posted on November 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm

st kilba in st kilda

well well well

here i am still in melby

we played a good show at the corner hotel

we dipped into some strange and unplayed songs

every member of the band got to pick 4

we didnt play any hits at all  (thank god!)

except at the end one guy insisted on playing u.m.

(ok fair enuff except i dont like it but…..)

anyway lotta people very jazzed we played an obscurity like snowfaller

my choices we ripple maya on angel street and block

so blame me if you hate them…and are coming to syd show…

whilst on stage i noted the effect of all that energy

i was starting levitate somewhat

it might look like im pogoing but im getting rid of excess energy

i would have laughed at this stuff once but i am having mystical experiences playing

i get filled with rushes of lovely energy

i get filled with light n love and all that…even if its a nasty-ish song

i feel weightless i lose my head in it all

and i sometimes have to jump up and down

the music takes you and possesses you

you gotta do what it says i guess

if you invite it in n it says jump

youd be a fool not to jump

i guess once upon a time i was having a platonic relationship with music

now after all these years its become physical i suppose

and it gives you back whatever you put in

at least thats how it is for me

something coming thru me more and more

i am not how i used to be on stage at least

theres a force out there and i let it in on what i do

i dunno what to call that force maybe its simply chi or prana

maybe its creativity maybe its god

may be its some dead artist(s) working thru me

because i am more receptive to it now than ever

you know its a hard thing to pin down

but anyway somethings gotta hold of me onstage

so corner a good  good gig. a fun gig. a happy gig.

last night we played a private party

at barrys house here in st kilda, melba-horn

a very nice house

a very gracious host and hostess barry n his wife

lovely rellies and friends too

now whooda thunk it eh?

me liking playing in someones house?


i know….

nevertheless the spirit manifested

i closed my eyes we sang n played in a living room

eventually (it was 40  degrees ) they opened the windows

people were standing in front garden listening

timbo was chatting with people outside in between numbers

i stood there playing and singing

barry encouraged me to light up there n then

so i did n then passed it round to whoever needed a puff

it certainly helps with the heat

i drank some very nice scotch too from barry

barry refused to put coke in with it and i’m glad

it was very nice scotch

of course like an idiot eventually i drank too much

it all caught up with me suddenly after the gig

the heat the scotch the weed my age etc etc

i made a quick exit n ungraciously disappeared without thanking barry

we were remunerated quickly too in real dollars wow!

it was a fantastic night.

it meant as much to me as playing blah blah blah in new york or wherever

barry and his family made us welcome

the food was delicious and many vegan options

the audience were incredible

i had a ball

and the spirit indeed came down and i heated up and sweated a bucket

nevertheless it is what being a musician is all about

tonight its a big big place with all the bangs and whistles

i’m gonna be good there as well

so will my compadres they cant help it  they are so good

tim powles is unbelievable

i cant imagine how it gets much better than that

the guitarists are breathtakingly accomplished

the yin and yang of each other

we were good at corner hotel

we were good at barrys party

we will be good tonite and at the wineries

thats at least something isnt it?


ps about the mugs

you can get em at the syd show or futura in bondi rd

other than that best off to contact holly@thetimebeing

or go to gallery section

if you want one …there arent many left tho….

sk love



48 Responses to “party animal”

  1. avatar
    Chris | 30 November 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    And that simplest Lute,
    Plac’d length-ways in the clasping casement, hark !
    How by the desultory breeze caress’d,
    Like some coy maid half-yielding to her lover,
    It pours such sweet upbraiding, as must needs
    Tempt to repeat the wrong ! And now, its strings
    Boldlier swept, the long sequacious notes
    Over delicious surges sink and rise,
    Such a soft floating witchery of sound
    As twilight Elfins make, when they at eve
    Voyage on gentle gales from Faery-Land,
    Where Melodies round honey-dropping flowers,
    Footless and wild, like birds of Paradise,
    Nor pause, nor perch, hovering on untam’d wing !
    O ! the one Life within us and abroad,
    Which meets all motion and becomes its soul,
    A light in sound, a sound-like power in light,
    Rhythm in all thought, and joyance every where–
    Methinks, it should have been impossible
    Not to love all things in a world so fill’d ;
    Where the breeze warbles, and the mute still air
    Is Music slumbering on her instrument….
    Whilst thro’ my half-clos’d eye-lids I behold
    The sunbeams dance, like diamonds, on the main,
    And tranquil muse upon tranquility ;
    Full many a thought uncall’d and undetain’d,
    And many idle flitting phantasies,
    Traverse my indolent and passive brain,
    As wild and various, as the random gales
    That swell and flutter on this subject Lute !

    And what if all of animated nature
    Be but organic Harps diversly fram’d,
    That tremble into thought, as o’er them sweeps
    Plastic and vast, one intellectual breeze,
    At once the Soul of each, and God of all ?

    from~ The Eolian Harp by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  2. avatar
    Chris | 30 November 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    We are children of Rarn
    We’ve trodden the vales of the sun
    The child will cry
    On swans they fly
    We are the children of Rarn

    And we are the seekers of space
    We’ve seen our master’s face
    It’s young and gold
    And silvery old
    We are the seekers of space…

    Rock On Mahatma!

  3. avatar
    princey | 30 November 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Hiya sk, glad you’re enjoying your time so far in Melby town.
    Yes!! the Corner Hotel was a fun night, The Church weren’t only “good”, to us, you were brilliant, amazing, talented-beyond-belief musicians up on stage giving ityour all in that hot, sweaty room!! I was left breathless from excitement, “pogoing” and screaming/singing along, loving every second of it. I know what you mean, the energy just fills ya up and there’s no way you can stand still, especially for u guys being the ones pumping out all that music and feeling the lurve-vibes given off by the audience, wow!, a night I’ll never forget.
    Looking forward to another awesome night in Sydney, hope your glasses got fixed too 🙂
    LOve always, Amanda

  4. avatar
    kell | 30 November 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Where r u’s playing tonite? How could i not know about this? (Is it up to Sydney n back down again tomorrow?? Surely not…!) If ur in St Kilda 4 the rest of today, a good place to go is ‘Gorunga’ – new Hare Krsna restaurant thingy on other side of Fitzroy St, near the Brunswick tram stop. Good blessed food.
    Ok, if there’s any time Sunday, if u still in the Yarra Valley, check out Mt St Leonard’s. Amazing place, big trees, lookout on top of mountain. A little walk 2 get to it. Drive to Healesville, turn left at the end of the town onto Myers Creek Rd (Mt St Leonards Rd), & keep going, through the winding road for about 15 minutes until u come to the mountain on the right. Donnellys Weir is also a beautiful place to be, it’s before the mountain on your right, just after you turn left out of the town.
    The Toolangi forests are really beautiful, I spent Sept exploring them & assisting where I could in their protection. People were camped out there all through winter & spring, local grannies locked onto machinery to halt logging, a big festival was held (Possum Riot)with people from all over Australia coming. The Federal Govt know all about it & it’s still in process. It’s still being logged. It’s the home of Victoria’s faunal emblem, the Fairy Leadbeater Possum. Really cute, really rare, & lives in some of the most beautiful remaining forest in the world.(There’s nothing like Victorian forests….)
    Thought to be extinct for 50 years, miraculously rediscovered in 1961. On the Nationally Endangered list. The Central Highlands Action Group were supposed to send something to the band management of everyone playing Sat, in relation to this, as one of the managers at Rochford Winery is apparently really pro-logging. This is why I’m writing this here (apologies!), so at least u know a little bit….maybe go out there with Jim Kerr. He likes trees! Wish i could be there Sat, but, alas, I won’t be. It’s our Wurundjeri Land, you are so welcome here…
    If ur bored at any point (yeah right!), look up Central Highlands Action Group on facebook (CHAG), you can see all the pics of all the actions & drama that have taken place out there over the past 3 months, & going back to last year.
    Our Earth is our Mother, we are supposed to be her Guardians. She wants you to visit….& you might have a lyrebird walk across your path…..cheers & blessings Kilbey…!xxx

  5. avatar
    Wayne | 30 November 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Barry, you forgot to send me the invite for your party man!

    Great cross section of tunes there. Say it isn’t the last tour; still undecided about the Models/Devo/Simple Minds thing which is the only Brisso option…

  6. avatar
    AnAkhA | 30 November 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    Thank you, Sir.
    To be a punter (and long time fan)at a gig that is more than just a perfunctory “greatest hits” show was fantastic! To hear those beautiful, meaningful songs that appeal to the true fan was brilliant. I was blown away (yet again) by a brilliant performance.

  7. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 30 November 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    You made it in melly melba, sounds peachy haha. Hmmm so much to say but it’s too hot to spoke (or smoke) for that matter so I will only grok. I’m astonished to hear you drank who would’ve thank? You are fortunate to be able to dance on stage if that is your want. Do you know how hard it is in this country to get a kid educated in academics as well as vocational ballet if they are under 17 which of course most keen dancers want to start as young as poss – oh that is if they stupidly studied the Russian school and not the queen’s ballet? I do… but I won’t go there here. I’m keen on a mug but loathe to get it home broken, so maybe I might remember to bring some bubble wrap to the factory and hope for the best. All the best, look forward to the rest.

  8. avatar
    Trevor \|/ | 30 November 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    All good song choices, Steve. Must admit I cringe everytime our local radio station announces “ up, a song from the church..”, then on comes ungarded moment, almost with you or under the milky way. Urrghh, for s**tsake…! Not bad songs but there’s so much more just as good if not better…glad you played ‘Maya’ & “snowfaller’, excellent tracks from their respecive albums.

    So, after playing together again…..and with all the good vibes going ’round….any chance of…..#24…?

  9. avatar
    andy | 30 November 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    i had to endure marilyn manson and rob zombie last night.
    this is what comes of playing taxi service for ones darling daughters.
    manon is all washed-up, tired po-faced stuff played very badly at chest
    busting volume…inept and quite sad really.
    zombie’s guys can at least play….but the songs?…juvinile drivel at best.
    zeez….wish i’d been at barry’s house.
    you picked some great songs there killah………….

  10. avatar
    Sara Clark | 30 November 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    Beautiful SK. It was an honor to be witness to it xxxx

  11. avatar
    Ryan Murdock | 30 November 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    That sounds like two absolutely fantastic shows! You know, I thought the 3 album tour – with Priest=Aura live – was the pinnacle of my concert going life. That after hearing those I could rest content in the knowledge that nothing could really top it again. But a show made up solely of obscure gems? I could easily fill a 3 hr setlist with choices. I bet any of us here could. Seriously, that would be a Church fan’s final enlightenment.

    And good on ya Barry for hosting such a cool gig. Jeez, we really should do that in Europe if folks could agree on a location.

    >barry refused to put coke in with it and i’m glad

    I hope you didn’t ask him to Steven. Such a thing would get you cast into the cellar here. The one with the WWII shelter. There are still “correctional devices” from the inquisition kicking around on this island. And history books that explain their use.

    • avatar
      Admin | 1 December 2012 at 8:38 am #

      i asked for coke but he silently gave it back without it….

  12. avatar
    homer | 30 November 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Glad Nothing Seeking has been given a dusting off!

  13. avatar
    Billy Baldwin | 30 November 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    I didn’t think you drank Killa. Thought drinking was evil? Man, you are up and down like a yoyo? I thought the Church was finished?

    • avatar
      Admin | 1 December 2012 at 8:37 am #

      you drove me to drink dicknose
      with yer silly comments

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 November 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    Snowfaller was great…great track listing…a night for REAL church fans…loved it

  15. avatar
    Melissa | 30 November 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    hey, I know where that photo is!

    Steve, you and the band were just freakin amazing tonight at the Palais Theatre. I said to Holly that my face melted from the sheer power and energy you all sent out (and it felt really good too).

    I really love you guys, I really felt my soul restored this evening. Can’t wait for Sydney

    thank you xx

  16. avatar
    Richard | 1 December 2012 at 12:10 am #

    nice to hear you up

  17. avatar
    koala_sprint | 1 December 2012 at 1:56 am #

    Can you tell us what songs the other guys picked? I’m always interested to see what songs the band members love to play.
    Looking at the Melbourne set list, apart from Ripple and Chaos, all songs where from either the first 4 albums, or last 5. It says a lot for what you think of the songs from Heyday to Box of Birds.
    How much would it take for you to play on my terrace overlooking Parc Guell in the middle of Barcelona? I’m going to break my piggy bank.



  18. avatar
    daveoto | 1 December 2012 at 2:34 am #

    Oh to be a Church fan in the UK!
    It’s like living on another planet (with another girl).
    Left out of the loop; all alone.
    Witnessing great & wonderful things happening from afar; wishin’ & hoping.
    Playing the music; closing me eyes; transcending the cold & the mundane & the austere.
    Being with the timebeing in spirit at least.
    enjoy the shows all u lucky ones

  19. avatar
    davem | 1 December 2012 at 3:31 am #

    Jealous jealous jealous

    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 1 December 2012 at 12:41 pm #

      …I play the last set list by sorting up my files…

      …close my eyes and relax- I’m right there…

      …cannot be jealous, but happy for the others…
      because its so memorable, it stays with u forever…

      Hav a grt Day-Davem !

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 1 December 2012 at 9:02 am #

    The four songs I would have chosen…yes
    I guess Block was the also picked by me on ur last blog
    we talkd in ’06 outside the PW and u glowed brightly, at around 2am
    that “Block is gonna stand the test of all time, I thing the structure of the
    songs defines the band entirely in one song…and you hoped the same
    I love Block (…but not nearly as much as OLDflameChaosFilm.

    Iv had the ‘perfect’ set list in my head for a life time…
    And if my #’s would hav come in Wednesday – those millions and
    millions …I’d invite the four of you hear to a private hotel with a quaint-
    yet acceptable aura…with ur entourage (imagine a Killer entourage)

    Of course , every comfort would be afforded …
    nothing more i would implore for …only the music to be
    A five day little vaca , bring the girls…just to see Chicago in
    the beauty of a gentle snowfall-er …
    And other guests invited to accompany…
    Get my neighbr to borrow me his Falcon so we can
    take a scenic drive along the shore line , from n to s
    A menu created for ease and comfort, with a delightful person assistant…
    myself…and a trip to Old Town Music on Lincoln so we can play with the
    antiquities…u on bass/me on a Carvin…the evenings festivities ..and I have some
    ‘sealed’ buds n leaves waiting for all of thee…we indulge…power up-plug(directly)in…

    For this setlist I would donate $$$,$$$ for :

    Twin Star
    On Angel…

    Intermission…Scotch and stories if u like (mayb not the spirits from ur latest encounter with)
    …and onto-

    Welcome -(with a new ‘name’ twist for falling down laughs)
    ….(let’s get serious now and u strap up the Fender)
    Deadmans Hand
    …(a emotional gutwrentchin)

    …(cool down , freshn job..some hugs -more smiles – some funny pix

    “Daz didn’t fly my tiring my old arse , for all those hours, not to hear the final 3 songs, he
    would hav had us play them over and over and over – for a couple $,$$$ more…so…
    here we go……..”

    Old Flame

    …and the show ends, the party eventually ends, and back home u travel first class (identical to the past
    couple days)

    ………. 🙂

    ….I only had couple #’s , I’ll keep playing the game…if only you will never
    leave the stage…..always be….Marty-Peter-TIM-and Steve.

    The greatest RnR band on the planet…please stay together and devise a plan
    to squash the doubters and enjoy the years forward, together…band, family, friends.


  21. avatar
    Stevo | 1 December 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Becoming a Church devotee at 16 (in 1987) and my daughter at 14 (in 2008) it was al pleasure that we could both meet you before the Corner Hotel Gig. Sharing the experience with my mate who stood beside me at Golden Plains a couple of years back. Thankyou so much for graciously popping outside that little Japanese resturant on Swan St for some photos and a chat … Surreal … inter generational … and much appreciated !!

    • avatar
      Admin | 1 December 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      you know stevo…meeting you guys was so cool…thanks for the experience my man!

  22. avatar
    Ingrid | 1 December 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Hi SK, would have loved to be at Melbourne show, it sounds like you had an awesome night!!! Can’t wait for Sydney show on Thursday night, looking forward to it xxx

  23. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 1 December 2012 at 11:39 am #

    I would love to drink scotch and feast on vegan food with Sk after a dynamic Church gig. It would be concurrently surreal and ethereal. I’ve been listening to Dave Davies of the Kinks recently. He has some nice and not very well known solo CDS “Bug” “Chosen People”.

  24. avatar
    David Whiting | 1 December 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Went to the Corner Show and thoroughly enjoyed it. To my surprise I was quite happy not to hear the hits and I was absolutely stoked to hear Angel Street. I also went to Palais last night and got the hits because it was the night for it. So it has been the best Church week ever.
    (BTW SK, the intermission is a good idea. You get two shows for the price of one and the opportunity to reload).

  25. avatar
    Damien | 1 December 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    Wow – the Channel 9 cricket coverage just had one of their slow-mo montages using the opening guitar solo from “You Took”.
    Not exactly a song that screams “sporty”, but it worked quite well. Maybe a Ch.9 editor was at the Corner on Wednesday and got inspired. I like to think Richie Benaud is a fan and instigated it.

    • avatar
      Admin | 1 December 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      wow indeed!

    • avatar
      Wayne | 1 December 2012 at 8:14 pm #

      I remember “Happy Hunting Ground” being used to accompany footage of yachts (first fleet re-enactment?) back in 1988 to great effect. ‘Twas a nice surprise.

  26. avatar
    holly | 2 December 2012 at 12:16 am #

    The SK art mugs are now available to purchase online!

    They are the first three images on the page the link below takes you to.

    Click here

    If you have any questions about the mugs email


  27. avatar
    davem | 2 December 2012 at 12:19 am #

    Thanks Holly.

  28. avatar
    Gavgams | 2 December 2012 at 12:34 am #

    That show at the Corner… wow.
    Angel Street really, really worked live… whole new richness and emotional depth I’d missed on the album…. and that was communicated in the way you performed it SK. Powerful stuff.
    The whole band performance was awesome but live, also you get to appreciate what a great guitar band the Church is with Peter and Marty taking off on aural bliss trips.. not wanky , but tasteful, crafted, integrated, majestic
    I too like the intermission time and the four song choice thing is a great idea.. with proviso the guys pick with what’s gonna work live as balanced show.. – and they did I think – like you couldn’t play all the songs like Maya, Summer, etc.. great songs as they are but need balance you had like You Took, Nothing Seeker, etc.
    Those sharp songs of the early Church are awesome live songs, but much as I like Blurred Crusade and Heyday.. I really like middle Church and later Church. So the Forget Yourself feature had me stoked to here four songs off this ripper record… mind you I might have chosen I Kept Everything, Telepath, June, Appalatia.. wow you make it so hard, all so good and that’s just one record!
    Heartfelt thanks from me to you, band and team Church for yet another musical peak experience.
    Share the love and keep it going

  29. avatar
    Incorrect Politicumly IP ,-/ | 2 December 2012 at 7:00 am #

    I reached thru the darkest void___
    ___its now down to this, can’t make life of this sense
    No1 can ever tell what iv done, clearly opposite obvious___
    Who mixed up the colors of the world ? It’s a blackened sun
    that is so far down , away from the life I once held down farthest away.

    I am never tired of the dark, no1 can c me down here ___where
    there is nothing left to lift me up , iv fallen out of sight.
    Back into the ‘now and again’ , nothing shines the darkest spaces___
    I am away from light alone___
    ___where nothings allowed to ever shine for me.

    IP ¦~\

  30. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 2 December 2012 at 7:08 am #

    I do notice… not always everything, but I do notice and I do notice you notice. Sometimes it makes my heart leap, sometimes it makes my breath warm, sometimes it caresses my head. Sometimes it makes me proud in good and bad ways. Sometimes it just smiles at my eyes. Sometimes I try, sometimes I think ‘Why try?’ Not in a negative way but I mean to say, in a natural way. Sometimes I’m just tired, but still wanting to perceive and still wanting relief of sleep. For the endeavours I notice and which sometimes escape my notice, lovely devotion.

  31. avatar
    Steven Krut | 2 December 2012 at 10:40 am #

    That’s pretty cool. Levitating.

  32. avatar
    Andre breton's notebook | 2 December 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Make Film the last song of the last gig, dont say anything to the audience, no encore, walk off, straight out the building

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 2 December 2012 at 2:24 pm #

      …it is the greatest ending.
      Nothing ever compares to Film…
      I still search each minute to understand it.
      I play only intrustmentals now, its been so many years.
      Killer possess the greatest voice…to sing us all away…
      …but film, film feels like its the end.


      • avatar
        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 2 December 2012 at 2:25 pm #

        Happy Bday …Mom !!!

        12/02/1935 !!!


  33. avatar
    eternallylit | 2 December 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    seems once again i just stood dumbfounded while all evolves and evolved!

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Gotta go see the band,they are playing and sounding as amazing as ever!!!!!!!
    Everyone I have talked to in the last few days have all said how much better The Church are than the other bands playing.Some had even bought tickets JUST to see The Church,but didn’t even know about the Art Rock’n’Roll Tour and were disappointed that they had missed it.Guessing everyone is too distracted these days to keep up with what’s happening.This blog really helps me to stay focused on the band so that I don’t miss out on anything.Thanks SK for everything that you give and all the effort that you put in to keep us going in one way or another!

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