posted on July 5, 2009 at 3:36 am

have had a horrible day
driving to buffalo
and on
where we are gonna cross into canada
we are doing a gig in hamilton
opening for van der graf generator
it musta seemed like a good idea at the time
we have driven a whole 12 hours to get here
i feel disconnected depressed and jittery
too much caffeine
quite frankly i wish i was at home
last nite was another good gig
in a hot n dark little place
i dunno
i feel like this has been an awful day
i wanna get to bed
still to get thru border crossing n drive to hamilton
i’m over it
fuck it
i hadda nuff
sk somewhere on canadian border
fourth of july
almost midnight
and ive fucken hadda nuff

at about 1 00 in morning we queue up
to get into canada
we have to go in the place
where they check us out
just a short drive to hamilton…right?
roadworks saw five lanes of busy july 4 traffic
turn into one lane
it took another 1 n half hours to drive the 40 miles!!
arrive at the crumbiest smelliest hotel in the world
a cigaretty flea pit
outside it looks like a bad bit of detroit or something
all to open for some olde band
even older than us
in a tiny theatre…..
i’m underwhelmed
i need some new socks…..

31 Responses to “shuffle off to buffalo ( by belfranky vid by the incredible PV)”

  1. avatar
    Cee | 5 July 2009 at 4:27 am #

    Alternate to the jazz, jazz: Blossom Dearie.

  2. avatar
    micah | 5 July 2009 at 4:47 am #

    stay strong, chief. you're on the home stretch.

    looking forward to the buffalo show. it's kind of an odd little venue, but great sound there. we'll give you a good reception. 🙂

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    lily was here | 5 July 2009 at 4:55 am #

    Yeah. There's only so much caffeine you can intake and only so many games of I Spy you can play. I feel for you right now.
    Keep an eye on each other! Hope VDGG gig is a buzz for you.

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    CSTCoach | 5 July 2009 at 5:04 am #

    Yeah, that's a crazy fucking drive for sure. But you don't have far to go for the buffalo gig after that one…

    welcome to canada, for what it's worth.

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    davem | 5 July 2009 at 5:05 am #

    Sounds shite SK.
    I don't think The Church should open for any band….unless it's paying effing shed loads.
    Take it easy Sir, you'll soon be home.
    Love you lots.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 July 2009 at 5:11 am #

    Your gig last night at Tupelo was wonderful. Spent most of show in the third row…until that empty front row seatie proved too much of a temptation to deny. I was the jackass in the headband, smiling like a loon. heh

    Everything about the show got better with each song…really topping out on 'Space Savior'.

    Christ, man…THANK you for an amazing night…in a lovely kooky country town I'd nevah been to!


    PS:You see that crazy rainbow right before the show???

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    matt davison | 5 July 2009 at 5:25 am #

    Mate…. You will be home soon!!

    It's all part of the Glamour mr K.

    lots a love…

    O' CANADA..Da Da Da Da..

  8. avatar
    Larry | 5 July 2009 at 5:46 am #

    Hmm, somehow I don't think Hamilton is going to lift your spirits.

    If you were going to play in Ottawa, you might as well have added a date in Toronto …

  9. avatar
    Dannis | 5 July 2009 at 5:53 am #

    Iit's been almost 11 years since you guys appeared here in Canada. I hope you get some rest and restore. There are some of us here that appreciate your effort to make it here. Radio/Record co's could have done more for the whole Church thing consdering what they did for Supertramp? etc…Welcome to the north boys….we love you always–DK

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 July 2009 at 6:31 am #

    Was thinking last night,as I was tucked in bed reading No Certainly Abashed,how much I appreciate the band touring around so fans get a chance to hear the band play live.Not that I will get to attend this time,unless you play in Oz later in the year,but seeing/hearing the band play live is something else.Never want that to end,so THANK YOU all for everything that you have gone through on the road and to make the music that you do!!!Dunno what my life would have been without it.Sure there is other great music to be enjoyed,but NOTHING comes close to The Church experience!!!!!!!!!!

  11. avatar
    glynnisjohns | 5 July 2009 at 7:24 am #

    i can only imagine it is better than a computer programmer in his 30th year of programming on the outskirts of Sydney

    you miss your family

    i miss elizabeth montgomery


  12. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 5 July 2009 at 9:46 am #

    Very understandable! It could be worse, though. Untitled # 23 could have been blown out of proportion (remember everything that followed in the wake of Starfish?), "forcing" you guys to act upon it by touring endlessly.
    Good thing The Church isn't in the big league, comercially.

  13. avatar
    Jason | 5 July 2009 at 11:13 am #


    It must be rough, I hope you know how much we appreciate it though. 6/7 days left and then you are heading home. Hopefully tou have planned a well desreved brak when you get home, and can spend time with your family. I am sure they really miss you. Too bad you had to drive so much into Canada on the 4th. It would have been nice to just catch a fireworks show and relax. Keep focused that you have almost completed the journey and get home safely. Trust me I know time drags when your away from home. We do thank you and the band for coming and wish you the best going forward.


  14. avatar
    Renee | 5 July 2009 at 11:44 am #

    That's a shame…
    sounds like an unnecessarily long road trip
    after what's already been a grueling long tour
    I hope you've reached your destination
    and gotten some rest


  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 July 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    fuck that.
    thats like
    melbourne to adelaide + 4 hrs
    then put on a show !
    i thought this leg of the tour would of least had an airfare

  16. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 5 July 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    must say that the thought of being crammed in a car for countless hours doesn't hold much appeal to me at all….tunnel all that aggro and pent up emotion into your gig…..

    love always…..

  17. avatar
    fantasticandy | 5 July 2009 at 12:14 pm #

    it's a slog……..
    it's got great bits…
    but it's still a long hard slog.
    your'e a bunch of true stalwarts!
    damn…how i wish i was there tonight……….

  18. avatar
    dillweed | 5 July 2009 at 2:02 pm #

    be sure to get a half in canada half in u.s. picture. that never gets old

  19. avatar
    Freddie | 5 July 2009 at 2:44 pm #

    I saw the Van Der Graaf in Cleveland and it wasn’t my thing. Y’all will steal the show fer sure.

    Look on the bright side, you may reach some new people! 🙂

  20. avatar
    veleska1970 | 5 July 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    that's a real bummer that it took you so long to get to hamilton and your hotel was such a flea bag. you're on the home stretch now, so soon you will be home with your beloved family.

    lotza love…..

  21. avatar
    Nick | 5 July 2009 at 4:06 pm #

    nice vid! cheers ! Nick Fiction

  22. avatar
    davem | 5 July 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    I might be sat here in blighty but I'm in your corner…always.
    There are so many of us all over the world who just want the best for you.
    Love to you.

  23. avatar
    CSTCoach | 5 July 2009 at 5:04 pm #

    welcome to the industrial arsehole of ontario!

    (you'll have a better time in ottawa and quebec)

    great pics! and these vids rock. hope it'll finally become a live choich dvd.

  24. avatar
    Mary | 5 July 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    stay strong steve, it will be over before you know it, i know its hard, im about to drive 13 hours to chicago, i know driving everywhere all the time could suck, but you will be in the arms of your wife and kinds very soon!

  25. avatar
    stealthblue | 5 July 2009 at 6:20 pm #

    Hey Steve,

    Hope you're havein' a better time now. Sorry you had to deal with all that shit; the drive was bad enough I'm sure. Hang in there, dear brother. Not to sound repetitive, but…you will be home sooner that later, right?

    I hope you truly know how much we sincerely appreciate what you and the guys are doing. It's a cold fact: there is NOBODY like you guys. The Church are totally fuckin' special, if not sacred. It's hard to find the words really.

    Whenever I try to explain the band/music to people that have no clue, I find it really hard sometimes because some people are just that…clueless. They'll even try to make comparisons to "other bands" that I cannot repeat; and it just drives me mad. I find myself on the "defensive side" at times, but then I just take a deep breath and realize that this person is just clueless and sheltered. I also realize that I am one of the "chosen ones" that has been on to the "little secret" for so long and you can only help the willing if they are ready for it. Not everyone is going to "get it". I would say there are more people like that, than people like actual appreciators of one SK, MWP, PK and TP. Then if I actually get through to someone and the light turns on in their mind, it is so satisfying. All of a sudden, they too "get it." And when they find out how long you guys have actually been together and making music, you can just feel the curiosity open up; and the question in their eyes of "How come I didn't know??" I love it…reeducation through music, know what I mean?

    Anyway, hope you get some rest. "Keep on keepin' on", SK. You're almost on the homestrech. With all the sincerest love and support to you and the guys/crew…

    Stay safe and well,

    Ben V.

  26. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 5 July 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    What a crap day indeed! So sorry my dear. And then you come upon Fleabag Motel!!! Shite.

    I wish you better days and nights until you are home with family and friends.
    With love,

    P.S. Extra love and admiration to get you through! We do love you and thank you for all you do for us!

  27. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 5 July 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    Even though I did not have a chance to meet you it was a pleasure seeing you perform in Chicago. The live songs from # 23 were absolutely idyllic. A great Quartet.

    Touring has been arduous for you but Aussie IS imminent now.

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 July 2009 at 7:57 pm #

    Are you going to do Buffalo in Buffalo? Seems like a given.
    = Shuffle on off to Buffalo
    = give me a home where the buffalo roam
    = Buffalo Bill
    = Buffalo wings
    = Buffalo Nickle
    Don't try to Buffalo me.

  29. avatar
    ET | 5 July 2009 at 8:02 pm #

    Great vids. Would love to have an album of your live sets from this tour. Yessss, we wants it, my preciousssss.


  30. avatar
    eek | 10 July 2009 at 1:10 am #

    Ugh! What an awful trip for you. While waiting for those fireworks to go off (at 9:30) we were thinking you should be at the border. But 13 hours just to get to the border and then more still…ugh! And here I was bitching about our 10 hour drive to Foxboro!

    Yes, PV is indeed incredible! Love the video clips.

    (yeah, I know this comment is horribly late…my concept of time is shot right now.)

  31. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 11 July 2009 at 3:31 am #

    more video bloggies please…

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