posted on September 10, 2008 at 9:09 pm

let me put it straight
one of the best gigs i ever did/done
oh yes
this was it
it seems like i been workin’ towards that gig for 4o years
and then….
smooth as pineapple juice and stoli vodka..
the crew of ss painkiller deliver the goods in spades
in fuckin’ diamonds too
this finally then is rocknroll
a hand picked crew of unique individuals
polinski : sound
polinski provided a wraparound sonic cocoon
that contained and maintained the painkiller a gender
polinski is the supernatural anaesthetist
in the studio or live
polinski delivers that satisfying blend of organic/electronic/electric
i could feel it from the stage
this man is substance and the fairy dust at once
von ryper: guitar
von ryper walked in and became the other guitarist
in one fluid motion
nearly twenty years younger than me
he nevertheless provides continuity precision glamour n biffo
on the 12 string guitar and the rest he was nigh on faultless
what an excellent addition!
maymi : maymi is a controversial character and rightly so
a fellow virgo maymi is a hot headed crazy fool but boy can he play guitar
not only that but he embodies all the defiance and casual savoir-faire
of the true fuckin’ rocker
last night he vindicated his reputation
he blazed like a star
and he and von ryper were a constant source of guitar pleasure
maymi understands rocknroll at a cellular level
no wonder everybody gets him on their records
no wonder he is so important to the beejay,em
bowden: radiotronics
he plays what.?.. short wave radios and chaos pads..?
“anything i say could end up in yer blogge” says bowden
yes william
oh sweet william
you channeled in the voices
the pulsations
the ex static
the crackling gurgling screaming mess of whats out there right now
a medium for random beauty
bowden is as unique as the next crazy genius
and still takes time to play the keys
this bloke understands all the bits i dont
hes a fuckin rocknroll boffin
but boy without him
painkiller has no juice
as essential as my left hand
as cool as a cucumber
bowden is truly master o’ time n space
powles : drums n a lot more
this guy makes it happen
what a walloper but with the tech side well sorted
impossibly amenable n patient
a brilliant drummer n producer
impossible for this to happen at all without tim
nearly as important as me himself
powles is as furious or as measured as you like
i am extremely happy with my crew
anxious moment:
walkin’ along smokin’ a joint
up the middle of fuckin’ darlin’hurst
i (of all people)
cautioned young maymi to perhaps exercise caution
because the cops often frequent these here haunts
maymi exploded in derision
letting us know
how he’d handle any johnny wallopers
who tried to bust his skinny no-cal ass
so later
theres our hero outside the back door
entertaining some ladies n smokin’ mother nature
when a loada cops swarm around the club
and some are heading maymis way
(and he has no way of knowing)
next thing no ricki
i cant believe it….
they got him….??!
and by the sound of his argumentative mojo
he woulda gone down screaming n fighting
i’m just glumly imagining painkiller sans ricki
when he arrives unbusted
someone had texted him
ere he woulda been jail fodder when he shoulda been rockin’
but you know as someone said as i was gnawing my nails
hes a slippery character
i myself
i made hardly any mistakes
i sang quite well
i had a nabsolute bawl!
i leave the last testimoni
to a breathless nk
who burst into the dressing room
with these words on her lips
“the best gig ive ever seen in my life!”

ps david duchows visuals were superb
projected on a big screen
the perfect prescription indeed
much thanks dd!!
if you were there
use my comments to GUSH!!!

49 Responses to “numb bat”

  1. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 10 September 2008 at 10:21 pm #

    ….and i wasn’t there last night…..FUCK…
    love always…

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    kat | 10 September 2008 at 10:27 pm #

    so glad to hear the gig went as well as we were all hoping, sk! too bad for those of us who love ya that we all couldn’t be there. i can only imagine. whew! on ricky not getting in de trouble.

    now where is my painkiller cd? i neeeed it, more than ‘eva

    xo all

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    matt davison | 10 September 2008 at 10:27 pm #

    Sigh)))))))))))))))))))I knew that would be the case. Well done!!

    was it recorded??

    Peter Garrett was at the APRA awards last night in Auckland chatting to Helen Clark

    I Was there in my seat watchin enjoying-but thinking of that little gig happening over the ditch…

    Shame on me for not going…

    I hope someone recorded it.


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    Anonymous | 10 September 2008 at 10:50 pm #


    I wasn’t there…and how I wish I was. Are you doing a Melbourne Painkiller show??? Please???

    And where is all this new Church stuff??

    Matt…what was that arsehole Garrett doing at the APRA awards? He should be at the Biggest Hypocrites Ever awards collecting his trophy for overall winner in every feckin category. Prick.

    Olde Amps

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    Anonymous | 10 September 2008 at 11:02 pm #

    The gig certainly had energy- guys all looked cool & onto it – sound was premium- killa's voice at it's finest- visuals reminiscent of the Forget Yourself tour.
    You could start the whole grind over again with these guys – call the band Painkiller.
    Itd be interesting to see this bunch do some Church numbers tho.

  6. avatar
    eek | 10 September 2008 at 11:05 pm #

    Well fuck. >:(

    I'm starting to think I liked it better when I didn't know what I was missing. 🙁

    I know, I know…way to show support eekie, but I wouldn't be so glum if I hadn't wanted to see it so much. So, yeah, I'm very happy it went well, but bitterly disappointed to not have been there.

  7. avatar
    princey | 10 September 2008 at 11:42 pm #

    WOW, what a fantastic night it musta been! Well done sk and team PK…..but there’s always some drama following you around sk!!! Looking forward to some gushing details and maybe a set list of some sort from the fiends.
    I’m with Olde Amps, pleeez come to Melby with the gang ok (half of ’em live here anyway!)
    Happy dayz to ya sk.
    Love Amanda

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 September 2008 at 11:50 pm #

    …after the show last night me and my friend couldn’t stop gushing , we were raving mad with delight, the gig was absolutely perfect.
    I know Bowden so I was gushing to him as he was packing up, going on about frequencies , how the sound of the show had the full spectrum, ..frequencies, just like his day job the lucky sod (and yes polenski is a genius)

    , then we cornered von ryder , gushing that it/he was superb and that he fuckin nailed it and should be very happy with him self, but like most musicians post gig he was all..’aaww it was OK..I dunno’…no, it was a fucken triumph.

    Then we gushed to Ryki, got on to the subject of MBV for some reason, I guess it was to do with the wall of lovely sound still resonating in my head.

    I then gushed to you SK.. about the sound of the spheres and how I had heard them,,
    sorry about being one of those annoying post gig ravers but the music had made me so high I couldn’t stop gushing.

    I loved that extended drone breakdown in one song, I appreciate when a band has the courage to do that, ..and know how to do it.
    And yr band, man,,talk about the coolest backing band in history, you picked well, of course they are more than a backing band..I’de love to see it continue.

    And you SK, where a powerhouse of controlled energy, you really are the complete master of yr tools, I loved the fact that you didn’t talk at all, you undertook this gig absolutely seriously, no messing about..just BAM, you delivered everything all at once

    ….and man, that ‘backing’ band!

    See..I’m still gushing
    Cheers and thanks PV

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    flyingbird | 11 September 2008 at 12:33 am #

    cheers and thanks!
    would love to watch some photoes and video.
    anybody who can Help is much appreciated.

    peace and love to you and everyone whom you love, killer.

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    veleska1970 | 11 September 2008 at 12:44 am #

    heyyyy….i’m glad it went so well for you. and like eek, i’m sorely disappointed that i wasn’t able to go. and like matt d, i wonder if anybody recorded it?

    have a wonderful day, steve.

    lotza love….

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    laetitia | 11 September 2008 at 12:53 am #

    hey steve,
    thanks for that greatest of gigs! it was incredible, i loved it, i’m crap at writing clever reviews but what matters is that it felt and sounded great! i bought the cd right after and i wish the drive home had been longer so i could have listened to the whole thing! brilliant gig but then you’d expect that, your new album is FABULOUS!


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    Anonymous | 11 September 2008 at 1:26 am #

    Hi Steve,

    Oooh…I’m aching all over coz i know just how good that woulda been last night, i can just imagine the rush everyone got. I’ve seen some truly awesome crunch gigs, and i loved the solo (+ band) Karmic Hit 10th anniversary gig at The Corner, and your last solo gig at The Toff, but this smacks of something ever so special…if you bring it to Melb, that would be great but maybe it’s best left as is? – just that one special ‘one off’ show in Sydney…hopefully it’ll surface on dvd at some point, fingers xxx.

    Anyway, Painkiller coming my way soon…that should help!


    Jon in Geelong.

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    Anonymous | 11 September 2008 at 2:39 am #

    I was Gushing so much my computer is not used to it and crashed, hopefully I can beat the computer.

    I am still on a high with a smile on the dial thinking about lassa nite. You are the man, the King of the Bass. Painkiller is the cure for all pain, I need a daily dose of it. What a band, you guys seemed like you were together forever. Loved every song, Wolfe is becoming a fave, Every hour god sends, how appropriate for yesterday, Grant was there last nite I'm sure and he was proud of you.
    Hope the guys filming are making a dvd or if on TV let us know what show.
    Talking about TV, you looked suave, debonair and the rock star on Rockwiz. Think afew female hearts were aflutter, Julia seemed to like you and the ladies in the audience. Taped it, maybe now that ones done you can go to the other one, it will be a piece of cake and some moolah.
    Can't wait to play the cd, next gig make sure people know they're there, they would have been sold out.
    Hope to have another Painkiller, killer.

    Peace & love,
    p.s. So good to see Tims' son play, he's the spitting image of him. They were great, Tim would have been a proud Dad last nite.
    Did you talk to Ross? I went up to a guy I thought may have been him, but it wasn't so wonder how many bloggers were there, be good to meet some of them next time.

  14. avatar
    markobears | 11 September 2008 at 2:50 am #

    I wish someone with a camera and a tripod would hit record then enjoy the show, nothing fancy, just a youtube channel for us so far away.

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    Anonymous | 11 September 2008 at 3:23 am #

    good on ya!!

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 September 2008 at 3:32 am #

    second that

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    Brien Comerford | 11 September 2008 at 3:39 am #

    Bravo, Plaudits and accolades for SK and Painkiller.

    Peter Garrett is a carnivore and kangoroo killer (Fraudelent Environmentalist).

    I’m immersed in Merzbow’s animal loving noise music !

    Best wishes to Kilbey, Andy, Davem, Lingo, Valeska, Mark, Lily, Thomas, Lian and all commentors friends and foes (we all have the same goal)-success for SK.

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    the dean | 11 September 2008 at 4:43 am #

    Fantastic show. The show rocked hard and then spaced out into an expanding universe of vibes & sound.Then rocked some more. Sk sprang onto the stage and layed down a driving bassline from go to woe.
    For those not there, there was a video team recording the event, lets hope it see the light of day.
    There were 3 coppers running around before hand, now I know why. Ricky! Spoke to Ricky after – he is very cool – I ask to get on here a stir up some trouble.
    I also spoke with a couple of ex-gobees. charming & beautiful. You should all to envious.

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    captain mission | 11 September 2008 at 5:11 am #

    mid town new york circa 1967
    eddie intrudes on a conversation between dylan and reed with an unlight cigarette.
    bob does not move as eddie puts her face to his ear and whispers, light my fire zimmer man.
    he does not blink but offers her his lighter. she holds hands with truman caopte who looks awkward and nervous. phycadelic lights swirl around her white short dress so she looks in flux, colour certainly explodes here.
    truman wants to interview reed but reed isn’t talking to anyone tonight except dylan, they are discussing the fundamentals of their art.
    does it matter if our art is never even observed? reed says
    no, what matters is the expression.
    you mean the act.
    yeah that’s all it is.
    so why play and record
    to share the experience of art man.
    i don’t think you should even think about it, just do it, eddie says.
    yeah but who do you do it for eddie dylan asks
    it don’t matter. just have to express it and the rest is just a side effect.
    like an illusion.
    no like creation.
    what about the value of it.
    the value is arbitory.
    no there’s a quality that matters man, there’s got to be a cure for the mediocrity.
    that’s what we are lou says.
    truman makes his one on only contribution to the conversation, ‘one day the universe will be sucked into a black hole.’
    andy approaches with two transsexuals either side. ‘you’re on lou.’

    down town sydney circa 2008
    captain mission hangs around a small club waiting for the painkiller.
    he sees some old friends, they chat about technology and the amount of cameras in the room.
    soon it will be in our biology. imagine being able to zoom in and rewind and all you have to do is close your eyes.
    yeah well it’s in the imagination already.
    how true.
    the support band exit and a curtain is drawn, some interestingly diverse people gather, cameras everywhere, lights begin to swirl and then from behind the curtain some radio phonics (that’s phonics) begins to transmit. the curtain opens and the band begin.
    straight into outlander. already things are very different, this is new territory, this is what we look for, this is it. yes. there captain mission stands between two go betweens, there’s a strange area created at the front of the stage, like a sonic force field no one penetrates but all stand transfixed. these people on stage make more than music, they don’t play their instruments, they are the instruments, here it is, i get it it’s the cure. a shot in the mind, a kick in the cortex, mediocrity dies here.
    it’s no good describing any of this, i can feel my heart beating, thunderous bass notes, watch that man, two strange new players on the stage, one a vampyre with all the romance that goes with it, the other warm and humorous with a glimmer in his eyes and a smile for someone out there, you can see they have the beauty and skills to deliver us safely. and here behind the skins is tim, i’ve always loved the way tim plays, it drives everything, the throbbing engine room, the dylithium crystal. there are beats there that are subtle and pure, there’s an intricate delicacy at work, power in passivity and then when it rocks it rolls and when it rolls it rocks, that’s the way it is. and to give everything texture a sonic scientist plays his dials and knobs, sending out the frequencies, creating the parameters, space rock is alive and well. i’m picking up a message from beyond, calvert sends his blessings,
    and then there’s steve. what can be said about this wonderful enigmatic shaman that has not been said before. he’s the jewel in the skull, the eternal champion. best gig ever, yeah.
    i’m sorry i never got a chance to say ‘hello’ to nk last night, for behind every great man there’s always a great woman, and she was spot on, best gig ever.

    cern under the swiss french border 2008:
    while the band plays the ambient section of ‘not what you say’ scientists switch on the super collider.

  20. avatar
    markobears | 11 September 2008 at 5:31 am #

    Ufos always hang around to check out new stuff, like when we started making the a-bomb. After the show they probably checked out that cern thingy on the way home.

  21. avatar
    Silvertone | 11 September 2008 at 5:37 am #

    “Every Hour…” was absolutely amazing, drone guitar explosion!

  22. avatar
    matt davison | 11 September 2008 at 5:41 am #

    Capt Mis……..You write so well!!


    Will Killer ever feel the same??

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    matt davison | 11 September 2008 at 5:46 am #

    ps* think Garett was plugging our Labour Government

    Man he’s tall… BTW Does AUS have a silver scoll awards?? Highlight of the night for me was the Chills playing “heavenly pop hit” at the end with choir…

    -heard Iva Davies was there?? at painkiller wonder what he thought……

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    davem | 11 September 2008 at 6:12 am #

    Chuffed for yer!!
    Was sending your way all the positive energy I could muster.
    Just hope the recorded version lands on my doormat very soon!

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    Anonymous | 11 September 2008 at 8:13 am #

    Hey Steve,

    …and I was gonna come up for it and all…

    Bring the show to Melbourne!

    Love to Ricky!

    Lisa from the 27th floor

  26. avatar
    Raby Pilduc | 11 September 2008 at 8:18 am #

    Great show…I enjoyed it even with a bleeding ear drum and infection …painkiller truly worked…I hope all those cameras caught the excitement

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    linjo | 11 September 2008 at 8:33 am #

    Hi Steve, glad you are on a high! sounds like a must have for all fans. Cant believe the cops waste time looking for pot puffers! bloody hell, nothings changed down there, I remember smoking a joint with a Romanian guy in a darlo cafe when I was 18 (many moons ago!)
    Hope the good times keep on keeping on for Painkiller. One of my boys lent me a cd by MGMT, oh, rather nice too! a song called weekend wars jjj top request at the moment. Linda x

  28. avatar
    isolde | 11 September 2008 at 10:23 am #

    stunning in every way
    a magic magic night
    the most beautiful visual astral
    carpet swirling and whirling
    the most polished musicians
    kilbey like a rock
    he of the steely thighs
    and mystic eyes

    oh a thousand sighs!

  29. avatar
    dumb-ass | 11 September 2008 at 11:05 am #

    That bloke off the X Files was doing your lights n projections?!

  30. avatar
    document everything | 11 September 2008 at 11:10 am #

    Ok, it was fanfuckingtastic – now, Steve, you DID film it and record it, didn’t you?

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 September 2008 at 11:17 am #

    Good on ya SK and your band. That’s a great feeling when you collectively nail it. It’s the beauty of Music (not Industry). Cheers to that!

    Kurt S

  32. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 11 September 2008 at 12:12 pm #

    ahhh god i need painkiller i’m sitting here scratching my arms like a goddamn junkie ahhhh…

  33. avatar
    dobber | 11 September 2008 at 12:29 pm #

    I tipped off the cops about that rabscallion, Maymi. I’ll get him next time, the naughty, naughty boy!

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    tim | 11 September 2008 at 12:32 pm #

    they’s bust you for smoking a joint in sydney? fuck me..move to canada…two weeks ago I smoked in front of toronto city hall mid-afternoon, across from the courthouse…that’s just fucking stupid…

    glad to hear you had a good show…did polinski have tape rolling? could we see or hear any of this someday?

    peace and luv

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    don joe | 11 September 2008 at 1:23 pm #

    nice to hear it was smooth as cream on hot puddin sir 🙂 Very happy for you and hope it was the dose that killed the pain……Melbourne?? c’mon, there’s enough interest for it…u tease us sir! Enough! on the plane you go, c’mon!… we pay for your services god dammit…serve us!

    Only if you must my lord /bows down

    don joe

  36. avatar
    ross b | 11 September 2008 at 2:02 pm #

    I loved it. It was raw, magnificent, visceral, seismic, musically majestic and powerful…I loved how you were just so at one with the music, and so expressive too, with your playing, singing and movements.. perhaps it was nice to have the 'family' away for awhile and enjoy a new musical dimension with RM & VR.

    The sound was superb, great mix, and yes that bass was warm, creamy, rich and very very deep..

    I feel it's a shame you're not touring this line-up as so many people would want to see you and it would go down so well.

    hey Therese I only made it to the gig just in time for the main act, would've been there earlier but was carrying a heavy-heart and the burden of a close friend who is not on good ground at the mo… yes I was in need of painkiller!! and still am.

    Speaking of coppers I got pulled up at an RBT afterward and almost got done for DUI…they weren't selling light beer at the venue which to me is crazy!! I only had a couple and thankfully I demanded the bar-staff source the lightest beer available that was actually mid-strength beer.

    Brilliant gig sk, one of the best I've seen of yours (a couple of Church gigs from days past have been sizzlers too). Ross.

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    CSTCoach | 11 September 2008 at 2:54 pm #

    i’m with eekie. ahh, envy. green green with envy at you fiendss lucky enough to witness this historic merging of space and time…

    i guess there’s nothing to it but to move to australia. what the hell, i’m sicka this climate anyway.

  38. avatar
    fantasticandy | 11 September 2008 at 2:59 pm #

    reading all this just makes me feel miserable…….
    you lucky bugger ross!
    ‘blighted in blighty’
    …..andy L.

  39. avatar
    no drug users = no drug problems | 11 September 2008 at 3:05 pm #

    Jail all soft drug users.
    Especially that fucking Maymi.
    Fuck-you, MTV!

  40. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 11 September 2008 at 3:25 pm #

    Fantastic reviews. Kilbey belies age and keeps on improving every day. Vishnu loves him ! The musical media better finally recognize him for the bona fide icon that he is.

  41. avatar
    Jen Jewel Brown | 11 September 2008 at 3:38 pm #

    Transformatron strikes again eh? Bowie would be jealous … ?
    Coming this way?

  42. avatar
    Jen Jewel Brown | 11 September 2008 at 3:46 pm #

    Painkiller rehearsal on YouTube

  43. avatar
    Cee | 11 September 2008 at 4:45 pm #

    So great that so many on here got to go!
    Excellent gushing everyone!

  44. avatar
    ScaughtFive | 11 September 2008 at 5:24 pm #

    Shake out those jams and let the jinns loose!

  45. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 11 September 2008 at 6:09 pm #

    Sounds like it was en exciting gig. Can’t wait to hear Painkiller.

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 September 2008 at 6:15 pm #

    “Oh the pain.. the pain indeed”

    glad it went well and of course this should be mass marketed and quadraproduced for the worshippers of this saintly church.. love jaime r.

  47. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 11 September 2008 at 7:52 pm #

    looks like I have been to every website imaginable regarding Steve Kilbey, which website can I order Painkiller from???

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    CSTCoach | 11 September 2008 at 8:09 pm #


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    ad | 12 September 2008 at 9:09 am #

    Hey Linjo, was the Romanian by the name Jukka or Djuka or some such wild variant? Long (i mean really long) straight black hair. Nah, that was so long ago…

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