posted on October 28, 2014 at 8:58 pm
another room in the east

another room in the east

we are doing a little tour in australia playing f/d and only f/d

its going pretty well except for a few rude morons in canberra of all places

sorry you wanted to hear old songs but we’re just doing our new album

we are not at your beck n call nor are we jukeboxes regurgitating old tunes

we are the church we are unrepentant

we do what we want despite what anybody says

i cop so much flak just for doing any single fucking thing

i pursued music so diligently i did my homework

i take it all in

all of us in the church we put the time in

we put the love in

i cannot think of an album i’ve been involved in that has as much love

we are getting wonderful reviews and i thank you all for the enthusiasm

the naysayers have receded to an impotent bunch of trainspotters and tools

all of them so sure they would hate it and guess what they really do

still the general consensus is otherwise

these naysayers are like a mosquito bite on my sensitivity

they cause a minor irritation and then they are gone

the necessary bloodsucking that nature apparently demands

live the band is kicking ye olde arse

12 new songs is not an easy ask on band or audience

but it was necessary

ian has to show what he brings to the table

because he brings a lot

not some hack to churn out old songs

peter and tim are monstrously good

craig wilson on auxiliary instruments is fantastic

playing all the things nobody else can get to

me? well i make mistakes and stuff

i keep trying harder and harder

remembering a bunch of words and bass parts

the fender 6 getting a good work out

we are not perfect yet but we sure  rocking on

i am enjoying myself

i am enjoying this incarnation of the band

after all its only rocknroll

its for fun..right?

so we will be back next year in australia and elsewhere

then we will deffo be playing some old choons

it just couldnt start like that straight off the bat

yes and my book will be with us very soon too

so you have 2 completely different things to immerse yourself in

should you want to enter the fucked up zany kilbosphere

brisbane is sold out

melbourne is going to be close

both these are nice venues or so i have been told

anyway it had to be this way

i hope we come to your city next year somewhere in this world

i am very proud of f/d and of our live sound

we will persevere on into the future god willing

and we will remain true to ourselves

on that

you can rely





147 Responses to “out n about with f/d”

  1. avatar
    David, Manchester UK | 28 October 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    Well said mate ….. Be true to yourselves …. WHat I wouldn’t give to be at one of those new album gigs ….

  2. avatar
    m- | 28 October 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    I love the way you try to explain your visions. Please come to Europe.

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 October 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    Playing FD only is exactly what I hoped you’d do.
    Suck it up, nostalgia-wallowers!

  4. avatar
    Bcooooooo | 28 October 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    Dear Steve, I hope you always do whatever the fuck you want musically! I was at the Sydney show and it seriously blew me away! The synergy between the whole band was just on and the main source of kudos has to go to the new material. I don’t know about Canberra and what that night was like but if you served them what you served us in Sydney, I don’t understand what their issue is. Possibly all about the nostalgia trip for them. I look at your mate Greg Dulli and he’s doing the same thing of letting his new material speak for itself and that’s exactly what you’ve earned the right to do. From my perspective in Sydney, you did it! You pulled it off. Congratulations! Can’t wait for the next show!

  5. avatar
    simondice | 28 October 2014 at 9:42 pm #

    on every level, thanks killa.
    the new album challenges beyond foolish expectations.
    i eagerly await the melby show.
    grazie mille

  6. avatar
    Shane D | 28 October 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    Any true Church fan simply could not love this collection of songs on Further Deeper. Some real gems in there!!

    And yes behind you all the way on playing all the new music live! It really should be that way!. F/D deserves a full tour for sure!

    Shane D

  7. avatar
    Georgie | 28 October 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    Perth next year please Steve 🙂

  8. etta
    etta | 28 October 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    Yo no Canberry full o Very Impotent Peeps?! Just havin a laff. Even funnier when they disappear! I got that one today too as I was listening in the car and being prevented from full blown road rage. Joke! Yes and lots of others, like: eyes on the blink and drowning in this s/ink… etc! Oh 😀 Btw, do you have half moons in your eyes? Or is it just disc eyes?

  9. avatar
    Jesiah6 | 28 October 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    I wish I could be there. I’d love to hear the new album played live in it’s entirety. I’m really loving it! You guys did a great job.

  10. avatar
    Kevin | 28 October 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    Rock on. Do what you need, the fans will go along!

  11. avatar
    david duchow | 28 October 2014 at 10:38 pm #


  12. avatar
    Kerrie | 28 October 2014 at 10:49 pm #

    Boo hiss to the tanty throwers! I think you all have amazing courage and talent and so much heart – so many people appreciate it – so stay true to yourself, it’s is the only thing worth being. Love.

  13. avatar
    Homer | 28 October 2014 at 10:56 pm #

    Playing FD in full was exactly the right thing to do.

  14. avatar
    Kerrie | 28 October 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    PS: You’ll love the acoustics at the Old Museum which are brilliant! and when you’re done you should take yourselves into Southbank to check out the pretty colourful city lights.

  15. avatar
    Jeremy | 29 October 2014 at 12:11 am #

    I for one can’t wait to hear the new songs live. Please bring the show to Perth Steve! Will see you at your book launch in Fremantle in any case…


  16. avatar
    James | 29 October 2014 at 12:24 am #

    Steve-I think its a fine thing to play all your new album. I hope you do this in the USA as all other bands pussy out on the new releases and play like only One or 2 songs from the new Who wants to sit thru another playing of some old tired song. Greg Lake said that when you make a new album its like a promise to pay, to see it performed live. Further Deeper is so full of greatness, its really a very lush landscape like some deciduous forest that takes time to go thru. God Bless you and the rest of the Band

  17. avatar
    stephen | 29 October 2014 at 12:52 am #

    As a long-term follower of the band I can appreciate why it is felt that a ‘line in the sand’ has to be drawn, especially with Ian coming onboard. He’s got to be judged for his own talents, not being lumbered as ‘not Marty’. With the band going for such a long time I suppose it’s a bit like carrying a rucksack of songs, sometimes you need to pare back for the particular journey that you are undertaking. By the time REM came to an end I was getting a bit sick of only ever really seeing clips of Man on the Moon or Losing My Religion and, if I’m being honest, UTMW has never been anywhere near my Top Ten Church songs

  18. avatar
    Will | 29 October 2014 at 1:02 am #

    Looking forward to seeing the band when they come to the US of A and picking up a copy of F/D and the new book. Thanks for doing what you do!

  19. avatar
    Trace Reddell | 29 October 2014 at 1:27 am #

    I’m proud of and for The Church for your path of reinvention and rejuvenation. If I played the same songs year after year, hell, I’d be in therapy! In fact, isn’t that why I see a counselor, engage in ritual, have joined a community of men that ranges from youth to elders, just to escape the same old songs and create something new?!? While I may wish for a little “Constant in Opal” or “Shadow Cabinet,” a bit of live “Night Friends” or “Kings” or “Tristesse,” it is clearly the challenge of “Toy Head” that I need right NOW, the blessing of “Love Philtre” that speaks to this MOMENT. Thank you, thank you, for remaining true to yourselves, and committing to change and transformation, and embracing the eternal NEW.

  20. avatar
    davem | 29 October 2014 at 4:53 am #

    My copy arrived on Friday. Been a mad week but have still found time to listen to it 4 times now. It’s a bloody cracker. Plenty of familiar sounds to keep the old ‘uns happy, but different enough to gain new converts I pray. Reluctant to list faves at this early stage but for now: Vanishing Man, Love Philtre, Lightening White, Let Us Go and Volkano. But the others are fab (4) too. Love the new vocals, but nice also to hear the baritone at times. So pleased at your choice in Ian. Will always love and respect MWP, but boy is the new version of the chrunch sounding good.
    Relieved and chuffed and excited.
    In your debt once again.

  21. avatar
    davem | 29 October 2014 at 4:57 am #

    Will we be able to pre-order the book soon? Any chance of a signed copy option for an extra quid or two?

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 29 October 2014 at 7:32 am #

      i dunno exactly how it all will work yet. its with a biggish company called hardie grant

  22. avatar
    Buster H | 29 October 2014 at 6:47 am #

    the crunch is dead ! long live the crunch !

  23. avatar
    japetchu | 29 October 2014 at 8:59 am #

    Shows how self-confident and proud you are with new material. And every real artist wants to take some risks.
    And the Church can really be proud of F/D.
    You’ve reinvented the magic. Again.
    This stuff really speaks to this moment.
    By playing only F/D on current tour the Church also shows respect to a new member of band.
    I hope that the Church come with F/D to Europe.
    Europe needs reformation 🙂
    We have to go furher
    and deeper.

  24. Kraig
    Kraig | 29 October 2014 at 9:41 am #

    Don’t care what anyone says Dammit! This album must be fucking good because I’m at work not even listening to it and it’s been playing over and over in my head nonstop all damn day! I can’t remember anything doing that for some time!? By far this is one Excellent Album! My wife never really got into you guys like i did but now she loves hearing F/D when we drive around and even said “I can get into this one!”. Miami is stuck in my head right at this moment, love them all so far especially Vanishing Man, Pride Before a Fall, Laurel Canyon, Old Coast Road, and Miami…its about to turn over and repeat all over! I noticed the guitar and harmonica in Miami sound hauntingly similar to Starfish but is fresh and new! Love all the bass in these songs too! Love how it seems your using all your voices on this album also! Need more extras released; can’t get enough even with the 3 extra cuts haha…bring it on! Patiently waiting to see you stateside. Don’t miss Saint Louis or Kansas City this time! Met you in Kansas City on the Forget Yourself Tour among others! Tim was having a good time wearing a bra on his head, you and Peter were each reading a book, and Marty was greeting people at the door i went through after the show. All signed my HAB CD too thanks! Carry on that tradition, was awesome! Cheers

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 29 October 2014 at 12:06 pm #

      we are coming!

      • Kraig
        Kraig | 30 October 2014 at 5:07 am #

        Excellent! Cannot Wait! Pride Before a Fall keeps playing over and over in my head after listening to the album again today, lost track of how many times I’ve played F/D can’t get it out of my head for two days straight LOL! I’m telling you Steve, you guys have a masterpiece stronghold on your hands! Waiting to hear the whole damn thing live! Cheers

      • Kraig
        Kraig | 30 October 2014 at 7:27 am #

        One more thing…took a break from F/D today and listened to Mercator Projection again here at work, had to mention that I love how the song “Child In Time” ends with mixing and going into “Tantalized”…cool! Also have to mention love hearing “Ritz” live and nicely done! Mercator Projection is slower to wear on me than F/D but is becoming unusually refreshing in it’s own right. This is satisfiying my itch for the extra extra songs i mentioned above even further…pun intended LOL. Big Cheers!

  25. avatar
    Cocoamo | 29 October 2014 at 9:53 am #

    Just a comment about the interview that said Steve was a vegetarian – converted early – not so much in deference to the animals but because meat would be bad for his looks – or some such wording. Anyway…

    I am not in Steve’s head, but I can tell you that I myself first stopped eating red meat because my cholesterol was high. Now it so happened the neighbor had cows and I used to watch them out the window. They were kinder to each other than most people are. I was happy to be able to look at them as friends and know I was not a party to the unhappy end they would suffer.

    That progressed until eventually I was 97% vegan, 27 years ago. The 97% is a long story, but I digress.

    The point is this: Many of us do love animals, and are therefore unable to face the fact that we are responsible for the ongoing animal holocaust. We are unable to even think about the horrid conditions in which these poor creatures are raised and slaughtered. We try to fool ourselves into thinking it’s really not so bad, or rationalize that in the wild they would be prey anyway, or whatever excuse we come up with for continuing to be contract killers. Sometimes, we need a little excuse until we have enough distance between our acts and the consequences of them.

    On this blog, Steve has repeatedly voiced his compassion for animals and hatred of the inhumane practices involved in killing animals for meat. I suppose at this point he may feel, as I do, that the health benefits of being vegetarian are a fortunate side benefit for doing the right thing.

    I know this is none of my business, but if there are some who feel disappointed or let down, they might want to reconsider.

    As always,
    Your Friend in Pennsylvania

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 29 October 2014 at 12:06 pm #

      exactly cocoamo
      i started for my own sake and ended up embracing it because its right for every creature
      if we all stopped eating meat for vanity still it would be a good result

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 31 October 2014 at 1:29 am #

      Here is a powerful, hard to watch, but excellent HBO documentary of undercover operation on a pig farm and shows the treatment of them on camera.

      Watch if you have the time:

    • avatar
      ess | 5 November 2014 at 10:02 pm #

      these cows are responding to your comment:

      • avatar
        Cocoamo | 10 November 2014 at 3:10 am #

        Inspiring that these folks are taking responsibility for others’ poor decisions.

        After having a picnic in the park, some will clean up after themselves, some will leave a mess behind, and then some will clean up after those who left a mess. It’s a struggle to decide to be with the third group.

        Thanks – brought a tear to the eye.

        Your Friend in Pennsylvania

  26. avatar
    veleska1970 | 29 October 2014 at 10:11 am #

    Jeez!! People can be seriously insensitive douchebags sometimes. If they want to hear only certain songs, then they can bloody well put on a CD and listen to only those songs until they turn blue in the face!!

    “these naysayers are like a mosquito bite on my sensitivity
    they cause a minor irritation and then they are gone”
    Methinks ignoring the naysayers and keep doing what you do best is probably one of the best bug repellents there is. 😉

    Lotza love……..

  27. avatar
    andy | 29 October 2014 at 10:29 am #

    noticed a naysayer on séance!
    yeah séance of all places?
    where do these annoying little gnats come from?
    why do they bother?
    all true fans think they’re utter twats…pay no attention at all.
    the f/d only decision was totally correct under the curcumstances, good on ya…seen the vids and ian meshes in like it was always meant to be.
    and congrats on the iTunes chart entry…about time too.
    I have a feeling in my water that things may not be quite as tough for you and the church from now on and that this wonderful artistic force you’ve helmed for so long may actually finally garner at least some of the recognition it deserves!
    you’ve been an oasis in a musical drought for SO long…..
    bless you my friend!
    and your stonking bandmates too.
    oh…and all the fambly and them that you love….and everyone on here and in fact the whole f’n world.
    see what power this album has?
    trawling facebook ect. can’t help but notice how many folk are asking you and the druids to come to the uk……if you do, got a bag of some real good jazz waiting for ya steve……………
    loadza love,

  28. avatar
    Rich | 29 October 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    Twas good to see the fender 6 out again. Ive got the same one. Its
    a ripper. I thought you guys dealt with the heckler with aplomb. Canberra still
    Loves ya. Come back soon. It was a great show.

  29. avatar
    Moo | 29 October 2014 at 8:31 pm #

    What a fantastic post. Well said Senator Steve. And what a fantastic band and new album. Only wish I am back in oz to see the shows. F/D is a relentlessly wonderful listen. Pride Before A Fall, Laurel Canyon, Old Coast Road and Lightning White are on super high rotation, worthy of the high mantle of innumerable Church Classics. Maybe if the naysayers, stopped their whinging for a moment and bothered to listen to it, they’d find that out too. Mosquitos indeed.

  30. avatar
    Michel | 29 October 2014 at 11:22 pm #

    Hope I can see The Church live once again in Europe soon…
    Be sure I will be the rudest moron at first row shouting for old classic tunes, well I can clearly hear me :
    “play The Girl Is Buoyant !”
    “I want Delirious !”
    “Toy Head ! play Toy Head !”
    “Pride Before A Fall, now, pleaaaase !”
    Because they are already classics, as the whole F/D is !

  31. avatar
    cheryl | 30 October 2014 at 1:18 am #

    ready for The Church to kick sum arse in New Orleans! ya friends from the bayou

  32. avatar
    Steven Krut | 30 October 2014 at 5:38 am #

    I think that F/D will eventually win over a lot of the naysayers. It really is of exceptional quality. It DOES have a different sound, though – due largely to Ian’s presence and influence. I think that’s the difficulty for some fans. It took me a few listens before I made the adjustment and saw how brilliant it is. I encourage any fan who is struggling with the new album to give it a listen without any preconceived expectations of what a Church album should sound like. Listen to it on its own terms and I think you’ll see how special it is.

  33. avatar
    John Garratt | 30 October 2014 at 6:43 am #


  34. avatar
    Wayno | 30 October 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Congratulations to the band on the release of F/D. As a long-time fan (switched on by Heyday) I can’t remember a Church album hitting me with such a sense of immediacy for a long time. I rate it as my favourite release since Forget Yourself (U23, while it has some great tunes, just didn’t get under my skin as an album for some reason) and it would be up there around my top 5 ever. Even the songs which didn’t appeal as obviously as others at first blush now spontaneously pop into my head. Favourites are difficult to pick from an eclectic album of consistent quality but Lightning White is a cracker.

    I’m really looking forward to the Old Museum show as the new line-up was great at Bulimba and Eaton’s. I met Ian recently (inside a giant owl as it happens – yes really, no hallucinogens involved) and he seems a very affable and down to earth fellow. Good to see that he’s taking his move to The Church seriously with 12 strings galore, EBow, etc…

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 30 October 2014 at 12:29 pm #

      good news wayne
      ian is the nicest guy ive ever met
      real easy to work with!

      • avatar
        Wayno | 30 October 2014 at 3:39 pm #

        Just saw the sign at Avid Reader for your book launch/conversation with Robert Forster but it’s booked out – bugger… There you go, two Brissie sell outs in one (long) weekend!

        • avatar
          thetimebeing | 30 October 2014 at 6:03 pm #

          can i get you in?
          put wayne o on the door?

          • avatar
            Wayno | 30 October 2014 at 9:24 pm #

            That’d be great if it’s possible. I bought the book anyhoo while I was there…

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 October 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    I’m probably the only one who thinks this, but the very beginning of “Love Philtre” sounds like, and reminded me of, the very beginning of the studio track “Into The Fire” by Bryan Adams….lol 🙂

    Love the entire new album.

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 30 October 2014 at 12:28 pm #

      yeah well bryan is a huge secret influence as y’all know

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 30 October 2014 at 9:29 pm #

      How would you know what a Bryan Adams song sounds like, Anon.12.20?

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 October 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    any chance of san diego getting on you destination map?
    yeah right… right?

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 30 October 2014 at 6:05 pm #


      • avatar
        Anonymous | 31 October 2014 at 3:08 pm #

        well i’d die to witness the ice cake detonation, and what better place for it than america’s finest city. oh right, now i’m dreaming of not one but two impossible things. delirious much? sorry

  37. avatar
    Andrew F | 30 October 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    Hey Steve,

    Have had FD on rotation now, just an awesome album well done. How you guys keep doing it is amazing. The Church has been a constant in my life since the mid 80s. I must admit it was disappointing to hear MWP wasn’t involved but when I heard Ian jumped in and was such a huge fan you always knew the music would be as awesome as ever. The first time I saw you guys must have been at the Regal theatre in Perth circa 1988? The joint went off and the curtains above the stage caught fire! Might have been a stray dube !! Back in 1999 I was in a bad accident and in intensive care for 3 weeks totally out of it. Whilst out of it my darling wife had my church albums playing quietly behind my bed and I reckon it got me through mate (also converted a heap of nursing staff!). Since then haven’t seen you guys as often as I would like – last time Red Hill Auditorium. But the Psychedelic Symphony was great and the ARIA speech as funny as fxck. Cant wait for the book mate. My son is 12 and with Itunes these days he has access to my music through our devices at home. He has taken a likening to a lot of what I listen to (Tame Impala and Pond being on high rotation for him at present) but he has just declared reptile is his current favourite track at the moment! Sorry you are probably sick of hearing that but mate it is a masterpiece! So the youngest of generations is getting on board! I will slowly introduce him to FD. Take care and cant wait to see you in Perth!

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 30 October 2014 at 6:05 pm #

      this is all good stuff to hear. playing the church in hospital, that made my day andy!

  38. avatar
    crimson | 30 October 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Oh man, I am here all the way from Portland Oregon in the states, hoped to see the show Saturday at the Old Museum but the show is sold out. Can anyone help me with a ticket?

  39. avatar
    veleska1970 | 30 October 2014 at 8:53 pm #

    Y’all need to come to Dallas again. I want to get a current photo. 😀

  40. avatar
    jackousa | 31 October 2014 at 6:16 am #

    Still like Uninvited Like the clouds in modern releases but this new one is a close second. Peter K is still the best Aussie guitar hero of the past thirty years.
    Look forward to seeing you back in was a sellout last time the Church was here and will be again. Flew down to Sydney for the Psych symphony and celebrated a 50th Bday with some friends who also flew from Perth for the concert.
    The band is like a Margaret River cabernet..gets better with aging.
    A fan for 32 years.. keep it up Mate

  41. avatar
    maney_mate | 31 October 2014 at 7:24 am #

    “out n about with f/d”
    can’t wait for my copy
    to hit my state
    thanks for the buzz
    in the air
    see ya in yanksville ’15
    nothin better ever
    than y’all.
    stay maney too!

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 October 2014 at 7:55 am #

    U can put me on the door list. I liked to ask u both about what your thoughts are on what I experienced the night GWM died. But I’m not so sure I’m allowed to ask.
    Working Fri night so if this is the Avid bookstore night, couldn’t make it anyway.

  43. avatar
    Crasher | 31 October 2014 at 10:45 am #

    Heard Tim P (pronounced Poles) on Triple R with Neil Rogers last night.
    If Tim had a brother Ralph, I’m guessing he would be Rafe Poles…yes I am kidding.
    Very blessed here in Melbourne to have both 3RRR
    (I’m a subscriber.$75.00 pa)and 3PBS…both community stations mainly staffed by volunteers playing their own individual playlists.
    I’ll be listening to the Ghost (aka Stephen Walker)in the Skull Cave this arvo from 4pm to 7pm on RRR.
    He’s a big church fan.A few years back he played Night Sequence off BW2B.
    all 20 odd minutes of it.
    If that book of yours is available tonight Mr Kilbey, I will duly snaffle it up.
    If there’s a single of Pride Before A Fall I’ll snaffle that too.
    When the snaffling mood takes over, the wallet empties in the blink of an eye.

  44. avatar
    Eskaedor | 31 October 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    Happy Halloween Steve!

  45. avatar
    Rjurik | 31 October 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    Looking forward to the book Steve, but sad we never got a selection for Overland journal a few years back. 🙁

  46. avatar
    Gavin | 31 October 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    If the genie grants me three wishes:
    1) please come to Phoenix on the F/D USA tour
    2) if you do come, play a Refo:mation tune
    3) please consider playing something from Back With Two Beasts ( it is the greatest B-side album ever)
    4) play the B-sides from F/D in addition to the full regular album.

    god, I suck at math!

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 October 2014 at 11:17 pm #

    What the fuck are these supposed ‘naysayers’ actually saying ‘nay’ to?
    No MWP? But MWP didn’t want it anymore – so they should whine to Marty, not you.
    FD’s shit? It isn’t though, is it – it’s fucking wonderful.
    I don’t see how any church fan wouldn’t love it.
    So what’s their fucking problem, really?

  48. avatar
    dcb | 1 November 2014 at 2:29 am #

    Wow. Strongest album from front to back since I don’t know when. My favorite song on first listen was Let Us Go and I don’t anyone had even picked that out as a track to talk about. So cool.

  49. avatar
    Robert | 1 November 2014 at 2:49 am #

    Great album Steve. Just had my first listen to say Lou lou…fuckn wonderful too! You have a lot to be proud of. Good on ya.


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    HK | 1 November 2014 at 2:57 am #

    Hi, I’m that irritating girl from after the Canberra show who’s been trying to get in contact with you. I’ll make a last-ditch attempt and try to say things here. I can’t tell if it was my dad who originally got me into you guys (the rest of my music taste is in a similar vein to the Church, so I would’ve ended up here sooner or later), but he’s been a fan since the early days and immediately offered to shout me a ticket when I told him I was excited about you coming here. He told me he was pretty jealous when I told him all about how great the show was, getting to meet all of you (sort of, I was too shy to talk to Peter) and talking about punk bands he used to see in Sydney the seventies and eighties. He didn’t tell me until a couple of days after that the reason he couldn’t go was because he’d fallen quite ill over the past month or so with something undiagnosed, possibly from some chemicals he’d been exposed to at work and was scared that he’d be laid off if he didn’t get better soon. It really pisses me off that that show was wasted on people like the heckler when there were people who really wanted to see it but couldn’t. I thought that maybe you could understand that, having so many daughters yourself.

    Also, I’ve been suicidally depressed for a while and last weekend honestly made me happier than I’d been in…possibly years. Really, I don’t usually run around saying that to bands after every concert I go to, but that show triggered something else in me. And that was even though I’d been there since about 7:30, waited awkwardly at the door from 8-10 because I didn’t know anyone there, and had spent the past three days living off mostly orange juice and painkillers. Maybe the effect it had on me doesn’t really mean anything because I’m sort of a boring moron anyway, but during the afterglow over the past week, any friend I’ve linked to Church stuff to try and convert them has liked it. I know this is possibly all meaningless because you’ve had stupid kids running after you for over a decade before I was born.

    I’m really keen to see the band again if/when you come back around for Part 2. You’re probably sick of fans telling you this, but I’d love to get to see some Priest=Aura if you’re playing old stuff as well.

  51. Kraig
    Kraig | 1 November 2014 at 7:44 am #

    Hey Steve, when’s your book gonna be availalbe to order to get a signed copy on your site here or anywhere? Having a hard time finding it in the USA, but did find a handful who carry it overseas and want to order it, and i read an excerpt from it and am no very interested in reading it! Want to know if we can order a signed copy from you before i order? Looks really good! I want! Let us or me know! cheers!

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    davem | 1 November 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    I suspect Old Coast Road is the most beautiful song that’s ever been written.

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    Bec | 1 November 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    Bless you guys……regret nothing
    love always……

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    ravencountess | 1 November 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    create, innovate and you will never stagnate. I had the privilege and jpy of hearing you perforn F/D in Melbourne last night..a sonic psychadelic bath that completely blew me away. Thank you for always staying true to yourselves. This will be a a Beltaine evening I will always remember. Blessings xxx

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    verdelay | 2 November 2014 at 9:27 am #


    I just heard your new record.

    I’ll spare you the superlatives – though I doubt it’s possible to tire of hearing them…and hear them I’ve no doubt you will.

    The music is one thing, but let me just congratulate you on an outstanding libretto. I have barely begun to absorb them, but my first impression is that the lyrics here are utterly compelling and worthy of the material: sharp, stark, clever, occasionally very funny, insightful, and emotionally resonant. A perfect fit with the soundscape.

    After decades and decades it is difficult to judge these things, but my abiding feeling right now is that this is the best record you’ve made with The Church. Cohesive, vibrant, pulsing, and kaleidoscopically layered. Clearly a collaborative work of love. I’m very, very impressed. More power to your e-bow.


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    KP Buk | 2 November 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    a song cannot be un-sung
    like children playing in the sun-light
    i hope they don’t mind my edits

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    Crasher | 2 November 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    Loved the Friday night gig at Ormond Hall.
    One of those venues that probably caters for weddings,parties,anything…
    and lots of other bands too !.
    Wouldn’t be surprised to find AC/DC played there in the ’70s.
    Now for the show.
    From it’s toyhead start to it’s miami ( and don’t look back)closer, this was a powerhouse performance from a brilliant band that just keeps on giving
    champagne entertainment.
    No standouts..the entire show was a standout.
    That voice getting better with age…are you guys using performance enhancing drugs ?.
    The crowd loved hearing the new album.Applause level off the charts.
    Whether the crowd infected you with their enthusiasm, or you infected the crowd with your joie de vie, I’m not sure.
    Probably a bit of both…. a perfect storm.
    Now I’m not one to chase autographs..I’m a believer in maintaining the punter vs performer divide.
    But a book signing is something else ..
    I had earlier enjoyed a moment of snaffle success by purchasing the book.
    I mean THE BOOK….
    I met the writer.
    For me it was something of a quite peculiar moment.
    It was great to greet and meet you Steve…hey bro.
    Nice shirt (yours not mine)..
    What I’d give to be able to wear a shirt that I could actually tuck in.
    All in all a truly twoderful ( i.e more than wonderful) experience.
    Thanks for the… ?? scrawled on my CD.
    I was on a roll after Ian’s autograph…nice bloke
    Gave him some positive reinforcement too…not that he needs it.

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    Travis | 3 November 2014 at 11:34 am #

    Wow. Just blown away by F/D. 20 seconds into “Vanishing Man” and I’m knocked backwards by the sonics. 45 seconds into it, I had to rewind it just to confirm that I wasn’t hallucinating. Same feeling I remember sensing first time I dropped in “Hey day” and heard the chords of “Myrrh.”

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    weedkook | 3 November 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    Hello Steve,Will you be doing any book signings in Sydney ?

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    weedkook | 4 November 2014 at 12:46 am #

    Me again,how can I get a transcript of yr interview with Robert Forster ?(so many questions 🙂 )

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    Bookworm | 4 November 2014 at 5:52 am #


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    etta | 4 November 2014 at 10:57 am #

    Listening to seance which I bought at futura before it closed down. Am able to make connections between this and your latest… one day…. fruition etc…Happy for you. Having observed your performances over the past few years (compared to early years which were wonderful enough), it is great to watch you and see how you feel the music from your feet to your fingertips to the top of your head, seeing, hearing and sensing it rock your whole body and being, emanating forth towards us and infecting us. I played my children music as babies and glad my son has studied art to the highest level in highschool although it was an on/off thing which he picked up again with satisfaction this year. Glad he found some pleasure among the dryer subjects. Doing his final exam today. My daughter is doing well in her dance training. A bit more travel to come next year…! I try to practise my own form of physical self expression (as opposed to talking,writing or art), starting with ballet and yoga. Teachers say I’m flexi and we’re working on strength. But I don’t feel fully released til I have stood before a church performance and moved/been moved! 🙂

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    Anonymous | 4 November 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    Steve, if you’ve forgiven Stuart Coupe for knifing you in the back like he did, what did Steve Sutherland do that was so much worse you hate him to this day?

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    Bookworm | 5 November 2014 at 5:34 am #

    Hey Steve when can we buy and get a signed copy of your book?

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    Craig | 6 November 2014 at 12:00 am #

    Steve – any solo gigs in Victoria planned other than the Montrose and Upwey shows?

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    Anyone out there? | 7 November 2014 at 12:42 am #

    You still alive, Kilbey?

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    Anonymous | 7 November 2014 at 4:38 am #

    tour Europe first… States after – or at least “both” when it’s not too cold/too much snow. Would that not suck if after all this time, snowed-in and couldn’t make it? I think that would be sad.

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    Shane D | 9 November 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    I thought A Psychedelic Symphony was the best music for 2014 – I was wrong big time. As good as that was – it’s not a touch on Further Deeper.

    Further Deeper is a stand out album for 2014 and will sell out shows world wide for some time to come.

    I no longer feel I have to hide the fact I am a Church tragic fan lol.

    Aussie music at it’s best – 2014 is the year of The Church 🙂

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    Anonymous | 9 November 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    Steve, how do you reckon FD would’ve been different if Rick Maymi had accepted your offer to replace Marty?

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    etta | 10 November 2014 at 8:21 am #

    How is your leg? Was I was too firm? The buddhist nun reminded me of being afraid of my power and I was amazed at the force of my hand. What could it mean? Anyway… thanks for a thigh slapping time at St Stephen’s yesterday. Those anglicans seem alright.

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      thetimebeing | 10 November 2014 at 1:05 pm #

      my leg survived
      thanks for being there!

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        etta | 10 November 2014 at 5:05 pm #

        Thats ok. (Good i sp’ose, no burn marks)

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          etta | 11 November 2014 at 7:00 am #

          Btw… now also, down to ‘real’ biz. I wont order a signed book here tho was tempted. Sam said she would keep one aside for Melb so just confirming that that would be great. Very good of you and appreciate it! See you soon 🙂

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            thetimebeing | 11 November 2014 at 8:58 pm #

            hopefully can sell the book in melby but not sure as its at ACMI

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            Kohl Ette | 11 November 2014 at 9:26 pm #

            Ordered it here now then. Rightho. Dont worry. Sometimes not sure if i am arthur or martha either.

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    Wayno | 10 November 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    Thanks so much for getting me in to the book launch Steve, much appreciated. Robert Forster did a fine job as interviewer. I was a little dumbstruck when you signed my book so I forgot to say, “Thanks for the tunes – soundtrack to my life!” You’ve had a busy couple of weeks, Kilbosphere/Church seem to be omnipresent in the media at the moment which isn’t a bad thing.

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    Rich | 10 November 2014 at 11:44 pm #

    I went to the canberra anu show and it was s ripper. I hadnt bought
    the cd at that stage but I remember the opening song at the anu show
    was toy head. The way that song just builds up with that rollicking bass
    crescendo at the start and its ethereal almost retro sound is just
    superb. What a great song to start the show on. Wish I could pound
    the bass as good as that steve. I still dream of some bass lessons
    someday from the master! How you create that dynamic is beyond me!

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      thetimebeing | 11 November 2014 at 8:59 pm #

      thanks for the bass comments
      i try

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      Ainsley_Reed | 28 January 2015 at 3:11 pm #

      My son and I were at that show, my first Church show since the one on the Heyday tour where I first asked my wife out.
      I had bought the F/D CD but it hadn’t arrived in the mail yet.
      I thought the heckling and your subsequent offer of a headkicking added no end of rock and roll atmosphere. Loved the gig, play the CD quite often and enjoy it more and more.
      The Fender VI is cool but every time you went back to the Jazz I was struck by how much punchier it is.
      Canberra, pft, you know how it is. Please come back soon.

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    Boca Ben | 11 November 2014 at 12:10 am #

    play all the new music you want in south florida 🙂

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    Boca Ben | 11 November 2014 at 12:11 am #

    like your rock shirts dude!

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    Shane D | 11 November 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    So what is making me play this album over and over? Further Deeper has not come off the cd player yet, had trips in the car and gets going on the laptop at night. It has me intrigued as normally a new album lasts a few days, maybe a week or two before it gets forgotten and put aside.

    Anyone has access to the type instruments played on the album. What makes this so distinctly The Church? I feel it may well be what is NOT done in all the sounds. Nothing seems forced or made to work – it just works with just enough of every thing. I feel there lay the magic this album possesses. It is full of wonderful connections that keep you coming back for more. A perfect collection of words and sounds. So many new sounds for The Church here, but all still fit so well.

    I cant pick a favourite song like I would with most new albums – normally 2 or 3 are stand outs most times… not so here!!

    I cant read a stitch of music or play a note… But I love the work of The Church and will take it with to my grave!

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      thetimebeing | 11 November 2014 at 8:57 pm #

      shane i feel the same way about FD
      im glad youre understanding and digging it so thoroughly
      that is fucking cool!

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    James | 11 November 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    This is why i like you and the band. you follow your own muse. i have the new album and it’s brilliant. i have been listening to it in my car for 2 weeks now. keep doing what you are doing. can’t wait to get your book in America. A American fan. Wish you would come back to the states again. Peace.

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    Anonymous | 13 November 2014 at 12:06 pm #


    Another good review of F/D here from Popmatters (with some other Church links):

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    Melbourne Simon | 15 November 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Further Deeper… be mine soon….

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    Trace Reddell | 20 November 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    Just saw Church tickets went on sale for Gothic Theatre in Denver, CO, March 3! Can’t wait to hear F/D live!!!! I’m a professor at U of Denver, let me see if I can help promote a book reading/signing as well while you’re in town, Steve.

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    Stephend2112 | 28 November 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Love the new album. Thanks to you & please pass them on to your bandmates. Will the extra tracks that are on the vinyl version be released on CD or digitally anytime soon? I haven’t even heard them..

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    Rob | 1 December 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    Hey Steve,

    Great post! Long may you remain fiercely proud of The Church and uncompromising in your determination to forge your own path, and not do merely what others expect of you.

    I have been a fan for many, many years (thirty plus) and I love F/D. Every time I play it, it reveals fresh treasures. How the heck did you guys do that? I believe it will come to be regarded as a classic, not just by Church fans. The new songs sound great live. My girlfriend is a new Church fan, and F/D has been her ‘gateway’ album to discovering your music. How cool is that? It has been such fun to give her a guided tour of the Church back catalogue.

    Saw you guys at Queenscliff Music Festival and we are still riding the buzz. I must say that in addition to the F/D stuff, those few older ones you did at the Festival were great too. The band had a great groove going during ‘You Took’, even if the great unwashed failed to appreciate it. Thanks to all of you for being so gracious with your time at artist signing afterwards.

    I said to my girlfriend that I would probably get all awkward and nerdy saying hi to SK at artist signing afterwards and she said I wouldn’t. I determinedly set about proving her wrong. After all, it it’s a big deal to speak to a person whose music one has admired so long. Of course on the way home I thought of all the cool stuff I could have chatted with you about. Anyway, would just like to say that your music is a joy and a blessing in my life.

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