posted on May 13, 2009 at 4:11 am

at the moment u#23 is sitting at 35 on amazon rock chart
54 on music chart
i am so stoked i’m gonna explode
the good reviews continue to roll in
newspapers all over the u.s. are giving u#23 the thumbs up
could it really be happening?
i am breathless with excitement
like i’m waiting for a big wave to pick me up
can it really be that the churches time has come (again)
just when i was giving up on the old nag
shes jumped up n bolting for a last minute run
the church : an overnight success
oh god please let it happen
the taxman is on my freckled back and breathing down my neck
please let me roll one more double six
and i’ll never complain again
oh laksmi goddess of fortune
send me some sold out gigs and some more good reviews
deliver me a wider audience
let us rock with aplomb
my oh my
i aint been so vibed since…..starfish…
well whattya know
you guys knew it all along
you believed even when i didnt
i want to thank the mysterious n generous KLK
without whom (seriously) u#23 never wooda been made
KEVIN I LOVE YOU! (in a masculine way of course)
if youre digging it
think of this guy who made it possible
and made the last 11 years possible to get here
and has asked nothing in return
and now you backed a good one klk n im real happy
meanwhile im surely but steadily selling some paintings
in pittsburgh…thank you kimbo n ms eek
meanwhile while im writing this
@#$#%^ ing scarlet has just chucked all of eve n auroras little pets
down a dark black crack in some bricks
where from they will NEVER be retrieved
much gnashing of teeth and tearing of hair to be expected
at least 200 hundred bucks worth of toys gone!
oh my lord
scarlet will have to go in a protection plan
cos the doodles are gonna want her blood
im almost crying myself at the magnitude of this crime
scarlet looks shocked by whats shes done
oh god the doodles are gonna go ballistic!!!!
meanwhile i’m working on my greek myths paintings
iggy pop as paris chooses out of 3 saucy goddesses
and lotsa dogs and arcadian foliage and its BIG!
what will happen next
stay tuned


57 Responses to “(st)even as we speak”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 May 2009 at 4:54 am #


    the perfect blend of rocknrollism and domesticity…all in one blog…great effort…

    good luck with the potential upcoming success…and just remember (who am I to give advice I know I know)…if it does happen…ahem…try and stay humble…ya know wattam saying…
    your mouth and the words that spout henceforth are (as you know) both your greatest ally and enemy… a little dose of humility goes a long towards taming the savage public…
    there can be subtlety in being the greatest…

    all the best steven…


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    esne snoner | 13 May 2009 at 5:13 am #

    brilliant news re u#23 – now to start planning a visit to new york to catch what will undoubtedly be a huge celebratory gig on july 10 – man that would be a trip

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    Anonymous | 13 May 2009 at 5:25 am #

    just one more for the pile…



  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 May 2009 at 5:33 am #

    Hi Steve,

    Great news about Untitled #23 and your paintings.. the stars are aligning.. you deserve it!



  5. avatar
    kyle farley | 13 May 2009 at 5:50 am #

    Killer Smashes Doubt!U #23 In a Route! kritikal… peace/out!

  6. avatar
    craig1.618 | 13 May 2009 at 6:03 am #

    lately i try to tell myself

    something wonderful is on it’s way

    now some will say

    “that’s not living in the now”

    but for me personally the “now”

    has been rather challenging

    i won’t get into it

    we’ve all got our problems

    that need to be solved

    so…….i say…….right “now”

    something wonderful is on it’s way

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    Warpedjohn | 13 May 2009 at 6:39 am #

    Great news !
    and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer band .
    It would seem the collective IQ and taste of the music-buying-public hasn’t sunk as low as I’d thought, I’m relieved to see.

  8. avatar
    melissa | 13 May 2009 at 6:45 am #

    I’m sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy for you guys … congratulations SK!!!

    It’s such a gorgeous, amazing album, hope it continues to bring you much success! 😀

    ps I hope Scarlet is ok 😉


  9. avatar
    davem | 13 May 2009 at 7:18 am #

    And thanks beyond measure to klk. We ALL owe you!

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    Richard | 13 May 2009 at 7:24 am #

    thanks for yesterday’s rap

    but all this talk of resurrection has me worrying that what we’re trying to do might prove redundant!

    Maybe you could get the firies to come over and ‘rescue’ the little pets. They’ll do it for stuck kittens and puppies. Just leave out the ‘inanimate object’ part until they’ve arrived and seen the twins’ sad faces.

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    Leelinau | 13 May 2009 at 7:33 am #

    Just made my very first purchase on itunes (ever the late bloomer) #23 is DL as I type.

    can’t wait to hear it
    rock on!!


  12. avatar
    Jasperina | 13 May 2009 at 7:44 am #

    Ecstatic, thrilled to hear about such wonderful reviews of #23 the excitement in your voice is palpable…enjoy the magic of it… the stars have mysteriously aligned in your favour we all cross our fingers for you that this alignment will linger on and on to grant you all your wishes into eternity and beyond.

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    fantasticandy | 13 May 2009 at 7:56 am #

    here’s that review link again:

    has anyone had a better write-up for an album?
    don’t think so!
    no wonder your’e stoked……
    bet ours won’t be so favourable!

    c’mon, surely you blokes can squeeze one measly brit gig in on the way home or something!

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 May 2009 at 8:09 am #

    Much success Kilbey, nobody deserves it more!

    Perry in FL

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    12str | 13 May 2009 at 8:42 am #

    haha didn´t we all know this!! Time comes for those who wait..
    Respect for the non compromising artist..
    on the other side of the spectra we have for example Echo and the Bunnymen who are doing a gig at my venue this august..they´re playing their album “Ocean Rain” from top to bottom on this patethic is that?!!Going around once again with old material.. bless the integrity of The Church, always taking their art one step ahead.. so happy for you guys..:)
    Brilliant work

  16. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 13 May 2009 at 9:06 am #

    I am so happy for you guys, Steve. Untitled # 23 is perfect. And I LOVE the production. I think it’s your best-produced album since After Everything Now This. Very subtle and delicate and yet with lots of edge, intensity and passion.

  17. avatar
    Rrramone | 13 May 2009 at 9:42 am #


    so is it kyle or steve? I’m a little confused by the different names. 🙂

    you can email me at or find me on facebook. Thanks for the kind words!

  18. avatar
    davem | 13 May 2009 at 10:22 am #

    Have just ordered your collab with mr kennedy, shipping 25 May!!
    I hope you’re all over the music press by then with the mighty Church!! You fucking deserve another 15 minutes and more people deserve the chance to hear the fantastic music you continue to produce.

  19. avatar
    lily was here | 13 May 2009 at 10:48 am #

    Dont forget us when you're rich 'n' famous. My god, ha ha – Marty will be unbearable LOL. I mean that in a loveable way.

    The charts & reviews are fantastic (told you so). I hope it all snowballs into something incredible. I wont be happy till you can get rid of the paypal button and never have to worry about your family. Speaking of, surely you and Scarlet can come up with a good story?! 🙂
    You need a dog to blame it on. Oh dear.

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    princey | 13 May 2009 at 11:09 am #

    Bravo Stavro!

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    jmb066 | 13 May 2009 at 11:47 am #


    I hope the album and tour goes extremely well for you and the band. I will see you in Detroit, bring a lot of goodies to sell and we will help you out with the tax man. As far as the kids, my twins are eight and my little one is two. Trust me it gonna get worse before it gets better. She is always breaking their toys and throwing away their stuff, money in the trash.

  22. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 13 May 2009 at 11:50 am #

    after years of perseverence, not compromising and weathering shitty times it looks like things are finally really looking up for you….i wish only wonderful things for you and the church….gods bless you klk….

    whatever you do. if you do end up in the rock stratosphere somewhere don’t forget your ol’ stalwarts around here, ok?

    love alwys…..

    ps let us know what becomes of scarlet….oh dear….

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 May 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    Enjoying it muchly.muchly muchly muchly muchly!JOY.xxxx

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    don joe | 13 May 2009 at 12:35 pm #

    Steve, this is what u have been working towards, u have the knowledge to not do what u did last time, if u move the right way it is yours for the taking. Dont neglect of turn the cheek to what may be. You have them on a string, you have the weight of 29 years of creation to spurn their little benign plans. They respect you, most of those that were in the past would be now gone.
    You speak of Karma, this is your reward mate for your persistance. Dont kill it off or let it go, it has a life of it’s own and you are its soul. It goes, you go down somewhat. Reap the rewards, get that house overlooking the sea away from it all.

    do it

    don joe

    PS: for my 4 years worth of subscription can you write abotu the different producers you have worked with, you have to some degree, but curious about different techniques they used for micing or funny occurances with the sessions. when u can

  25. avatar
    Leelinau | 13 May 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    OMG anchorage is bloody priceless

  26. avatar
    John Garratt | 13 May 2009 at 1:18 pm #


    I did my part, I pre-ordered “23” over a month ago. I did what I could to shrink those digits.

    Brien, he’s all over those Amazon reviews. I had one of “Forget Yourself” that I was fond of, but some guy was giving me shit so I took it down.

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 May 2009 at 1:43 pm #

    Hi Steve,

    Great news, i’m SO, SO happy for you guys, all of you…about bloody time!
    Go forth and multiply those sales, kick out the jams, make hay while the sun shines…i’ve been hoping for a breakthrough at some point for so long now, maybe the dam’s about to burst – like i said in an earlier message…’Persistence Achieves Greatness’ (although i think you’ve already got that one well covered music wise) – we all know you’ve done your time over and over again, been ’round the block at least a dozen times or more, maybe this time people are starting to sit up and take notice? (again??)
    One can only hope…the good ship HMAS “the church” is ready to sail, fair winds sir, may you bring back a bounty to rival Croesus! Well…ur, at least enough to appease the taxman somewhat…


    Jon from Geelong.

    P.s. Poor old Scarlet must be shaking in her shoes!

    P.P.s. Just ordered a copy of U23# and Painkiller for a friend for his 40th – he’s gonna love ’em!

    Lastly…thank God for KLK whomever he is…

  28. avatar
    CSTCoach | 13 May 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    all i can say is, it’s about fucking time. i think i can speak for all my fellow fiendss in saying that all of us have been harping on about the choich for decades to anyone who would listen (and forcing it on anyone who would not). so happy to see you finally getting the recognition and accolades you deserve. may this be only the beginning.

    sincerest thanks to klk. the world (and our lives) are much richer for aent, fy, bwtb, u#23, etc. thank you.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 May 2009 at 3:35 pm #

    As 21 year loyalist to The Church, I say with all my heart that I am so happy for you and the guys. Maybe your time has come at last for megastardom because you’ve always had respect. Many kuddos to you guys. Kinda makes you want to add more dates down south in the U.S. doesn’t it?

    Tampa, Fl

  30. avatar
    m.p.k | 13 May 2009 at 4:05 pm #

    It’s probably because all the fans buy on the day it’s released… But I hope it ignites for you guys Steve. But doesn’t it already? It already does for us…

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 May 2009 at 4:10 pm #

    I downloaded the album at midnight the 12th and will buy the CD when I can find a copy deep in the Oregon countryside. What a beautiful collection. It is wonderful to see a band I love getting all good reviews. Even without the aid of “stimulants” of any kind, this album gets me high. Brilliant!

  32. avatar
    John Garratt | 13 May 2009 at 4:23 pm #

    Mine finally came. Took the plastic off it five minutes ago.

  33. avatar
    veleska1970 | 13 May 2009 at 4:42 pm #

    i don’t have #23 yet, but i’m so happy for you and the band. it’s well-deserved~~you guys are brilliant.

    lotza love…..

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    Michael W. | 13 May 2009 at 4:50 pm #

    Just wanted to let you know that I love Untitled #23. I listened to it late last night through headphones and I thought to myself, “If this is the last album I ever hear I’ll be satisfied.” I don’t mean to say that it’s the best album I’ve ever heard, I could never narrow that down, but good God it’s the best I’ve heard in a while. About 30 seconds into Operetta I started to get choked up and teary-eyed, and I’m rarely moved in that manner by music.

    Hope you guys sell an obscene amount of copies!

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    daydreamer | 13 May 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    Don’t get too big, I hate fighting crowds. Meanwhile I haven’t heard 23 yet. I’m hoping you bring some on the tour.

    Tell us what toys were lost. Or better yet, what new ones the doodles would like to replace them. Then get yerself a huge po box and be prepared for a deluge!

    love, Sandy

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    Anonymous | 13 May 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    Baby, it’s the Saturn Return for The Church (29 years). Time for resurrection, The Death/The World. The foundations were solid enough to guarantee its re-strength now. Either it’d break or reunite.
    Time for fun (wink).

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 May 2009 at 5:38 pm #

    P.S.: Ha! Iggy and Greece? Call your painting “Greek Fun House: I wanna be your dog in Olympus”.
    (Three goddesses or three stooges?)

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    Anonymous | 13 May 2009 at 7:35 pm #

    Hi Steve, congrats I can’t wait to get my copy of u#23. Just wanted to comment on your post from last Sunday- “the plain crash”,I don’t mean to bum you out but I’m on the other side of fortunes wheel here- its weird synchronicity as you wrote that my suitcases had exploded all over this barren room as I listened to “after everything” and wondered if my marriage is really ending and I chased my tickets to see my friend in NJ as they were blowing away down the hallway. I’m standing here now looking at this debris of a lifetime exploded all over the place. I’ll see you play on the 15th of June, the day after my loved one departs to visit her island birthplace for the summer, my first summer alone in a decade.
    If you play that song and look out in the audience I’ll be the one trying to hold the waterworks back. Kind regards and thanks so much for the music.

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 May 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    This is excellent news.

    Does anyone have details on the aforementioned Quebec City gig? Is there also a stop planned in Montreal?


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    Freddie | 13 May 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    Thank you KLK! Karma should send some nice things your way!

    This is only the second day it’s been on Amazon.
    I imagine it’ll bounce around a bit but will hopefully trend upwards.
    Y’all deserve success, huge success!

    …and poor lil’ Scarlet (sigh) I hope they’re not too hard on her.

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 May 2009 at 8:27 pm #

    I just sent a request to the Producer of Coast to Coast AM about getting more Church music (like Pangaea) as bumper music on the show.

    I also suggested inviting Mr. Kilbey as a guest on the show as I’m sure Coast to Coast AM listeners would love to hear about the wide range of his fascinating experiences.

    If you don’t know, Coast to Coast AM is an overnight radio show broadcast out of the U.S. and covers a wide range of topics, all things Kilbeyesque. They reach millions of listeners every night and have a podcast service as well.

    I’m sure nothing will come of it but you never know. I’ve sent suggestions to them before and suprisingly they took them. Maybe if enough people suggest it, they might take notice. Here’s the address if anyone else is interested:

    Tom Danheiser
    Producer, Coast to Coast AM

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 May 2009 at 8:41 pm #

    #23 is a remarkable album even by Church standards. It took a good 5 listens and finally it took hold and now I’m firmly in its grip. I did my lil’ part by penning a review on Amazon and going to take some time from reality and catch the entire west coast tour and the New York show. I’ve also converted a few folks already.

    It is about time god damnit! I’ve been beside myself for years scratching my head wondering what the fuck people were thinking letting this band go under the radar. Well it’s high time and wait until the reviews start to bring in the newly converted and they start to uncover the treasures of the past decade….There is hope for good music to thrive and here is hoping #23 keeps rolling and the band builds more steam as the space train rolls across the US. Hell yes!

    John in Seattle

  43. avatar
    the dean | 13 May 2009 at 8:58 pm #

    I keep telling people I have impeccable taste in music and of course I’m right.
    May you once again be that king drunk upon his throne.

  44. avatar
    catchow | 13 May 2009 at 9:40 pm #

    the Church:a never ending success!
    no doubt,this us tour will bring you everything you want,considering
    the passion,the excitment and the talent you have!
    and so much experience.
    …hoping that Eve and Aurora are’nt too sad about their toys…

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 May 2009 at 10:57 pm #

    Hah! I got my copy of the album today and just sat there…eyes closed…mind open…and took it all in. This is an amazing body of work. I can tell it will be one I will be listening to over and over, revealing layers with each new listen. It just is an unbelievable piece of music. It’s not just music though; it’s an experience. It’s a pure Church album and it has stymied me as to how it can sound so familiar and yet so fresh and new simultaneously.

    I think I’m in love. It’s that great. When I can listen to music and it transports me elsewhere, that’s my benchmark. This does just that.

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 May 2009 at 11:09 pm #

    That is so fab
    But please stay grounded
    You know what happened that last time you got that high
    Save some of it for later

    Its so hard having glittering success tied into
    your income.

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    princey | 13 May 2009 at 11:31 pm #

    Sk, please release Operetta as a single in the U.S., all U.S. fiendsss can request it on the mainstream stations and The Church WILL have another Milky Way “hit”, trust me sk, trust the fiendssss, we know what’s good for ya!!
    (Bob Dylans albun is #1, if that guys voice can sell millions of cds imagine when they hear sk croooning thru the speakers!)

    Get Tiare/Second Motion onto it pronto, while the vibe is hot!!

  48. avatar
    M E M | 14 May 2009 at 12:17 am #

    rock’n killer…

    i find myself humming…

    ‘sunken sun’ or ‘operetta’


    standing line



    good job


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    Celticat | 14 May 2009 at 12:31 am #



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    Mary | 14 May 2009 at 12:44 am #

    well i came home today, ofcourse i was just driving around depressed about my ms diagnoses and my husband went out and bought me starfish and the best of the church, and put it on my bed to cheer me up but didnt buy me the #23,i will buy it soon, i just needed to replace all my church cds since someone stole them all and all my duran duran ones as well which pissed me off, but atleast it made me happy to have some of them back, and also i wanted to say that im happy for you guys so much, you really deserve it, and you should show us a family pic of you and the kids and wife, i have been so curious to see what your little ones and wife look like, i bet there adorable, ofcourse the girls probably look as adorable as there daddy 🙂

  51. avatar
    Mary | 14 May 2009 at 12:46 am #

    By the way Steve, I know you dont like U2 but what do you think of Duran Duran, did you ever like there music at all? I know they were very popular in the 80s but I was curious what your thoughts were about there music.

  52. avatar
    Craig Miller | 14 May 2009 at 12:54 am #

    I can’t wait to see you guys. I’m hoping to somehow work my travel schedule to catch Denver, New York and LA somehow.
    So well deserved. Between Obama getting elected and this, I’m starting to think there’s hope for the world after all.


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    Anonymous | 14 May 2009 at 3:03 am #

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    seoigh | 14 May 2009 at 3:25 am #

    And then the dark one raises his world-weary head to croak out the unwelcome words, “don’t spend all the money this time.”

    You deserve this and much more, Killa. Deserve it, though.

  55. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 May 2009 at 4:21 am #

    Ride that wave sk, you deserve every bit of success that comes your way.

    Lady Di

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    linjo | 14 May 2009 at 4:48 am #

    I am really excited for you Steve. Hope you make enough to give you and your girls a comfortable life. When I win Powerball tonight I’ll send ya some spending money down.
    Hope that Woofle doesnt have a black eye! Know the drama, the pup chewed up Georgia’s latest ‘monkey’ pet. Tears and rage. Another $7 down the drain. Happy days for you Steve. Linda x

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    eek | 14 May 2009 at 7:49 am #

    It does feel as if it’s all coming together really well, doesn’t it? A very exciting time and I certainly hope you are all well rewarded for such a fantastic album. What I find especially exciting about the consistently great reviews is most non-fan reviewers probably listened to the album once or twice — and they “got” it! The quality shines, even on that very first listen. And then there is still so much yet to discover on subsequent hearings.

    “and now you backed a good one klk n im real happy”

    KLK has backed several very good albums — this one just may be a great one. Many kudos to KLK. Church fans owe him big time!

    Oh Scarlet…. As a youngest child myself I understand the allure of your older siblings’ toys. I destroyed many of my sister’s things while playing with them. It took years for her to forgive me…actually,I’m not entirely sure she has even yet. My advice is to cry a lot and look really pitiful. 😉

    “meanwhile i’m working on my greek myths paintings
    iggy pop as paris chooses out of 3 saucy goddesses
    and lotsa dogs and arcadian foliage and its BIG!”

    Oooh, that series is going to be fun!

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