posted on December 8, 2009 at 4:30 am

today i dont know what to write
things seem unreal
extremes swing wildly to extremes
extreme pleasures
extreme pains
extreme joys
extreme griefs
life keeps coming with both barrels
shooting me with its surprising bullets
my band is enjoying a mild resurgence
its not surprising …we are pretty damn good
but there again
we should be…shouldnt we
we are one of the best on the planet i guess…
this displays no modesty but i have to call a spade a spade
(in spades)
we have enough thrust n lift to blow the roof off
we’re intuitive and we’re wildly chaotic
but we know our music
and we know how to do it properly as well
paying no lipservice to any time or place or ideology
we are 4 musicians hell bent on transcendence
and our music can be of any style or intention
we are continually innovating and improving
whilst remaining true to our high standard guarantee
its a pity we are so bloody olde
because we are playing the best we ever played
a variety of reasons
my voice is now easily thrown around the room
i sing in key a lot more now than i used to
my lyrics are brilliant, of course
look they just are and you know it
its boorish of me to mention it i know
i’m just trying to cheer myself up a little maybe
tomorrow night is lizottes on the central coast
if you live in england or europe
it might be hard to picture lizottes
like a big restaurant with all mod cons
in like the country almost
people come from miles around
they come from their charming bungalows n apts
(the central coast is very picturesque)
and drive for miles through all the towns
the fishnchip shops
the lagoons
the little bridges
the motels and the white vans
the new apt blocks
the olde beach shacks
and all that
and they sit down n have dinner
watch a whirled class act like us
and all in comfort n ease
nice weather
green lush fields
used car dealers with little flags
nice wine
nice company
the church almost in their very living room
a good deal i reckon
the church acoustic a good little package
whooda thunk it?
we strive to master all genres
even as time runs out
if youre coming
it will be a very good show
you lucky devils
you gonna enjoy yourself

41 Responses to “spotless dalmatian”

  1. avatar
    cazziem | 8 December 2009 at 7:48 am #

    Considering you started today by saying you didn't know what to write, what you did provide us with was very nice. Hope it cheered you up a little; it certainly worked for me!

    Lizottes sound very grown up, and I'm sure everyone there, fans, diners and you guys too, will have a wonderful evening, (or in the case of the church evenings,) and, as you quite rightly say, you do know your music, and how to do it properly, so I can just imagine the church ‘acoustic’ will fit perfectly.

    However, yet again you say you're olde!!! The recent comments from gigs you've done over the last couple of weeks tell a different story; one of how healthy and young you look. I keep telling you, age is but a number others use to judge us by; so you should all be holding your heads up high, because not only are you THE best band on the planet, but you guys could (and should) put any of the youth of today to shame when it comes to delivering what the audience wants, without enhancements and gadgets that make singers sound like something they're not. There are far too many 'chart-busters' that couldn't hold a note let alone sing a whole song live and sound the way they do on CD, unlike your goodselve. Enjoy your time at Lizottes, all of you.

  2. avatar
    Darkgrace | 8 December 2009 at 8:11 am #

    I'll be at the first nuke-arse-l show, Steve. Looking forward to it greatly.
    Last time I saw you was a solo acoustic at the Cambridge hotel about year ago (we met as you were walking into the venue). The crowd were so disrespectful talking loudly throughout the show. So it will be good to be with people who came to see the Church and pay you due respect.

    All the best,

  3. avatar
    linjo | 8 December 2009 at 8:18 am #

    You got it all Steve except for the big dollar. It is so hard to be relaxed when you are chasing your tail with bills. I look at my life, beautiful kids, great job, good friends and family, but oh the drag of keeping on top of the money.
    Hey but have a great night at Lizotte's. Enjoy the moment. Must be a nice feeling to know you are at the top of your creative best. Linda xxx

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 December 2009 at 8:46 am #

    Lizottes is for fuddy duds, I’d be bored shitless. And the Sydney gig’s at a standing-only venue. Sorry, babe, I won’t stand, I’m just too good for that.

  5. avatar
    steve kilbey | 8 December 2009 at 9:21 am #

    tv…what do you want then??

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 December 2009 at 9:56 am #

    I admire your self belief but worry about your delusions.
    Why is being the best so important, and what makes you think you are. A handful of middle aged fans.
    Is that what gets you past your spectacular financial failure.

  7. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 8 December 2009 at 10:00 am #

    tv…..huh? ya lost me…..

    as for being too old. my friend, don't let age stop you…..let rock make you immortal…..

    love always….

  8. avatar
    princey | 8 December 2009 at 10:37 am #

    Yeah lucky devils alright, I wish I could be there and re-live Sunday night, sighhhhhhh

    I saw a pic of Lady Ga-Ga today and remembered what you said about her on Sunday haha, you're a (funny) devil:))))
    Have fun the next few nights and keep in touch if u can,
    Love Amanda

  9. avatar
    linjo | 8 December 2009 at 10:44 am #

    So cute, I think 'tv' wants a private audience errr "Babe"

  10. avatar
    Warpedjohn | 8 December 2009 at 11:53 am #

    20 Olde Shmolde ! SK .

    A few months ago when the short film "Not a Religion" was first mooted I consulted a friend of my 20 yr. old son *who is a student film maker at NSW uni. about a contribution from moi.
    * the friend is a budding film maker, not my son.

    He had never heard of the Chrunch . ( no surprise really -him being 20 and all )
    Anyway , I passed him some Church music and he is HOOKED.
    I told him about the Syd. show Sat. night and he and his friends are THERE.
    Apparently they love U#23
    See, the kidz diggit.

  11. avatar
    Richard | 8 December 2009 at 12:23 pm #

    maybe tv just wants to stay home and stare at him/herself

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 December 2009 at 12:32 pm #

    Hey Steve,

    I went to Lizottes (Central Coast) last year. You guys had a ball, and your mum was well behaved too!!!!!!.
    Would love to make it back tomorrow nite, but time and distance prevail etc..
    Have a god one man! It's a great venue.
    Danny J Frost

  13. avatar
    lily was here | 8 December 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    TV, why stand or sit when you can levitate?


  14. avatar
    Ady | 8 December 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    Ah the creeping, insidious passage of time! Know how you feel. One minute you're young n fresh faced & the future seems limitless, then suddenly a couple of decades have winged past…
    The Great Northern gig was quite surreal for me 'cos I've never been to a Church gig before with so many "vintage" fans. The vibe was amazing, so joyful & ???? reverential I guess. Lots of devotees. But yeah, predominantly "bloody olde"!
    I spoke to 2 of the young guys from A Streetlight Song after the show. They nearly fell over when I told them I brought my first Church record nearly 30 years ago, & the first live rock gig I went to was Iggy Pop at the Tivoli when I was 13. I guess that makes me oldeish too!
    I'd love to see your mum's face as she watches you play. She must be very damn proud.

  15. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 8 December 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    TV wants his/her life to be over 'cause he/she already IS bored shitless.

  16. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 8 December 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    Steve, I sincerely hope that the resurgence of The Church continues. I'm creating a rather wonderful new site featuring reviews of selected albums by selected artists, and The Church will be the band with the most reviews. And don't worry, they'll be a lot more well-written than the reviews I've posted on Amazon :-). I'll post these new The Church reviews on Amazon as well and do everything in my power to promote my site, and the music of The Church on facebook and various other social forums. To me The Church is without a doubt the most wonderful band in the music of history. You guys are the best, and don't you doubt it for a minute. Forget Yourself is your masterpiece # 1, but then, you guys have recorded several other masterpieces (Hologram Of Baal, After Everything Now This, Uninvited Like The Clouds, Untitled # 23, and – yes, Steve – Gold Afternoon Fix).

  17. avatar
    Rob M | 8 December 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    Give TV a DVD to watch on his couch, I'll take the standing-only any day.
    Or maybe he needs a boost.

  18. avatar
    AFW | 8 December 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    This is my first comment to your blog, Steve. I've stuck with the Church through thick and thin and I can say that the band are at the top of your game right now. Old…what is old? You say that you are "playing the best" you've ever played…you wouldn't (and couldn't) be where you are currently if you didn't have the years behind you. And, yes, that means getting "older". I'm an U.S. fan (from NYC) who have followed the Church since "Seance" – purchasing every album in between during the first week of release – and have seen every concert (in NYC) that you have performed for many years (including a solo performance a few years back, by you at the dearly departed Knitting Factory and MWP at Joe's Pub last year). All this to say…what am I rambling on about…? The Church continue to outshine any newer bands around and the work is as fresh and relevant as anything out there.

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 December 2009 at 4:53 pm #

    I happen to love the quieter side of The Church. The acoustic version of Invisible is amazing, but even other electric tracks like, Destination from back in the day, really transport me. It's a special side to you guys that shouldn't be shelved for too much RAWK. Just my 2 cents 😉

  20. avatar
    Freddie | 8 December 2009 at 5:20 pm #

    Yeah, those lucky devils…xoxo

  21. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 8 December 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    The two acoustic Church CDS are amazing. They enabled SK to enhance his vocals to an optimal level. Two of eight excellent Church and/or SK CDs released in the last nine years.

  22. avatar
    Ellen | 8 December 2009 at 6:08 pm #


    I want to go! Sounds simply lovely.

    Yes, life sometimes shoots from both barrels. The highs and lows: just gotta keep rollin' with the punches.

    And remember: you are NOT too old!

  23. avatar
    davem | 8 December 2009 at 6:16 pm #

    THE Church. Peerless. I'd stand on my fucking head the whole gig to watch them.

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 December 2009 at 7:18 pm #

    I want to be able to watch you without a coppice of boofheads blocking the view.
    And I want to be able to listen to you without a congregation of pals fracturing the sound.
    No mar and no tea – just you. That’s what I want.


  25. avatar
    m.p.k | 8 December 2009 at 8:15 pm #

    Rock out the decade SK! What an incredible 10 years the Church have had. In my opinion, your best music has been made the last 10 years. Can you believe 2010 and the new decade just around the corner? You guys make me think growing older is going to be in my creative best interests, and that is an extremely hopeful thing.

  26. avatar
    George of the Jungle | 8 December 2009 at 11:18 pm #

    Wish we were there! (almost like Pink Floyd), my wife is a total rock snob and even she likes the Church so what does that tell ya! Somebody video tape this show!

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 December 2009 at 11:24 pm #

    what is the world's best lyricist doing playing dives in the outback for little money?

  28. avatar
    bc | 9 December 2009 at 12:11 am #

    would love acoustic show…
    someone pls.tape?

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 December 2009 at 12:33 am #

    I'll be there .
    Barack Obama

  30. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 9 December 2009 at 1:20 am #

    Haha…Of course, I meant "in the history of music" :-).

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 December 2009 at 1:33 am #

    I think it is a little sad that as an old man you are still so insecure that you need to publicly declare your brilliance. I really feel sorry for you, it must be frustrating for someone who considers himself such a genius to get so little recognition and barely able to pay bills. Your lyrics are truly great, my favorite is "ahhhh is this where you live??? ahhhh is this where you live??? ahhhhh is this where you live? " repeat many more times…..sheer brilliance

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 December 2009 at 1:41 am #

    i still find it a bloody shame there is no decent live dvd that we can take to our graves to properly remember you guys, i hope it is forthcoming….

  33. avatar
    veleska1970 | 9 December 2009 at 1:46 am #

    old?? never. 😉

  34. avatar
    Ady | 9 December 2009 at 2:25 am #

    Have to love some of those "anonymous" posts….very funny.

  35. avatar
    Is this the comedown? | 9 December 2009 at 3:19 am #

    Hey hey

    I bought the acoustic version of Almost with you by accident.
    A bit girly, but I was coping OK
    until the vibraphone thingy kicked in…eeeee.. where am I?
    Stuck in some cosmic elevator in the 50s?
    Nup, gimme the electric lash.

    Speaking of which I LOVE the drum sound on EL. WikiPee says you hated them.

    When I bought EL on Itunes it seems to have a glitch 1m37 in
    (missing "I")
    Strangely my old Seance LP has the same glitch in the very same place!
    Some synchronicity is just silly.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 December 2009 at 4:37 am #

    Great music is great music no matter how old or young the creator and performer is. No one cares really as long as it is great to them. The only time it seems to matter is when the music is image or fashion based from what I know.

    Music takes listeners to another place through via the ears to the soul. My eyes don't care what it looks like if the other parts love it.

    Steve Draper
    (long time Oz fan of the Church)

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 December 2009 at 5:13 am #

    I have been lucky enough in life to have known several truly brilliant people and not one of them ever had to tell me they were brilliant.

  38. avatar
    steve kilbey | 9 December 2009 at 5:27 am #


  39. avatar
    Proof Is In | 9 December 2009 at 5:58 am #

    The Church is doing well right now. I know because that guy at 12:33 and etc. etc. is back.

  40. avatar
    Mary | 9 December 2009 at 5:56 pm #

    i know its sad that they have to hide behind the anon and talk crap, its really sad, jealousy makes u do lots of stupid things, they just need help is all lol, got to give them credit, they are crying out for help 🙂


  41. avatar
    Brian | 12 December 2009 at 7:04 am #

    God I wish I lived closer. I've been on a Steve Kileby voice spree these last few weeks (hey, it's autumn) and would love a live experience in Aus. The I notice the mortgage needs paid and the kids still want fed!


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