posted on May 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm
            x = x

x = x

man i dont know how to explain my life to you

the extremes between mundanity and elation

i making records

doing gigs with people like robyn hitchcock

who is everything you might think he would be in spades

a walking encyclopaedic minstrel and legend

robyn and i

some of the last of a dying breed

some incredible moments onstage together

where it all happened

our voices and the songs

to boot the geezer is a gentleman and very pleasant company

i believe he and i could chat for days about dylan and the beatles

i did some gigs with mark gable from the choirboys

and again

an absolute charmer of a guy

they make it easy to create music

ploogy came back on that tour and is the finest form

his drumming was superb..what a comeback..!

he remains one of my fave drummers on a good night

and he had a good night every night on this run

meanwhile the churchs record is very near completion

it will comprise of fifteen tracks

7 of which are now mixed and ready to go

it is nothing like you or i think it will be

it is complex ambiguous and joyful

your preconceptions will be shattered

something new has emerged

i am quietly confident this album will be universally acclaimed

within its own sphere of references naturally

within its own genre it is a triumph

some advertisements say

obey your thirst

i obey the music

that was trying to come into this existence

with myself as part of a team dedicated only to the music and the music only

we are deemphasised as personality x and y

none of you will know who did what and who was the driving force

because all four elements strove together for the musics sake

the music became the all

the song was everything not the singer

my mission in this life has been to make people happy with songs

then this will put a smile on your mind

because we have experts here tinkering with the mechanisms of rocknroll

we have experience and enthusiasm and we

have made a fucking good record

despite everything

time has come for a reassessment of the b®and the church

we poured heart and soul into this

i channelled other voices who came rushing out my throat

i cant wait for you to hear it

let the naysayers say nay for now

lets hear them after they hear the fucking thing

or my name isnt..uh…


anyway just a few months longer

further/deeper than ever before



please keep your comments  relevant

and avoid excess rudeness towards myself and each other

thank you






124 Responses to “on track”

  1. avatar
    eekie | 18 May 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    Looking forward to hearing it, Steven.

  2. avatar
    GORDON FROM SCOTLAND | 18 May 2014 at 6:18 pm #

    Hi Steve,
    glad everything is going great or you, and can’t wait fro new Church album. I couldn’t see many reviews of your recent tours, and I wondered if you could maybe expand a wee bit on how you and Richard got back together, and what he is up to. Does he listen to The church? No problems if you can’t.
    Take care

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    Michel | 18 May 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Avoid excess ?
    How can you avoid excess when you hear there is a new Church record ?
    And you will have to wait long long days and months to hear it ?
    I believe in God and God is a music. Maybe I have heard it before, but maybe it is a new music I don’t know yet. It could be this new album…oh God !
    Can’t waiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit (excessive word, isn’t it ?).

  4. avatar
    Galamor the Wizard | 18 May 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    Can’t wait for the new Church one!
    Are you going to do something with Robyn Hitchcock before the new Church one is out?
    You really looked like you enjoyed yourself on stage with him in Sydney.

  5. avatar
    Matthew | 18 May 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    I just wanted to say that I am very excited about the forthcoming album, and these words of yours are really stoking the fires! Also, I wanted to mention that I thoroughly enjoyed the Kilbey/Dulli show last year here in LA. I will treasure that memory of two of my favorite front-men playing together.

    Thank you.

  6. avatar
    Adam carrel | 18 May 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    Been a fan for 28 years ( my god ) knowing you guys It could be anything and everything.whatever it is I’m sure I’ll be delighted and my excitement is growing palpable.Im counting the days ,in an age where , new music has lost its spark for me.For this I thank you wishes

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    Cath | 18 May 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    Sounds wonderful Steve, sure to be an album of depth and uniqueness like all the Church works are, gems in a sea of mediocrity. Be true to you, you and your comrades and the spirit of the muse in you all

    Maybe no super long trax then, 15 awesome ! xx luv Cath <3

  8. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 18 May 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    ok a quick review because it was a LONG show, although it didn’t seem long at the time… except when it was close to midnight and I began to worry about being locked in the carpark…. three main artists, playing approx 3 hours. Dave Mason, Steve Kilbey, Robyn Hitchcock and then sk and rh played some songs together. I have to tell you… I was feeling a little hazy last night although mellow and quite relaxed. It was a decent sized crowd without being packed so not a claustrophobic feeling at all… just really enjoyed hearing dms old songs, and then sk who also seemed pretty relaxed. Played a song from the forthcoming Church album which was great. Very excited to hear the rest! Got to hear rh for the first time and was impressed by his vocal range and expression, talented guitar playing. Sometimes quite minimalist sometimes quite adorned. Seems to tell stories as he sings his songs and not without humour. The whole night was quite sparse instrumentally, only mainly acoustic guitars except for the finale when sk accompanied rh with his bass. Enjoyed hearing that funkiness come through without embellishment from many other instruments. Rh did play his harmonica too, I almost forgot to add. Just a delightful, enjoyable and chilled evening.
    11 May at 10:32 · Like

    Kohl Ette I deliberately didn’t even watch any (well maybe one) rh vids before the show and I suspect (but I am not knowledgeable on the subject) that he is much better live than on recording? I mostly think that about musicians tho…
    11 May at 11:00 · Like
    Kohl Ette
    … for the person/s who might be interested in a review of the Metro show. Received the opera house dvd.
    Never said re the upshot of my trip to America, we have been invited back next month for a while, although no official prize was won. Who knows where it will lead? Not sure how many opportunities there are here. I think in that field, a person has to be prepared to leave this country. It is mind boggling the opportunities outside of here. Funnily enough tho, my daughter was offered her first paid job last week (a one off thing but amazing chance), and came second in a local competition today. I guess I am her personal assistant sort of thing. what’s this got to do with you? Was thinking about your older daughters and their achievements and can’t help but realise that unlike you, who can mentor i imagine to them in pop/rock music, I was never a famous dancer. It’s all new to me in many ways. Incredibly challenging and fascinating tho, if exhausting while I still search for personal selfish fulfillment. And delight in what’s to come but can’t help mourning some changes.

  9. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 18 May 2014 at 9:15 pm #

    * Brendan Gallagher played guitar for Dave Mason and played admirably as usual.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 19 May 2014 at 8:52 pm #

      What’s a ‘Dave Mason’?

      • avatar
        Coffee Hound | 20 May 2014 at 11:59 pm #

        Go check out the Sometime Anywhere album credits i believe, and other Church collaborations. Where you been?

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 21 May 2014 at 3:16 pm #

          No, that was Marty’s childhood mate ‘Dare’ Mason. Dumb-ass.

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 21 May 2014 at 3:21 pm #

          Nope – ‘Dare’ Mason is a childhood friend and regular musical collaborator of Marty’s who produced Sometime Anywhere for the church. ‘Dave’ Mason is a different guy.

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 21 May 2014 at 8:08 pm #

          That’s Dare Mason… Dave Mason is the dude once of The Reels. Oops.

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 22 May 2014 at 7:17 pm #

          Coffee Hound, YOU go check those church credits – that’s DARE Mason, the guy MWP did Noctorum with. Wake up, bubbah!

          • avatar
            thetimebeing | 22 May 2014 at 10:30 pm #

            and there is dave mason who was at the gigs with me n robyn

          • avatar
            Coffee Hound | 23 May 2014 at 9:41 am #

            WOW, maybe I’m not the one drinking too much coffee, I think you’ve been tweeking too much on crack instead. Relax there people settle down

          • avatar
            Traffic fan | 28 May 2014 at 5:06 pm #

            Dave Mason was also the guitar and sitar player in Traffic.
            Now I bet you Steve would want to work with him.

  10. avatar
    Eskaedor | 18 May 2014 at 9:27 pm #

    I’ve only seen The Church play once, when I was eighteen. Acoustic gig at the Synagogue in Adelaide almost twenty years ago. You and Marty both played wonderfully. I am very curious as to how your new record is going to sound without his involvement.

    • avatar
      Coffee Hound | 21 May 2014 at 12:00 am #

      Oh my! You need to get out more and go see The Church more often, most of us here have seen them at least half a dozen times now. Well worth any admission paid! Especially the Past, Present, Future tour where they played 3 albums in a row! Can’t wait to hear Psychedelic Symphony too!

      • avatar
        Anonymous | 22 May 2014 at 7:21 pm #

        That’s nothing – the only time I’ve ever seen the church was in November 1982!
        Never had a single chance to see them since. Well, there was June 1986, but Marty ran away and the gig was cancelled.
        You can go out ‘more’ or every damn night, but if the church don’t come anywhere near you and you don’t have the money to get to them, what do you do?
        You sit and sulk for 32 years, like me…

        • avatar
          thetimebeing | 22 May 2014 at 10:29 pm #

          maybe soon you’ll get lucky again

          • avatar
            Anonymous | 23 May 2014 at 12:14 am #

            I wish – but I suspect it was a once in a lifetime deal, Steve.

  11. avatar
    Pernath | 18 May 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    reassessment…15 tracks sounds like a massive double album…i like massive double albums…excitement grows…and i know that something good is gonna happen…

  12. avatar
    Steven Krut | 18 May 2014 at 11:08 pm #

    It sounds like you’ve got a real corker waiting in the wings with the new Church album. Must be a great feeling. I’m certainly excited about it and intrigued by your reference of “something new.” Can’t wait!

  13. avatar
    Shane D | 18 May 2014 at 11:41 pm #

    Feel like getting all The Church stuff out and having a weekend of non-stop music trips that only The Church could ever deliver.

    Find the first 2 mins of “You Took” … some of the finest seconds of uncomplicated Australian music made. (The Blurred Crusade.)

    Happy to wait a little longer for something new 🙂

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 19 May 2014 at 9:49 am #

      …a piece of my heart & I don’t know y

    • avatar
      You Took | 20 May 2014 at 9:59 am #

      I love how the videos “You Took” and “Almost With You” combine together, if you look at the end of this video, that is the beginning of “Almost With You” video. Steve, you guys ever film more from this era or willing to release all from The Blurred Cursade? Anyways…here’s the You Took vid:

      • avatar
        Anonymous | 23 May 2014 at 12:16 am #

        Was it you in that damn suit of armour, Steve?

        • avatar
          Coffee Hound | 23 May 2014 at 9:44 am #

          Looked like Marty was wearing the legs of the armored suit in the video on the stairs, go double check maybe not, looked like it

  14. avatar
    cheryl | 19 May 2014 at 1:53 am #

    with you Steve the music is all.. that is as it should be. listening to those 3 tracks that day in Bondi left me thirsting for more and now it won’t be long until I drink in The Church again! Rock On SK! yer friend from bayou country

  15. avatar
    John Garratt | 19 May 2014 at 2:26 am #

    Fifteen tracks…what I like to hear. Nice and full. Maybe on the long side? I’m one of those people that listened to “Sometime Anywhere” front to back when I was just 16.

    Andy Partridge has trouble keeping Robyn Hitchcock around long enough to finish their little project. Moving target, he is.

  16. avatar
    daveoto | 19 May 2014 at 2:42 am #

    Really looking forward to the new Church thing…it’s been a while.
    But you’ve kept the fix going, with all the sidey-projecty things.
    But, nothing tantalises, quite like the prospect of a new Church album.

    Would have loved to come over to Aus to see you perform with Mr Hitchcock..2 of my favourite singer songwriters on one stage…incredible.

    Now, if you can do something with Peter Perret next time….!!!

    Hope to see you perform in Europe again one day.
    Further & deeper…dave x

  17. avatar
    sharon | 19 May 2014 at 3:19 am #

    Thanks, Steve. I mean that with more solemnity than I could ever hope express with words. Life is hard, we need music like yours.

  18. avatar
    p.rose | 19 May 2014 at 3:44 am #

    Am really looking forward to it Steve!

  19. avatar
    RadhaKrishna | 19 May 2014 at 6:34 am #

    Thank You Steven for channeling this. My wife & I were just listening to Unearthed & I was thinking that “The Church” is such an antiquated, 80’s sounding title, that didn’t consistently fit well with the feel of the records. It reads that You have finally caught up with your own destiny. The name was always there, but always You, The Artist, wanted to control the process. Today, You express your purity as the manifestation of your heart in sound waves. We can’t wait to hear it! This is how Elves communicate -the music that is the experience of unconditional love. Thank You for all the art.

  20. avatar
    andy | 19 May 2014 at 7:50 am #

    oh….such a long,long wait….
    for me it will be the most important event of the year!
    so hoping you will be able to tour it….we haven’t had a live fix of churchiness over here for years steve.
    not commenting so much these days mate, I just can’t compete with some of the nutters here now.
    certain persons do seem to be giving you a hard time of late.
    you give of yourself, and this is what you get? oh well.
    loadza love to ya kilbz!
    every sucsess with the new songs,

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 19 May 2014 at 8:48 pm #

      The recent ‘grief’ is zilch compared to the shitstorms of 2007-2008 – lovesick wenches are easily swatted aside after the likes of Barry The Wag!

  21. avatar
    Once | 19 May 2014 at 8:50 am #

    Like everyone on here, I’ve loved The Church through all of its incarnations…but man, I gotta say – I am REALLY looking forward to this new one. Getting an immensely good vibe from this blog post…bring it, sir. I await the rebirth!

  22. avatar
    Darkland70 | 19 May 2014 at 8:52 am #

    SK, Love the thoughts on Robyn, like you, a hero of mine for the past 25 years or so. Had the pleasure of meeting him in Seattle last year at a small one-off show and he allowed my girl to photograph us using my suggestion that we pose as heads of state meeting for the first time. He was more than game! Hope to be able to meet you as well someday. The pressure to live up to RH is immense, ha! Seriously though, can’t wait for the Church’s new album and yer further work. Brilliant as always.
    Best Regards, John

  23. avatar
    Ade | 19 May 2014 at 10:13 pm #

    I loved the new track at the Steve and Robyn show, something about a long road i think. Can’t wait. BTW every time your music comes on one of my teenage daughters asks ‘is that THAT GUY?’ from when we chatted to you at The Adelaide Vegan Festival as few years back. Her conversion to good taste in music is coming along nicely.

  24. Kraig
    Kraig | 20 May 2014 at 5:05 am #

    When it rains it pours! Psychedelic Symphony and another new one at the end of the year!? Wow! Can’t wait to hear Ian and the new lineup and at the same time I will miss Marty too. After 30+ years it’s hard not to. Like always, each album is unique. Hopefully this one will be on vinyl too or when you guys gonna reissue all your past albums on vinyl? Prob never. Anyway, can’t wait to churn up some new church tunes! Cheers

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 May 2014 at 5:31 am #

    Steve will you post a soundfile of your Morrissey and Murphy impressions from back in the day?

    • avatar
      Coffee Hound | 21 May 2014 at 12:03 am #

      YES! We would love to see these! Awesome request Steve, can you do this on the next post since Peter Murphy and Morrissey are both coming out with new albums in June this year.

    • avatar
      No More Morrissey | 30 May 2014 at 4:49 am #

      Morrissey is a real douchebag! Never again will I go to one of his concerts nor listen to his dribbling songs…he’s a Grade-A Turd! So sick of him complaining about life and how bad he has it when it’s just the opposite. What a Loser

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 May 2014 at 6:51 am #

    Maybe Richard joined Tim on a song or two of those 15

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 May 2014 at 10:15 am #

    What I love about men is that they always seem to know which way to turn the steering wheel when one has made an incorrect parking exit manoeouvre to avoid further damage.
    Watched end scene of young mum reversing out of car park who turned the wheel to soon & drivers side front wheel guard damaged. As she still had car up against pole. Male came & told her which way to turn wheel to remove contact without further damage. & it worked. I in the past hav scratched & damaged a 2nd time as I just reverse it out. Poor darling she now had to go hm & share w hubby.

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 20 May 2014 at 12:16 pm #

      wow thats completely the most irrelevant thing ive ever read

      • avatar
        Anonymous | 20 May 2014 at 4:54 pm #

        Yeah, that’s like…like…fish…

        • avatar
          Jordan the comeback | 21 May 2014 at 12:39 pm #

          Like as in…
          “Why did the surrealist cross the road?…fish?”

          • avatar
            Anonymous | 21 May 2014 at 3:27 pm #

            Yeah, that’s, so, y’know, lampshade, right there.

          • avatar
            Anonymous | 22 May 2014 at 7:23 pm #

            Hey, look, Jordan The Comedy Police got the joke too.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 21 May 2014 at 11:05 pm #

      The oddest part about this irrelevant comment is relevant: both the same man who helped maneuver the car from further damage and also her husband whom we hope isn’t lacking thought of his own misguided misfortunes… Ie… No sense of direction…. Remembers before he yells, that it was he, most probable, who drove everyone around in circles due to inability to stop and ask for directions. Anyway, hope they had a lovely evening despite the dent.

      • avatar
        Anonymous | 23 May 2014 at 12:18 am #

        Wow, yeah, that’s so…so…crankshaft, y’know?

  28. avatar
    M E M | 21 May 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    my 2¢? just keep it all coming..

  29. avatar
    Mous | 22 May 2014 at 8:01 am #

    When Marty comes back we need to get the boys to play red rocks

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 23 May 2014 at 12:18 am #

      Dumb ass.

      • avatar
        Mous | 24 May 2014 at 12:10 pm #

        Sit and spin Marley rocker!

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 25 May 2014 at 8:22 am #

          Thats ‘mope rocker’. Dumb ass.

          • avatar
            Mous | 27 May 2014 at 10:16 am #

            You really don’t have a clue do you?

            If calling people dumb ass is what makes it for you…why not go even bigger?

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 27 May 2014 at 8:32 pm #

          ‘Dumb ass’ suits you well enough, Mickey Maus.
          Steve tells us about the new church album but you dismiss it completely and are more interested in Marty coming back.
          According to you, Steve might as well not bother finishing the album, he might as well just junk it and wait for Marty to come back.
          That makes you a dumb ass, Mickey Maus.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 28 May 2014 at 10:58 pm #

      When Marty comes back?
      Do you have any interest at all in this new album then?
      Or are you just waiting for MWP to ride back and save the day?

  30. avatar
    Cocoamo | 22 May 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    If your aim has been to make people happy with your music, you have succeeded. Thank you very much.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 23 May 2014 at 12:20 am #

      But the royalties to show for it wouldn’t go amiss.
      REM sweep their yards and pocket millions.
      SK creates wondrous art, constantly, and pulls enough to get by on.
      Summat fucken wrong somewhere, guy.

  31. avatar
    Chris | 22 May 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    ‘They say that at the speed of light the particles all get quite excited
    But out here in this universe it’s bursting and we’re all so delighted!’

    New The Church Album = Bliss…

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 May 2014 at 12:24 am #

    I’m a bit concerned about this ‘new voice’, though.
    Don’t deprive us of the sing-speak we love!

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 May 2014 at 4:03 am #

    I = xyz

    Was going 2 type this equation the first day u put yr new writing up.

    Two days ago I head to local park and c new car with plates XYZ 005. Then I later drive back down Brunswick Street & c the poster of you & Robyn glued to a telegraph pole.
    Is that relevance or just coincidence.

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 May 2014 at 7:13 am #

    Bizarrely, Phil Anselmo of metal fools Pantera claims to be a big church fan! Who’da thunk?

  35. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 23 May 2014 at 8:11 am #

    x aside, the hug was l<3vly. Brother.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 23 May 2014 at 7:43 pm #

      Oh for fux sake, stop it.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 May 2014 at 9:31 am #

    Strange confusion … U no how musicians of legendary talent aren’t always those who get the most press/bucks? Well, think of those music critic who (also) pour their hearts/knowledge/refined tastes into music reviews… Only to (also) be over-voiced by some reviewers who know very little of true talent. They must be shaking their heads un disbelief (too). Then u take that thought a different direction. Now what if this new album receives rave reviews over and above all prior? There would seem to be a sadness in the glory … Or if reviews aren’t over the top, a thought to Marty’s absence might be had… No dis to new guitarist intended…. Either way, could be an emotional predicament. Either way, totally confusing.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 23 May 2014 at 8:20 pm #

      Music critics who ‘pour their hearts/knowledge/refined tastes’ into reviews?
      People like Steve Sutherland? Ask SK about that clown.
      Music critics are utter parasitic arseholes, merely the ticks on the back of the beast.
      Besides, at this stage, no review will make any difference one way or the other. Church fans are going to get this album, even if the press say its shite. Others will hear it from friends or whatever and will check it out that way. But no one is going to buy it on the say-so of a music journalist. It just doesn’t work like that anymore.
      The NME gave a totally gushing review to Forget Yourself. Didn’t make any difference, did it? U23 had numerous great reviews. I’m guessing they didn’t lead to anyone getting a mansion out of the royalties.
      As for Marty’s absence, it might be noticed in Oz but in the UK, no one in the press (and I do mean no one) knows or cares who he is – his absence won’t take up a single paragraph of a single review, let alone be the focal point of that review.
      At this point, music critics are an absolute irrelevance.

      • avatar
        thetimebeing | 24 May 2014 at 11:40 am #

        unfortunately i agree
        sutherland gets a serve in my memoirs

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 24 May 2014 at 1:23 pm #

          Good to hear. Sutherland’s earned his kicking many times over.

          • avatar
            thetimebeing | 24 May 2014 at 8:44 pm #

            maybe not a kicking
            in fact he totally outsmarted me

      • avatar
        Coffee Hound | 24 May 2014 at 6:12 pm #

        Fuck Music Reviewers and Critics…the BEST critic is the loyal fan and listener who know the history and catalogue of a band! Doesn’t matter what wins an award in the public’s eye…because most of it is crap anyway. What matters is the music and royalties of course, but fuck that too…just listen and enjoy and if you can’t enjoy it then go elsewhere. I hate movie and music reviewers because if you think about it it’s like review a drink, food, water, air, or some product…you’re really not going to “experience it” unless you personally try it and it works for only you, NOT anyone else!?

        • avatar
          thetimebeing | 24 May 2014 at 8:44 pm #

          i have however read some inspiring reviews which turned me on to good things…

          • avatar
            Coffee Hound | 24 May 2014 at 8:50 pm #

            Ok well then, where have you read these enquiring minds would like to know? That’s interesting…I have never read a review to turn me onto something, maybe i’m lost on that matter? Thanks Steve

          • avatar
            Anonymous | 25 May 2014 at 7:28 am #

            Sutherland lied to your face then stabbed you in the back. Thats not outsmarting, its chickenshit cowardice.

          • avatar
            thetimebeing | 25 May 2014 at 8:43 am #

            that was the game amigo

          • avatar
            eekie | 25 May 2014 at 2:01 pm #

            I bought Gersey’s Storms Dressed As Stars based entirely on a review. I love that album.

          • avatar
            thetimebeing | 26 May 2014 at 12:21 pm #

            that is a good record!

      • avatar
        sorry | 24 May 2014 at 9:29 pm #

        I was talking about the other members of the band re thoughts of Marty… hoping, for them, they have more heart; re your own? you just sound defensive like a minor player within a clique, protecting the top. Mr. Kilbey recently mentioned with pride… another music critic in admiration as they had put works of Church up their only with Rolling Stones… perhaps, that was my intent.

        and to some comment below re awards are crap…. including the ARIA and other awards? Probably won’t be up for many of those anymore if that lack in gratitude follows other than that sniveling comment made.

        years ago, I made an observation how interesting this blog was – so I returned to it and it’s been fun, thought-provoking, etc.. not of late. I don’t mean that un-kind, just – well? it’s become something else, and may should be thought about. again, good luck.

        nasty attracts many, I assume, I just don’t know them. good luck.

      • avatar
        Anonymous | 25 May 2014 at 2:16 am #

        I have to respectfully, completely disagree. I buy music all the time based on reviews. The online publications I read are staffed by intelligent, passionate, ludicrously underpaid music lovers. Are there utter assholes who seem to have no idea about what they’re writing and who revel in abusing what little ‘power’ their job gives them? Certainly. But these people exist in every single walk of life. Favourable or critical press on its own will never result in the commercial success or failure of an album (or a movie for that matter). But it’s one of the key mediums through which the people who love the art form find out about what’s going on.

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 25 May 2014 at 9:02 am #

          Have to say ive never bought an album due to a journo’s opinion. Im a church fan – that proves my judgment’s better than theirs.

  37. avatar
    Crasher | 24 May 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Bought both the DVD and CD of the Opera House show.
    Got ’em at JB HIFI…the DVD was sold out in the first couple of stores i ventured into.finally a nice wee lassie called around and directed me
    eastwards to ringwood.
    got home..conundrum..the DVD or the CD?
    decided on the cd.first.rationale: the visual can be a little distracting to the music.
    first impressions:side 1: loved sealine,lost,pangaea myrrh,grind and never before.has pete sounded better than this?
    loved pretty well all of side 2.
    the real standout was reptile. this is a song i’ve heard so much over the years that i’d grown a little weary of (sacreligious ?)…but this version is brilliant. i’m not a muso, so i don’t really know how to describe the difference…if you out there buy the album and/or video, you’ll see and/or hear what i mean.
    still haven’t had the time to watch the DVD yet.
    i might listen to CD a few more times..with good music you can’t beat 2nd,3rd,4th,5th,6th and especially 7th impressions.
    but then again i might go,fuck it, and watch the DVD.
    ah the freedom……………..
    at least the conundrum is settled.

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 May 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    Hi sk,

    Very exciting news about the near completion of the new Church album.
    Can’t wait to hear it, very intrigued about the songs.
    So sorry d n I missed the gigs you did with Ploogy, especially as he was on fire as I know you were too. Hope you both get a chance to get together again in the future.
    Bring on the album release and tour, looking forward to it.
    Take care.

    Peace & love

  39. avatar
    hellbound heart | 24 May 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    hot damn-bring it on!!!!!
    love always….

  40. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 25 May 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    Hope I am not ear elephant
    but the song Louisiana –
    is that biding her lonely weekends
    or finding, minding or riding?
    I guess I could google
    but who’s to say
    they’re right?
    Waiting to hear.
    Bye dear
    (A great ballet).
    Could be the most
    ear elephant post
    i effer said ether.
    Not mine.

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    Anonymous | 26 May 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    As the scottish say ‘spending a penny’, I looked at the window where my toilet rolls sit & decided what does this (so the packaging says ‘limited edition) print’ say. So the first roll that catches my eye on its first sheet says ‘what did the sand at Bondi Beach say when the tide came in? Long time no sea!

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 27 May 2014 at 4:49 pm #

      And the second sheet? Every sparkling stream seems to whisper latrine.

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    Kohl Ette | 27 May 2014 at 11:56 am #

    The swafting thought of sending you a greeting card vaguely occurred but then I thought GROW UP! I’m sick of this puerile drivel! I have more grown up things to do like prepare this burrow for hibernation when I go o.s. to the american summer. I heard where I’m going isn’t even as humid as sydney. Whatevvie Bevvie. Oh doobie quite shish tarquin french frar.

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    veleska1970 | 27 May 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    “my mission in this life has been to make people happy with songs”

    You can rest assured that you have succeeded, my friend.

    Lotza love……….

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    Anonymous | 27 May 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    Glad the new album’s working out so well. There was a bit of puzzlement at the time about why you didn’t do the album as a 3-piece and just get a tour guitarist, but if the new guy’s added to the creative input too, that solves that one. Also glad it’s effectively a double album – I can feel a potential epic psych masterpiece coming on…

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    andy | 28 May 2014 at 3:20 am #

    just finished grooving to the DVD!
    what a stunner………
    it may well be the best pairing of band and orchestra ever recorded.
    best band?…well you left the Floyd trailing in your wake years ago, so, seeing as most people seem to use them as a benchmark the answer must be yes.
    only thing is….
    this is an amazing performance by the definitive most vital and innovative
    version of the church yet known.
    can ‘further deeper’ really be even better than an album with the four wizards we’ve come to love?
    I DO trust you steve…it’s just that after seeing this sterling gig I can’t imagine things working out with a different permutation.
    however….things change, people change, well….everything changes!
    iv’e no doubt as a musical unit you will continue to be the most important thinking persons band around.
    can’t wait to hear the new stuff!
    love ya loads kilbs,
    thanks for keeping the magic alive,
    big man-hugs,

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 28 May 2014 at 8:01 am #

      thanks for the thumbs up
      i dunno if further/deeper is better than this
      but its as least as good

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    Kohl Ette | 28 May 2014 at 10:14 am #

    so… could be biting or ‘biding? I get it.

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    Ingrid | 28 May 2014 at 10:26 am #

    Hi SK, I can’t wait to hear it and I know its gonna be brilliant!!!

    Is there any chance it will be available (I just thought I’d ask), I was playing GAF & Starfish on my record player last night and there is nothing like playing it on vinyl, just seems to lend itself to it.

    Hope you are well.


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    Ingrid | 28 May 2014 at 10:31 am #

    I meant to say is it gonna be available on vinyl, but you probably realised what I meant.

    BTW I was at an art exhibition “The Grotto” at my uni held at Ourimbah campus on Saturday night (of which I was part of a performance art piece which was exciting) and I was chatting to a girl who ended up being a big Church fan. I told her there was a new Church album coming out and told her about this site. She was really excited and it was good to discuss all things Church. We were both jumping up & down.

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    Anonymous | 29 May 2014 at 9:51 am #

    I’m sitting in an endodontic clinic waiting on another, & I c yr mate Graham Nunn poem in their book.

    ‘The dirty yellow of the surf club wall subtley reflects its visitors. Each year I read the names of those in love, in need of love, or willing to buy and sell love. My name is there, alongside my partner’s. This year I peer through the trestles and reminisce.’

    A fresh coat of paint
    Rewrites history’

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    Shane D | 29 May 2014 at 9:34 pm #

    The Church, A Psychedelic Symphony, a stunning arrangement that will be played over and over for years to come.

    To all the people that made it possible – Thank you!

    I now have the DVD and CD set. 🙂

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      thetimebeing | 30 May 2014 at 7:55 am #

      its pretty damn good isnt it?

      • avatar
        Anonymous | 30 May 2014 at 8:20 pm #

        It’s fucking wonderful. Well worth the wait.

      • avatar
        Shane D | 31 May 2014 at 8:52 pm #

        Yes it is pretty damn good, on the 5th time round already for the CD. My thoughts are how come it took 3 years for this work to make it out?

        So much to explore with this refreshing version of classic Church songs.

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    Kohl Ette | 29 May 2014 at 9:34 pm #

    I’m inspired by Piscero or Lady Chatterley’s lover here. Anyway, bibing time.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 30 May 2014 at 8:20 pm #

      That’s ‘biding’, Miss Pouty.

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    michaelg | 29 May 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    great show with Robyn Hitchcock n SK in bris vegas. Best bits – providence and Lou’s Heroin, both duets with RH/SK. oh and those Gigolo Aunts was a nice romp..

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    Anonymous | 3 June 2014 at 1:54 am #

    Ok, so Visconti, Woodmansey, Ronson’s daughter and a dismal set of clods are performing the whole of the Man Who Sold The World in London in September.
    I look down nose, see it as a glorified tribute band and say no to tribute bands. But maybe I’m wrong?
    Steve – would you go to see this if it was in Sydney or nah, it really is just a trib act? Thoughts?

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    jay bee | 2 November 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    its a great f**king record thank you good job

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