar virtuosos who can also sing, and a dynamically innovative drummer. The last 20 years have been VINTAGE !

  15. avatar
    bc | 8 January 2010 at 3:15 pm #


  16. avatar
    Craig Miller | 8 January 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    U-S-A! U-S-A!

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 January 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    and then ya got taxes

    well it's good to hear you're shooting for an album and tour this year. please keep us informed!

  18. avatar
    DK | 8 January 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    SK, the church of The Church can never stop – not now, not ever. Not after U23 is, like, your best ever. Get back to the States soon, guys.

  19. avatar
    Steven Krut | 8 January 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    Interesting to get an inside glimpse of the workings of my favorite band. I hope 2010 turns out to be a banner year for The Church. If I can be bold enough, I have some humble suggestions for things that might draw wider interest in the band. Some of these might be naive of me and some might already be in the works, but I thought I'd throw them out there:

    – Turn the release of the next album into an event by performing some or all of it in a live webcast from a studio or small venue. (Make sure the sound is great, of course.) Invite members of the music press to the event.

    – Release a compilation album of the best material from HoB forwards. Include a few new tracks on it.

    – Release a 5.1 version of U23. I'd snap that up in a hurry.

    – Do an acoustic tour of college campuses to recruit new fans.

    -Do a Syd Barrett tribute album with Church-ified versions of his solo material.

    -Release a concert DVD.

  20. avatar
    John Garratt | 8 January 2010 at 5:02 pm #

    "no bastard really seems to know how it works"

    But you guys have kept it going this far. SOMETHING must be going right/not wrong.

    Also, "Untitled #23" was declared a bestseller on Amazon. Did you guys get any of that money? I hope so. That's how I bought it.


  21. avatar
    fandorin | 8 January 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    i know that kind of blah that makes my inner operating system do that forced shutdown immediately. sometimes i really do that kind of stuff, but after, i feel like i'd need a big defragmentation…it's all too much…for me to say…

    europe… hell…god!! amazing! hamburg's not too far from stockholm n longdong….

  22. avatar
    veleska1970 | 8 January 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    i never understood the financial side of things, either.

    "onwards to 2010 " it's going to be a good year. i can feel it. 🙂

    lotza love…..

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 January 2010 at 6:07 pm #


  24. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 8 January 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    Release more cd's and make more money, Steve.


    Freaky Conclusions, Vol 2.


    A Church compilation of unreleased songs and rarities such as Leverage, Anyway, etc.

  25. avatar
    cazziem | 8 January 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    Ain’t life a bitch some times? All you want to do is what you know you’re good at and what you know so many of us are always craving more of then it has to be spoilt be the politics and legalities of the business not to mention the facts and figures, but as least you are one of the lucky one who enjoy their chosen career path unlike so many who are either stuck in a rut due to circumstances, or don’t have the guts to make the leap to what they really want to do because of the risks. I’m lucky that I enjoy my work, or maybe I just enjoy working, (haven’t quite worked that one out yet,) but I think most people would agree that there’s always a least one element you don’t like??

  26. avatar
    gavgams | 8 January 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    As Nietzsche said:
    One must have chaos in oneself to give birth to dancing star.

    I was just thinking about this quote yesterday. It's so enlightening about great personality types, alluding to the passionate
    yet restrained in formulation
    yet dynamite in implication
    but fundamentally uplifting in the optimism that there can be a human, transfomative power, dancing star, a meaning, a value if only aesthetic and it's all worth it ?… and the creator – although perhaps more flawed, vulnerable, less happy-happy-joy-joy, less "adjusted", less capable at dealing with urbanities – can be our space saviour and someone who brings meaning if only aesthetic to our overcrowded worlds.

    Aestheic meaning? yea its romantic, existentialist, but this is the philosophy of feeling (chaos, dancing star, transfomative) and I reckon this is a good as any criteria for judging what is good, what is worthless… and I rate the Crunch and all they have given

  27. avatar
    linjo | 8 January 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    Yes Steve I know the feeling. I hate dealing with financial things. I tend to put my head in the sand and just pay what has to be paid and hope it goes away.
    Glad to hear the Church have got big things coming this year. Be nice to satisfy the poms with a visit.
    Watched the Seven Ages of Rock part one on Thurs night. What a great show. It really managed to capture the excitement that music generated in the sixties.

  28. avatar
    robertmadore | 8 January 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    Need a driver for North America this time? Yes, I'm serious…

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 January 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    I zone out also. All I read in there that mattered was another album and US tour. Hell yes!

  30. avatar
    Ellen | 8 January 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    Yeah, I zone out often at work! All those numbers, logistics, get this, get that, do this, do that, blah, blah, blah… on and on

    But, you say USA is [hopefully] on the books?! Please pencil in Los Angeles, ok, pretty please?

  31. avatar
    davem | 8 January 2010 at 11:06 pm #

    If you do come to europe please don't do small gigs in small towns. It's one time to ignore the serpent-like tongue of the flatterers……the likes of me included. I've seen you plenty of times outside of the smoke with audiences of 200- 400, the band is worth so much more than that.
    Shortish tour & the big cities where you pull decent crowds. Better to do a couple of nights in London than bother with anywhere else here. Islington in '07 was just fucking amazing. A heaving and partisan crowd. You probably played as well if not better in Brighton but there were only about 400 there and it was great to see how much the crowd meant to you two nights later. Special talents on show – brilliant crowd.
    It's wonderful how accessible you are via TTB, but you are Steve effing Kilbey and we are talking THE Church here. Sometimes I think we can tend to forget that.

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 January 2010 at 11:12 pm #

    Yeah, it would be good if you did manage to get access to make a decent compilation of quality rare/hard-to-find stuff available (in UK/Europe).

    It's shit that copyright/licensing/publishing, or whatever, bollocks probably ties you guys in knots from a legal perspective as regards being able to just get the music to the folk who want to buy it.

    London, or maybe Amsterdam for me (if I can figure out anything to do there apart from visiting museums and cycling) if you do make it up to the frozen wastes of Northern Europe.

    Make sure you make it worthwhile, and enjoy

  33. avatar
    andychrist | 9 January 2010 at 12:35 am #

    I hear you my friend…
    And love you all for it
    Please DC Please DC Please DC

    In Karmic Hit last nite…
    Downloaded some beautiful music
    The Studio 22 bit as well
    What a treat
    Eargasm after wavering Eargasm

    That version of "2 places at once"
    ah yes, very real

    PEACE to all my new mates

  34. avatar
    Drumwise | 9 January 2010 at 12:37 am #

    Anytime you come to the states, i'll be there to support you. I've seen The Church on every US tour since FY, and dropped a load of cash at the merch table to boot. Honestly you guys are the only rock geezers that I would travel more than 50 miles to see because you always deliver!!!


  35. avatar
    ronbonham | 9 January 2010 at 1:50 am #

    Freeezing in the winter-time in Buffalo;

    Sooo cold here in Houston at the moment! Hope the US gets another tour and maybe some dates down South? IL is going great now w/a new lead player. Played 2 shows after 5 months off both our best yet.


  36. avatar
    Dairy Queen | 9 January 2010 at 2:32 am #

    Does it really pay to tour? Joni Mitchell last world tour (1985) netted her $35,000 after expenses, yikes, and never toured again! I'd buy The Church music whether you guys tour or not.

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 January 2010 at 2:48 am #

    hi steve,
    been off radar for a while dealing with terrible things. your blog reminded me of the band meeting i witnessed in bp few years ago. you fell asleep:) europe can make sense still, as long as just UK, germany (esp Berlin), scandanavia, holland (not Hengelo though!). Remember last time, Amsterdam and Utrecht were sold out, and Hengelo had about 12 people. I still cant understand that. I still have all those contacts, should mwp or anyone else want them. would not be too hard to put it all together again. And maybe budapest and vienna, and few in Italy (though i had absolutely no luck arranging anything in Italy…did try!). Ahh Vienna, that was so good, what a night that was.

    take care, and best wishes

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 January 2010 at 5:51 am #

    Yeah the business stuff is a drag. Your an artist not an accountant.

    Come back to the USA east coast when you can.

    Peace FF

  39. avatar
    iseult | 9 January 2010 at 5:55 am #

    fewer destinations but two nights anywhere you do play make it more worthwhile for fans to travel the distance, and the second concerts are always great, if you could add either/or/both snowfaller and pearls I would be even more ecstatic

  40. avatar
    Melquiades | 9 January 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    yes its true your good (understatment)
    I am happy to hear of potential upcoming traverses across the sea of galilee.
    Happy belated 20 10

  41. avatar
    cazziem | 9 January 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    Pleasant little ditty SK, problem being I don’t remember any of this. Then again having only been introduced to the most awesome band in the world 5 months ago, is it any wonder I don’t remember the fun times when the trimmings (as in ttb, SK, chrunch) were missing!

    Just read through additional comments on last blog and noticed KevinN’s comment. You slept during a band meeting? Surely you must have been doing some constructive and creative thinking with your eyes shut? Haha. If the Europe part of the tour comes off and UK is blessed I’ll be there wherever there is. As for Vienna, city of music, and my second home, so if that’s on the list then, unless you go straight from one straight to the other, I’ll catch you there too as it’s only a few hours flight away and I can catch up with the family. I along with no doubt countless others, especially Brits, am on edge wait for the release of dates and venues so if it’s the big places that draw the crowds for ya SK, go for it; I'm sure there’s a few of us here who find a way to get there.

  42. avatar
    Galamor the Wizard | 10 January 2010 at 3:43 am #

    Minister for esoteric affairs…I like it!!!!

    You had mellotron on the last one…what about some more and(more) sitar and HARPSICHORD on the next one???? ; )

  43. avatar
    eek | 11 January 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    "onwards to 2010 including new tours n records n special events"


    "europe usa on the cards
    i guess"

    Another yay!

    we're all good mates
    we're gonna continue
    we're gonna try n be good
    sure of course
    its a given"

    Yet another yay!!

    "no bastard really seems to know how it works
    the 3 experts in the church all got different takes"

    I have to admit I snickered when I read this bit. lol

  44. avatar
    RonG from VA | 11 January 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    If you promise to come back to Falls Church VA and this time play Columbus,

    I'll promise to take you out to not only the best Indian restaurant in Falls Church but the best in the DC area.

    btw I'm the one that asked you if you paid the Cab driver that turned your song off.

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