posted on October 5, 2006 at 8:29 pm

“and in the planes above us
the slightest prick is felt
when we break down
when we just melt….”

6.30 friday morning
flying to queensland v.soon
must pick mwp up at 8.15 in paddington
listening to ashra
kraut rock
wow true to my stereotype!
have already smoked pre-flyte nerve calmer
will have more layter, i guess
maybe half a val. if flyte is bumpy
or if i get the wrong seat
wedged between 2 huge ladies
clostrafobia coming down fast
its a little stormy lookin’ today…
you see the chrunches adventure in the plane with the explodin’ engine
used up my last bit of blase-ness about flyin’
it fuckin’ scares me now
i cant relax
i dont relax
i have to do it all the time
fly here n there
for long 15 hour flights
or a 9 then a 12 then a 2 hours to get to sweden
i have 2 states on planes
anxious or sedated
please no advice unless you put the airmiles in that i have
at the end of flyte is tropical queensland
eumundi , a grroovy little town on the sunshine coast
we talkin’ floridian weather n palm trees, fiendss
balmy nights, jellyfish dawns, hot blissful days
lotsa timber houses in bushland settings w/skylights
surfie boys n girls running along in wetsuits w/ boards
mumsndads w/ kids
models w/fake tits etc
lotsa healthy cafes
anyway we gonna play tonite there
bring that house down
tropical rock w/sultry bits
maybe we got some holiday accom
with a fancy swimming pool n gold faucets
all day menu n wi-fi
fluffy robes you can wear n even buy!?
a chocolate on the pillow when the made terns the sheet back
you dont get that one too often tho

the australian audiences……
oh my my
it aint like playing in the states
it just aint!
which is why bands always like to tour the states
cos the audiences enjoy emselves!
i dunno
the audience pays their money
they can do whatever they like
i spose…
i dont wanna order em to enjoy emselves
enjoying yerself doesnt necessarily mean
screaming n waving n stage diving
my mum came to gig in london where there was stage diving
she couldnt believe it!
then a big black man told her to fuck off when she tried to get in backstage
it was quite a night for my mother, i can tell you
you can enjoy yerself on a chair sitting still
you dont have to dance or writhe baybee
(tho its nice when ya do, childe)
just dont be intimidated by my good looks n apparent genius
thats all i humbly beg of ya, my cherished aussie audiencer
yes its the chrunch, we’re magnificent n we’re legends
but just treat us nicely, ok?
we’re not the local youth club band
we need a little encouragement
ah thats better
pretend that we love each other
and it will come to pass
you see its the way its meant to be
we need to turn each other on a little
or we’ll become sullen n distant
and then ya wont getcha moneysworth
its so easy to let go n enjoy it…
but its kinda hard as well
i know
i know
i been in the audience a cuppla times myself
but please
trust us
as i must trust mr pilate today
in yonder flying can of metal
put yerself in our experienced hands
let yer mind stretch out n relax
let tension evaporate
let anxiety cease
let a dreamy n thought provoking mood come down
listen to the bass n drums
follow the blooming guitars
the words are telling you a story
see, its quite pleasant
isnt it?
have used the liquid bandage
finger still a little open
hey queensland
you better make it worth my while
see ya tonite then
in eu-fucking-mundi
and have bells on!

65 Responses to “the humble servant of your majesties”

  1. avatar
    davidcwelker | 5 October 2006 at 9:20 pm #

    rock on maestro.

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    JJ | 5 October 2006 at 9:27 pm #

    Wish I could be there – hope the roof flies off the place once the space-rock takes flyte, and you get the nice, cushy hotel womb to stay in.


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    Krissythegroupie | 5 October 2006 at 9:27 pm #

    Well then come and visit the US more often! Those Aussies are spoiled yo.

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    ambnt1 | 5 October 2006 at 9:46 pm #

    Well what do u know, I’m astral traveling myself with some Ashra as I type. Sauce Hollandaise, live CD from 1997 recorded in Holland. Killer stuff. 3 long tracks of driving, trance-inducing spacerock. If ya like drums, virtually nobody beats Harald Grosskopf.

    If you’re about to land and the wheels don’t descend, or a wing breaks off, don’t fret: just turn up the old volume on le space rock and try to think nice thoughts…Have a good flight.


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    veleska1970 | 5 October 2006 at 9:47 pm #

    have a good show tonight, regardless of what the audience is (or isn’t) doing.

    so, the finger’s okay now? but how’s the toe?

  6. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 5 October 2006 at 10:17 pm #


    listen to the bass n drums
    follow the blooming guitars
    the words are telling you a story
    see, its quite pleasant

    Escucha al bajo y tambor
    sigue las florecientes guitarras
    las palabras te cuentan un cuento
    ves, es bastante agradable

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    calling down baal and zeus | 5 October 2006 at 10:23 pm #

    flea uses “crazy glue”

    i know that sounds silly..but he says it works like a charm..

    also ya kinda have to consider the source..

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    Colour of Lorraine | 5 October 2006 at 10:23 pm #










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    MATTDAVISON | 5 October 2006 at 10:25 pm #

    well I canne stand flyin too much either sk. So remember I am putting myself through the ringer to see the band in Melby..At least ya getting paid to do it(no disrespect) I am going to Aus with eighty five cents in me jeans….

    We all find the experience unusual in varing degrees, just get a grip of yr self I do…remember there’e designed to do what they do.
    Anyway planey trips” good time for you and marty to write new songies..and plan the NZ trip next year.

    Tere Stamp is on the Today show..
    wonder if he will chat about seeing the lead singer and bassist from the cchunc..

    Bring swappsie painting to melby.. I got one for ya.

    * to my fellow nevet…
    Pete jackson on set, well I remember him telling me that when I had my entrails ripped out as a zombie in Braindead that you have to make sounds like “sqrrrkkkkkahhhhh”)))bruuggggh..
    etc, but as he was saying it he spat a piece of sandwich at yr young zombie boy, as he was eating it;…hit me square in da eye..(cheese and tomato i think) and then walked away.. Turn over..sound (Speed) ACTION!!!
    fUC i CANNE sEE… SQUINTING AS THE arri 535 stares me in the face for a huge close -up

    Jackson in the back ground going yeah!! great !! love that peice of brain guts that just fell into that zombies eye………Cut)

    Thanks Jacko.. Who would guess 6 years later LOTR???


  10. avatar
    mattd | 5 October 2006 at 10:57 pm #

    PS. Have a great nite tonight SK….

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 October 2006 at 11:21 pm #

    Steve fxxxxxx Kilbey,

    St Kilda is 2/3rds full – I am soooo hoping for a sell out!!!

    It’ll be alright on the night

    We gunna give ya satisfaction, cause the only reason any of us will be at the National Theatre sittin in those cumfy old seats is to see you all do your stuff. Were gunna sing along and tap our toes, wistle a tune and dig the drums and guitars.

    I was talking about you guys to a friend the other night at Ron Sexsmith and a punter overheard me and asked if I was talking about the Church. We went on to swap stories about you guys (ancient history) and this guy who is coming to the Saint saw you in Perth in 81 (Canterbury Court?)when he was 11, and he took in 3 cans of VB. He loves you guys.

    Ron Sexsmith was amazing, I love his storytelling, his voice and melody and he is pretty handy as a one man band, and is also a sweet sweet soul.

    Have faith in us Steve cause we are ALL excited.

    Rock that Sunshine Coast fella.

    St Kilda Baybee


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    Anonymous | 5 October 2006 at 11:46 pm #

    yes we are a different sort of crowd. but fuck I love your gigs. and ya know, do it for the few that scream man…I was watching some girls at the adelaide gig and they just sat there sedated, but they stayed right through the hwole thing and didnt leave until the house lights came on. I was wondering to myself. they looked prim and proper, more suited to an office or tea party. did they enjoy it? I have to believe they did…see, you have to be open minded, even though it must be frustrating as a performer. but we pay our 30 bucks so we do want to see ya. and can ya imagine someone stage bombing the gov? the hard and empty dance floor would hurt man!

  13. avatar
    sockfacepuppetmunch | 5 October 2006 at 11:49 pm #

    r u coing down to melby pierre??
    You don’t talk too me much any more.

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    lorrain | 6 October 2006 at 12:43 am #

    Hey Steve,
    how much you encompass, i get it, on the fly
    just make sure the pilate is not called regis, for french humorists “les nuls” deem him a really bad pilate (roger. no, this is regis) 😀
    another sk (stanlyey kubrick) dreaded planes too, but i guess you already knew. i wonder if the above mentioned great man and director, peter jackson feels the same about flying cans. hello md, i like a gore film from time to time, but haven’t seen braindead.
    a humbel link for those who like david eddings, one of the few who can be compared to tolkien
    i forgot to tell u: yesterday evening, i took my book by senancour “oberman” and entered an indian restaurant, a few meters from my front door. something i almost never do…

    steve, tim, peter, marty, and audience of eumundi, i wish u magnetic trips !

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 October 2006 at 12:58 am #

    jesus nevets,

    ya want peole to go nuts in bloody eu-mundi….hmmm the last time I was there, they had rum n coke on tap… the locals could be well juiced tonight.Could be a fun night 😉

    well anways…I have ma posse comin‘ to the Enmore gig, we’ll be screamin and yellin’… I expect nothing but space-rock-maximus!

  16. avatar
    Simon | 6 October 2006 at 1:08 am #

    Joes waterhole in ole eumundi will fade in and then out
    in between there will be wierd yokels and crazy fans who have not seen you for years
    it smells of old beer, old carpets and old men , but
    300 people will get in there, and it will be sold out by a country mile
    and it is a very sunny day today here so you will enjoy yourself
    I cannot wait…my very first church gig in eumundi, ha ha.

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    public savant | 6 October 2006 at 1:36 am #

    Dare I say it Nuncle, you get the audience for which you book: play to a fully seated, nay mired, crowd at that theatre in image-conscious St Kilda and you’ll be blinking out at a very large dayroom of catatonics for whom there will be no Awakening. You’ll be angry from the start and you’ll drift into that surly Buddhist thing you do, all lashes and withholding (which can be quite engaging, i must admit). I remember 92 i think it was, when the scabrous fauves set the tone with their vituperative noise and you refined fellows followed only to find row upon row of stunned pillars of salt.

    O well, at least we can bring the kids to this one.

    As for that damn tent, squashed up at the back behind rows of crappy plastic chairs the squeak of which would be discernible above the music if only the fuckers upon them would move an atrophied muscle.

    At this stage in your venerable careers why don’t you dictate a seating/standing configuration and a lighting regime likely to achieve the desired ambience?

    meanwhile i’ll be in the sixth row of the national theatre with a nodding head and an open heart….

  18. avatar
    mike a | 6 October 2006 at 1:54 am #

    Good luck tonight sk!!

    Your poor mom!! That was a good story!!

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    MarkM | 6 October 2006 at 2:04 am #

    I hate flying too…and I’ve never done that much of it. Not looking forward to flying to Melbourne and it doesn’t even take 2 hours..lotsa deep breathing…and the church on the ipod….invisble on repeat…that song can take me somewhere else anythime.

    Pierre – I completely agree with you about Ron Sexsmith…one talented, humble gent that lad. I’ve seen him quite a few times now, unfortunately like many talented chaps, he should have been a household name years ago.

    We’ll be there Steve dancin on the inside at the enmore and the national letting your space rock take us away, the anxieties are floating off already…
    see ya

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    Anonymous | 6 October 2006 at 2:15 am #

    ron sexmith didnt make adelaide which is very disappointing….saw him a few years ago and it blew me away. hands down the best gig ive ever seen, on par with hey, the church from two tours back, the one that started acoustic and finished electric, shortly after el momento was released…not that this time around wasnt great but the electric wizards were still testing/regaining feeling for their wands me thinks…

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 October 2006 at 2:30 am #


    could it be that your ear disabling device (TM) is causing you to not hear the rapturous applause which preceeds and follows your every move?

  22. avatar
    JJ | 6 October 2006 at 3:41 am #

    SK –

    I knew there must be some theraputic value from personal experience. News item of potential interest:

    “Marijuana may help stave off Alzheimer’s
    Active ingredient in pot may help preserve brain function”


  23. avatar
    limebeaver | 6 October 2006 at 3:48 am #

    Hi Stevis,
    I can’t but help agree with publicsavant and myself about venue selection. Last time in Melbourne town you guys did lovely acoustic set in shouty Corner Hotel. Now it shall be mind bending electrics in peaceable theatre. Kind of illogical no?
    Anyway, this may have already been addressed to death (haven’t been keeping up with comments), but re your blog death in november, why not just delete the previous years postings that will be booked and keep going?
    so on and hence forth.

    Limebeaver that is not complaining, you guys could play in a public lavatory and i would be fighting George Michael for a good view.

  24. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 6 October 2006 at 4:21 am #

    me feel the same way bout flying in metal boxes, but that’s what has to be done to get from point A to point B in our case anyway…

  25. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 6 October 2006 at 7:27 am #

    Oh, the adventure of space travel!

  26. avatar
    kat | 6 October 2006 at 8:52 am #

    keep hittin’ the nerve calmer. vertigo and good luck! hi to mwp and the rest of churchville 😉

  27. avatar
    fantasticandy | 6 October 2006 at 9:45 am #

    i will be laughing all day thinking about that incident with your mum!

  28. avatar
    Rubikon | 6 October 2006 at 10:30 am #


    I can remember watching you guys a few years ago in Dublin, Ireland – I was sitting in the front row just a few feet from the stage. The whole audience was sitting down listening and watching. It was one of the most sublime gigs I have ever been to in my life. I wish I could have experienced the gig three times – One, to close my eyes and just listen to your music, Two, to simply watch you guys perform and play together, and three to just move to your music.

    The point is that an audience doesn’t need to be jumping up and down and making a lot of noise to appreciate you – we can’t all be American – bless ’em.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 October 2006 at 11:35 am #

    Gee that was a bit harsh!

    Hope you had fun tonight in balmy QLD and the crowd jumped and whoo-hoo’d and screamed out “awesome” after every song.
    Well, we’ll try and generate some “heat in the seat” next week in Melbourne when the majority of us will be stoned and slouched in our allocated theatre chairs! woo yeah!!!

    love and kisses

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 October 2006 at 12:50 pm #

    Steve, just because you kind of live like a bohemian don’t make you one. Pensioners live as you do and we all know how most of them see the world. You hate all the things they hate. You knock makeup and pettiness because you’re too old (and you’ve done too many drugs) to remember what it all means. Yeah, say it doesn’t mean a thing but you’re only lying to yourself. You’re not a gypsy; you’re not free-spirited, not really—you just aren’t! Fuck if I can explain it, I just know you still have a lot to learn about freedom. If anything, you’re straight. You’re a nerd trying to be wild. You have the words, can’t deny you that. You write okay music and your lyrics sometimes hit a nerve—yeah, your words make you but it ends there because you can’t sing. I know how you’d love to be able to really sing but, hey, I also know you can do better! The feel—the feel’s missing. All these years you’ve been hiding behind your substances and your makeup. I hated the Goldfish DVD—so bloody pretentious. Your rehearsed wit and silly accent. Fuck, man, come out already! The spot light’s on you—lead the way. You want audiences to enjoy your music: show them that you know how to enjoy it first. Peter never smiles: someone please remove the stick he has up his arse. Marty—shit, man, someone take away the mike. Listening to and watching him is fucking torture. He looks and sounds like a bloody retard. The only cool ‘thisisme!’ bloke is Tim—love your honesty. Steve, just learn to connect with the audiences and let go. Try going out there without that shit you keep smoking and let the real you out. Get off your ego’s pedestal. We know you’re artsy on paper but can you breathe irregular? You need to suffer your words, you spoilt brat! Follow the yellow brick road—courage awaits you.

    Mungo, Pushul and co.

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    restaurant mark | 6 October 2006 at 1:31 pm #

    sedated seems way better than anxious!!! go for that! yeah, i like to think we’re a good audience here. i’m definately into it! no stage diving mind you…but a good bit of head bobbing and a heartfelt whoo-hoo-yeah!!! you know, in the right spot of course! bands do seem to really like atlanta. i think we’re enthusiastic and laid back at the same time…maybe it’s a southern thing? doesn’t take much for me to enjoy myself at a show though…just feel the music…wear it! have a great show tonight man. take care. wishing for safe smooth flights for ya!

  32. avatar
    John Garratt | 6 October 2006 at 1:43 pm #

    Hey, at least your mom goes to your shows.


  33. avatar
    CSTCoach | 6 October 2006 at 2:28 pm #

    Knock em dead tonight!

    Man, I envy all of you good folk in australia. Would love to catch a full electric show. The acoustic this year down in the states was the best show I’ve ever seen, hands down.


  34. avatar
    gavgams | 6 October 2006 at 3:18 pm #

    Mungo / Anonymous,
    I bet you got nothing to offer, just a black hole brain of nagativity. The big expert on freedom – that we could all be free of the likes of you…
    And another thing…
    How dare you sign off with love (like the vulture loves the lamb). You got no sensibilty for the magic, for the transporting to other realms. You got no respect for their right to be brilliant musicians first and foremost.
    Begone, begone, begone
    Make the world a better place, tonight and let’s pray you never have anything to do with children. You got more than feel missing in your “analysis”

  35. avatar
    ambnt1 | 6 October 2006 at 3:28 pm #

    Yes, I second that. If you got that much hatred for the man then why are you here? Why don’t you go on Brittany Spears’ blog, Mungo, arsehole. (Sorry Steven, I know this isn’t a chatroom but I couldn’t resist).


    n.p. Klaus Wiese, “Plejades”

  36. avatar
    rubikon | 6 October 2006 at 3:35 pm #

    Mungo, etc..

    You just don’t get it. Did you ever?

    Steve can’t sing? WHAT? Hey, C’mon, I know Steve is no Robbie (Mr. Entertainment!!) Williams in the Singer stakes But Thank the F**k for that. Steve is an original – The Real F**king DEAL! as are the whole Band.

    Pete’s too tall to smile – it’s a gravity effect :).

  37. avatar
    leelinau | 6 October 2006 at 6:05 pm #

    still….Steve can’t sing?

    Are you out of your MIND?

  38. avatar
    isolde | 6 October 2006 at 6:11 pm #

    Sk yes you have my trust
    and my respect
    Eumundi show was amazing
    a truly heroic Church

    Here’s a bit of an outline for any interested folk

    Joe’s Waterhole, aussie pub with entertainment area very mellow crowd to start with during the support which was two irish players from the Celtic Shakers? with songs such as pearls and emeralds and some nice banter

    Crowd got progressively more tanked and loud
    she’s a beer pub mate!
    but you were cool goodonya
    place was packed and lots of people at the front getting into it
    lots of good down to earth folk having a great night out and catching up with eachother the comments afterwards on the way out were “awesome! fantastic! and totally got our money’s worth!” so there you go, hope it was worth it for you all too

    Here are the songs I remember, there was 2 hours worth
    Began with Saturation most beautiful song
    later also Ionian Blues, heart achingly atmospheric
    Also, I Kept Everything and Nothing Seeker, Numbers,
    Ripple caused a ripple as did Reptile
    Crowd sang along for Unguarded Moment and Under the Milky Way
    Block was towards the end, absolutely fantastic. Day 5 and Pure Chance such beautiful songs too. Grind was the extra encore and it was ecstatic, thanks for coming back out it was a victory

    what a great evening in such a beautiful part of the world hope you can get to the beach, its a nice drive out past the cattle and cane, and the water is just right


  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 October 2006 at 6:56 pm #

    Steve —

    I’m here, in my home office, working away and listening to some footage of one of your recent shows in the States. I’m transported back to the Atlanta show this summer.

    No band has ever touched me as deeply or as consistently as you guys have. Every moment of that show was magic, and by extension, every remembered moment relived here in my study, today, months later, is magic also, livening what would be just another drab work day.

    In the moments of doubt and derision, remember this — what you’re doing has deep, penetrating meaning to your faithful, discerning public.

    Affections –

    Violette, in Montreal

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 October 2006 at 7:13 pm #

    safe trip fellas
    much love and rock-its
    unified field..

    jaime r…

  41. avatar
    gareth,notts | 6 October 2006 at 7:25 pm #

    rubikon,completely agree,if you’re talking about vicar st,dublin 2002 when it was all seating,it was a gig like no other and the venue was perfect for the show,also made a start helping the band get through their backstage guiness supply,about 5mins before actually being offered to help meself,sorry! mungo-i remember you,flatulent,brain-dead lump from Blazing Saddles!’telegram for mungo!,telegram for mungo!’was probably news about your steps and boyzone cds!seriously,what a total fuckwit.

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 October 2006 at 7:30 pm #

    Oh dude
    it would be so nice to half dignify the fool
    with all the self-exuding Mungo charm
    you got a lot a nerve
    how can anyone speak like that about anyone
    whence yu probably know not enough of your own soul.

    its sad and frustrating to hear you talk shit
    cuz its easy to come and shit on the floor and leave
    I take exception because you intend to insult and criticize..

    anyway, yu suck out the very energy yu wanted and its yours.

    yeah a straight could go right at yu and attack yu personally
    like a dignified and complete self-absorbed chump would
    But as a human its just best to ignore your sticks and stones..
    You got a lotta nerve
    gonna get what you deserve…

    Peace on these fools..

    jaime r

  43. avatar
    restaurant mark | 6 October 2006 at 9:25 pm #

    i don’t want to get into a pissing contest with those who are saying negative things, so i won’t…but why are you here if you don’t appreciate the church’s music and steve as a writer, musician, and singer? i don’t get it??? everyone’s entitled to an opinion of course, but you know, i don’t care for say…nickelback, so i’m not gonna spend any time on their web site. if they had a blog, wouldn’t read it…not into them. wouldn’t even go there just to cut them up…got other stuff to do. but i do read this one…every day. why, cause i truly respect steve’s lyrics and the music the band makes…means a lot to me on different personal levels…love it. that’s my two cents worth. peace everyone.

  44. avatar
    Chela | 6 October 2006 at 9:30 pm #

    Hey Mungo:
    When will your record, book of poetry, paintings become available for review?


  45. avatar
    ambnt1 | 6 October 2006 at 10:03 pm #


    You have more talent in one of your nasal hairs than Mungo-Jumbo has in his entire puny body. I am certain you will cut him up nicely on your next blog (please).


    n.p. Alio Die, “Khen Introduce Silence”

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    Anonymous | 6 October 2006 at 11:52 pm #

    I am sure Steve won’t cut him up…’s cardboard boxes that really get him going remember.

    I think SK may have a thick skin and/or a turn the other cheek philosophy to this sort of appraoch. Mr Mungo is a fan of some sort…but I do think Mr Restaurant Mark has a point….Mr Mungo has free will and a right to an opinion, but what is really acheived by publishing his little train of thought?
    I suspect he may be an attention hound trying to cause a ripple in the pond here.

    Anyhoo, that’s my two cents.


    And hello to Isolde…it’s been a while!

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    lorrain | 7 October 2006 at 12:42 am #

    Dear good sire Kilbey,

    I was certain U would recommend indian food, i am eager to discover more. In the restaurant, I identified at last tofu on the menu card, for a start, and noticed beautiful elephants carved in wood, but did not know what to make of em
    on my way up the mountain, i look over my shoulder and see sorrow real below

    tenderness and compassion for my kind fill up my gaze, thanks to the gifted man i knew you were, watching the pyramid

    spicy freeman who never read herbert

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 October 2006 at 1:00 am #

    Last night’s gig was great. The band was tight and you all looked great. The audience loved you and wanted to love you more. Sometimes you are playing stuff that you love but the audience loves some other stuff more, more dance and jangly riffs. We die-hard devotees loved you. Best version of Reptile ever.


  49. avatar
    lorrain | 7 October 2006 at 1:04 am #

    echoes of a bad experience during “the mouth of madness” by john carpenter, though.
    be safe, wanderer

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 October 2006 at 2:16 am #

    Mungo could be Koyle Shandiland-hands in disguise????

  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 October 2006 at 2:40 am #

    SK, I can’t speak for anyone else but I am too busy savouring the spectacle to show a reaction!

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    fergal | 7 October 2006 at 3:04 am #

    i enjoy living in one of those timber houses in bushland settings w/skylights in queensland … ;-D

    maybe typical aust audiences/punters just don’t feel the need to try to prove to everyone else that they’re enjoying themselves, or to try to ‘out-enjoy’ other punters … and perhaps this is partly because they’re simply enjoying the moment, and they know as much … ?

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    calling down baal and zeus | 7 October 2006 at 3:34 am #

    gee willikers

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    isolde | 7 October 2006 at 4:21 am #

    Mungo has the courage of his convictions, he’s talking about courage too
    and that’s what its all about really, the details of anyone’s opinions are their business

    the world needs people who are passionate and speak their minds
    we all use different ways to get a point across
    sometimes there’s creative ways to try and do it
    other times its best just to come out and say it
    i’ve learnt that it is important to be responsible for what we say
    we might think that we are nobody and who cares
    but it does have an impact

    maybe m has never had the opportunity to stand in front of sk
    and watch him transcend and shimmer and shake with the music the words the emotion
    but if he does, he will understand it better
    maybe he’s never had the chance to see how the church smile at eachother on stage
    or smile at pk or sk and be smiled at in return in a simple exchange of happiness
    but if he does, he will change his mind about that too

    Artists need encouragement. Exploring new modes of creativity is risky and destined to not be understood by people in a different headspace. Whether its contemporary music, poetry or art, there’s a place for expression that comes from a peaceful process and there’s a place for expression that is challenging and thought provoking and experimental. If a debate begins then all players should be heard on the stage

    Trying to create anything and challenge and please your audience at the same time is difficult and only the brave attempt it, often artists are seen as foolish, crazy, pretentious etc. Being critical and risking disfavour from the artist also requires courage. But in criticising, remember that for some artists, they have no choice, it’s a calling, they are channelling, this makes them sensitive, but they won’t necessarily be sensitive to us. This is just how it is, the challenge is to look beyond our own limited experience and perception and try to understand and accept them

    Cheers B.Bon


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    Cita | 7 October 2006 at 4:22 am #

    Your Revesby show is still tingling in my ears. Your mauve melodies seeped into my skin and lingered in layers giving my soul what it wants most …a glimpse of the divine. Maybe I was just too stunned and moved to move…maybe it was Revesby? A strange place for such an arty band. Steve don’t think the quiet response means mute souls the opposite was true for me. It must have been those things in your ears we just needed to have some conversation. My silent moments this week have been filled with the sweet essence of ethereal church melodies. Reptile still echoes sublime and true.

    Yoga is the truth the light and the way even on planes.

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    mattd | 7 October 2006 at 4:40 am #

    well there you go……

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    sue cee | 7 October 2006 at 5:57 am #

    What? No stagediving?!

    Steve’s laying down the gauntlet! Lets go crazy folks.I find it hard to sit still myself SK but play Invisible and Im totally lost and gone.

    If the crowd doesnt fire up, Im gonna blame the support band heh heh … just kidding mark 🙂 Steve, make the crowd get up out of those comfy seats!!

    BTW i hope no-one EVER spoke to your mum like that again!

    thanks Isolde for the review. 6 knights to fly!

    ps steve, change the setlist around, too many spoilers already!

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    Anonymous | 7 October 2006 at 6:20 am #

    you sing like no other
    and it’s a divine sound you channel
    your an authentic artist
    and a sweetie
    most of the time

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    Wil-O | 7 October 2006 at 7:23 am #

    across the room, but across the ether.

    howdy Kil-O

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    pharaoh | 7 October 2006 at 7:58 am #

    Eagerly anticipating tonight’s show at the Tivoli SK… sorry that you feel Oz audiences are too restrained. Ive said it before but it doesn’t matter how many times i see you cats play (every Brisbane show for the last 10 years) it’s always a special experience. Im not a hooter or a whistler but you can expect a hearty round of applause from me after every song… and im sure you appreciate a rapturous silence as you play more than some drunken cad hollering out requests.

    As for the singing debate… David Byrne once said “the better a singer’s voice, the harder it is to believe what they are singing”, and to me that rings true. Which is not to say i think Steve is a bad vocalist, but that most of my favourite vocalists in rock could be judged bad singers on a purely technical level… SK, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Syd Barrett, Robert Smith, Thurston Moore, Bob Dylan etc. All of them have a certain frailty and weariness to their vocals that makes them credible and unique to listen to. Can you imagine some glossed-up crooner like Michael Bolton or one of the R&B crowd singing anything even remotely moving or convincing?

    Well enough ranting… only a few hours until a blissful night of space-rock goodness… i’m excited.


    PS. many thanks for the Braindead anecdote Matt Davison, that was hilarious… i will have to rewatch my copy to see if i can pick you out (as well as PJ’s semi-masticated sandwich fragment)… you look familiar in your website pic. Yes its hard to believe the maker of Meet the Feebles went on to do LOTR… Tolkien must have been spinning in his grave… even more amazing he did such a brilliant job of it.

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    sue cee | 7 October 2006 at 8:10 am #

    sk – as i said to someone recently, i’ve loved you since i first saw your voice… and she totally got it.

    mattd – poor starving artist, i’ll shout you a beer in exchange for a tale… deal?

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    davem | 7 October 2006 at 8:54 am #

    You are magnificent. You are legends.
    Hope the flight was ok. I hate it too.
    Love you more,

    Dave M

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    eek | 7 October 2006 at 9:06 am #

    Ah Steve, I hate flying too and I feel guilty every time I wish for you to come here to play. …not guilty enough to stop wanting you to tour here though, but I do feel guilty. When you do tour here I will be an enthusiastic and appreciative audience member. No pogoing, stagediving or singing along from me (to the great relief of absolutely everyone I’m sure), but I do love you guys and I hope it is apparent.

    I had to laugh at the story about your mum. She sounds like quite the trooper!

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    pharaoh | 7 October 2006 at 9:33 am #

    And whats this about PK not similing on stage? They obviously never read my comment recalling the Church’s last electric show in Brissie.

    Just a guess but i think Mungo may be the same wounded ego who’s been making anonymous insults since the days of Steve’s anti-gun/war blogges… his “I just know you still have a lot to learn about freedom” line speaks volumes.

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    persephone2u | 7 October 2006 at 9:58 am #

    Mungo is clearly a tedious little dipshit who should be ignored at all costs. Perhaps when Mungo lets us hear his own music we can properly judge his ill-conceived and odious wankery. Until then — sayonara, assclown.

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