posted on May 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm


its been a bit quiet for SKPers i admit

but coming soon i’m going to lay 2 new tracks on you that I’ve completed

it’ll be a download thingy

it shouldn’t be too far off

this week i’m flying to sweden to visit family

i will be staying 2 weeks only but hope to catch up with everyone

i guess

the church are ‘aving a break for a while

yes we are the best band in the world but breaks must be had

just letting you all know that i’m ready to start anytime

when the break is over

i think we are just too good to ever stop….

i hope we can keep going a bit longer

we gotta play in england again

because we had that great leap forward and the english will dig it

i wish i could go and play germany etc too but maybe cost prohibitive

i am working on mimesis 2 at the moment

its sounding good

of course

its great to work with polinski …hes the best mixer of his type in aust

um other bits and pieces but that’ll do for now

more one off collaborations too

should all be all right!




75 Responses to “ttb bullet in”

  1. avatar
    davem | 13 May 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    This is a relief. It would be so sad not to see you play here again. It’s been over 5 years now.
    Have a safe flight and a wonderful break.

  2. avatar
    colette | 13 May 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    we’d pile into the boeing but you’ve got to have money for that… (joke). safe trip, maybe you’ll see Marty? So for a while the Church will go very soft, ‘but where does it end?…and on’ Look forward to whatever whenever. Cheers, love – Church music = bliss. The panacea to a sometimes seemingly meaningless existence. No the antidote.

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    Pernath | 13 May 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    thank you for the updates. spring arrived after a cold cold winter…my b beloved chestnut tree abloom…i was listening to Operetta and saw the blossoms dwindle down and thought about how all instruments and vocal lines in Operetta dissolve n detach in the end and thought, this is all over…

    enjoy sweden! had to cancel my stay there unfortunately…

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    Ryan Murdock | 13 May 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Great to hear about Memesis 2, new download tracks and new collaborations on the horizon. And of course there must be another church album – you guys are too good, too unique, too important to ever retire. Safe travels!

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    Chris | 13 May 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    Safe travels, SK.

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    princey | 13 May 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    That’s great news about everything sk! Lucky you to be heading off to Sweden, you might even bump into Marty there…just like old times. 🙂

    Enjoy it all and bon voyageee!
    love Amanda

  7. avatar
    veleska1970 | 13 May 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    have a wonderful visit in sweden. safe travels.

    lotza love……….

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    Jmb066 | 14 May 2012 at 12:03 am #


    So glad to hear you are going to see your family, the song your daughters released is excellent and i am sure you are very proud. Thanks for the update on the church there have been some rumors at the hotel womb that were interesting to say the least. Looking forward to your books being in print again as well.

    Travel safe and have a great two weeks with your family.


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    narelle parsons | 14 May 2012 at 12:39 am #

    how very exciting for you Steve
    enjoy the getaway, family, friends, get down, get up again, twist, shout eat, drink, be merry etc etc
    happy trails…
    with love, Narelle

  10. avatar
    Steven Krut | 14 May 2012 at 1:30 am #

    Can a package tour in England of One Direction and The Church be avoided much longer? I think not!

  11. avatar
    Thrash | 14 May 2012 at 2:02 am #

    Good to hear. I’ve been listening to you guys since I discovered Heyday in high school. I look forward to more music from you and the Church. We still talk about how great the Future, Past, Perfect show in Atlanta was… Safe travels Steve.

  12. avatar
    JTheDon | 14 May 2012 at 4:41 am #

    🙂 I’m delivering the message YO!!!!….LOL…LOL…

  13. avatar
    andy | 14 May 2012 at 6:15 am #

    what with the bevis frond gigging again too,
    wonderful, wonderful news!

  14. avatar
    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 14 May 2012 at 6:22 am #

    Have a great vacation and hug those first born angels…

    Be healthy and safe…

    A travel journal would be a cool idea for the blog , but maybe taking
    couple steps back will ensure a clearer mind and a fresher take on
    all that surrounds and encompasses your life…

    Never forget- we don’t just admire and adore you…

    We consider you family…


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    Linjo | 14 May 2012 at 7:57 am #

    Hope your trip is filled with days of happiness and love Steve. Sweden is supposed to be very beautiful in Spring. Lucky you too Amanda going to Greece! Hope you have a fabulous time. That is definitely on my wish list xxxLinda

  16. avatar
    Once | 14 May 2012 at 8:02 am #

    The Church are great; but, as such – all of the “components” of the Church are great as well. We love you together, we love you apart.

    No worries – fulfill your lives and be happy.

    Oh, and enjoy your visit to Sweden! If only…lol.


  17. avatar
    timetunnel | 14 May 2012 at 8:06 am #

    Luckily, distances are not that big here. If a Continental Europe tour is not an option then Continental Europe will swarm to London. But what about Amsterdam, more or less just ’round the corner of London, wasn’t that always a good place to play as well…?

    Mimesis 2 – that sounds great! The first one is fabulous. Polinski does great jobs indeed. MATS might be a kinda “difficult” album in the Church catalogue, but considering the mix only I think Polinski’s mix of MATS is one of the best mixes of all Church albums. The Comedown single with its 4 other tracks is a little mixing masterpiece on its own. Crips and clear sound, everything in it’s right place.

    Enjoy Sweden! Must be very beautiful up there at the moment.

  18. avatar
    Cocoamo | 14 May 2012 at 10:28 am #

    Yes Travel. Tedious, cathartic, refreshing, exhausting.

    I was the master of the midnight highway. As the sun disappeared, the earth and the sky became one indistinguishable smudge of dark shadow and only the reflection of the headlights on the painted lines survived, stretching relentlessly before me.

    That wasn’t the plan. I missed the autotrain at 4, and with a deep sigh headed north. Smokey wasn’t the only one disappointed, looking to cool his wheels riding on a railroad car. I had been up since 6:30, scrubbing tubs, toilets, and floors, 8 hours of rushing about that would be enough for one day in the best of times.

    My car….we rode for miles and miles, following the error of our ways. Through the straight and level of Georgia and the Carolinas, winding through the mountains of Virginia, West Virginia, and finally Pennsylvania.

    But what does that have to do with mashed potatoes not having bones? Only this: Starting a drive already tired and then 1100 continuous miles of driving were only possible because I loaded up the CD player with Church CDs. Dancing in the seat, tapping the steering wheel, stopping every 2 hours for a break and a Yoga pose for a stretch, you kept me awake and alive – Well you, Marty, Peter, Tim, two protein bars and three bladder-busting Pepsi’s.

    A nice advantage of traveling alone was that I could play my favorites over and over, memorizing the words, making out parts I hadn’t been able to hear before (Snakes stir in the thistles, the back of the cat’s neck bristles, AHAH! People round here think you’re a witch…)

    Thanks again. Bon Voyage an may your trip be as enjoyable as mine was.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania

  19. avatar
    Pat Hendren | 14 May 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Mimesis 2? YEAH!!! First Isidore 2 and now this. You read my mind. Thanks!

  20. avatar
    Jesiah6 | 14 May 2012 at 10:59 am #

    That’s a lot of great news in one post.
    2 new tracks, mimesis 2, and more collaborations. I’m really excited!
    and, of course The Church IS the best band ever.

  21. avatar
    herman the German | 14 May 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    yeah, come to Germany!

  22. avatar
    Galamor the Wizard | 14 May 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    You’re gonna laugh that nasty laugh at this, but how the hell do supposedly starving artistes like you fly to the opposite side of the world on holidays every other year? Share with us all your saving tips because I envy how you continually do this. Maybe I should have been a rock star….

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 14 May 2012 at 7:59 pm #

      i rarely fly anywhere.
      but it isn’t a holiday there anyway
      i need to be there

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 15 May 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      wow, galamor — it’s sad you’re so completely missing the point.
      firstly — songwriting, recording music and playing it live *IS* *WORK* — are we clear on that? because if not, there’s really noting to discuss.
      second — since when visiting family became an unnecessary luxury? try to picture for a moment your own children — if you have’em — as far away as your imagination permits? wouldn’t you find a way to see them?
      here’s the deal — which might cheer you up a bit — steve will never see every aussie or non-aussie cent of what he has honestly earned… why? because some folks out there don’t just envy his “enormous riches,” rather they very eagerly help themselves to whatever they can get their greedy hands on… look on amazon, ebay… remote luxury for nearly 90 bucks… steve’s book for upward from $300… THOSE are the guys you should be asking for financial advice.

  23. avatar
    Ron Bonham | 14 May 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    Splendid news there SK, I know Garreth and I have been trying to drum up interest in the UK for you guys over the past few years and that would be a trip I would have to take!

  24. avatar
    I'm very tired today and wish to sleep til october | 14 May 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Sorry, man, but the church have already lost the momentum and media goodwill of Untitled 23. I wish it weren’t so but, well, you must know it yourself, really.
    Me, I never download anything, ever, even when it’s offered by the artist and it’s totally legit – the demos download with Monsters & Mirages was utterly useless to me cos I don’t have a laptop, i-pod or any other means to play em.
    I can’t drive so I also never travel to gigs, not even 20 miles, but I know you can’t afford to play outside London to play for 6 gits like me so I guess it’ll only be the usual 40 London blokes that’ll be seeing you. Ah well.

    • avatar
      andy | 14 May 2012 at 11:39 pm #

      wot a load of cobblers!
      the english press are now calling church albums ‘masterpieces’.
      are you going to do some harmony vox for st. lou lou while your’e there?

      • avatar
        thetimebeing | 15 May 2012 at 7:49 am #

        i wish andy….

      • avatar
        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 15 May 2012 at 8:56 am #

        Agreed Andy !!!

        The Church can tear a trail across the states
        with no marketing or radio play…just on word
        of mouth – at any moment !!! …not many bands
        left on Earth can do that after an already very
        successful 30+ year career. When the guys return
        to production and touring…we will look back on
        this and smile…I really hope they get to display
        their brilliance on stage for all those who have missed
        them for some years now…all across the globe…
        No One Better EVER !!!!!!!

      • avatar
        Anonymous | 15 May 2012 at 11:23 am #

        read a few of the articles of recent… see, told you a few months back… that the Church/you would be riding the english press as a classic to be looked up to… it will keep going until – you guys: front page/#1 on the list of those who have true talent/integrity and kept the music going. and some more budding new artists will hear all of this and become interested and then sit mezmorized listening to you guys — wow, why don’t artists now play like this? (inner thoughts of those listening, nothing spoken/joyful confusion instead — and again (they) will have inspiration via the Church (that whole catalogue you guys have built along with the new alblum to be released soonish… — and more and more and more. (Then the US who copies the Brits quite a lot… and there you have it – the cover of the Rolling Stones!) It will be a lovely cover!

  25. avatar
    Boriah | 15 May 2012 at 12:24 am #

    As for the trip: do NOT go.


    PD: Salutations after a wild sweaty night. I need a breakfast to recover myself…

  26. avatar
    Steven Krut | 15 May 2012 at 1:16 am #

    I don’t think any momentum has been lost from U23, the awards or the Opera House show. Church fans aren’t short attention span teenyboppers. There’s going to be heightened anticipation for and interest in the next church release and tour. I think it’s an opportunity for the band and better to take the time to come up with something special. I have no idea how the band would draw in England and Europe, but in these interconnected times, perhaps there’s a way to get fans to pre-commit to shows, thereby gaging interest and financial viability beforehand. I’m a big believer in Internet-based innovation and I think there are more ways that the Internet can be used to the band’s advantage.

  27. avatar
    Ari | 15 May 2012 at 2:13 am #

    Welcome to Scadinavia and welcome to here in Finland too. Perhaps we see sometimes the Church concert in Sweden and in Finland?

  28. avatar
    hippy | 15 May 2012 at 3:23 am #

    Mimesis 1 is the most underrated, under-mentioned, under-appreciated masterpiece of your non-Church projects. Some of the most beautiful ethereal ambient ever. Plus how can you beat that first track which deals with life after death in an extremely haunting and poetic way. Really looking forward to M2. As much as I enjoyed U23, I hope the Church makes an ultra-loud, turn the amps up to 11 record with blistering solos and earth-quaking drums its next turn around.

  29. avatar
    davem | 15 May 2012 at 3:23 am #

    Not true, The Church in London always pull good numbers.

  30. avatar
    Ann Carlberger | 15 May 2012 at 4:15 am #

    Replace Marty with Mr. Ricky and fuckin go 4 it, I sez!

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 May 2012 at 6:04 am #

    Here’s hoping its not your daughters illness again dude. Good wishes to all, killa.

  32. avatar
    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 15 May 2012 at 8:47 am #

    I leave you to safe travels with this…

    He kinda looked at me sideways and said…

    “Human beings are the only creatures on Earth that
    claim a God…and the only living things that behave
    like they havn’t got one…Does the world belong to
    no one but you?”

    and when he said this…I was taken aback, not because of
    who was doing the talking, an old homeless starving cat, but I
    finally understood the connection between the lost children
    of our pathetic existence as they search aimlessly for scraps of food
    and the shiny brass plates on the doors of large deceptive banks
    as they open and close their gates on each and every life that
    passes thru them…enough is never more…

    Be Safe Killer…My prayers are with you and all those you love…

    No Matter What The Future Brings…The Church Will Live On Forever !!!


    • avatar
      lisa k | 15 May 2012 at 1:25 pm #

      Hey Darrin- Is this a quote from somewhere, or did you write it? I like it.

      • avatar
        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 15 May 2012 at 7:13 pm #

        Thanks Lisa K…
        Your picture is absolutely stunning !!!!


  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 May 2012 at 11:21 am #

    Forget the fucken english. They dont get it & never will. Waste of time effort & money laying pearls before those swine. Remember when you said you sold more in 1 suburb of los angeles than you do in the whole of england? Its still true. Go where youre appreciated. Fuck em.

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 May 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    … also… very grateful for monsters and mirages — such strange wicked raw treasure…

  35. avatar
    Ryan Murdock | 15 May 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    I have a cunning plan. I think The Church should play a big show in Malta – maybe make it a couple different nights back to back with different setlists so it’s a huge event for church fans. Rent a nice ballroom, or maybe the old infirmary from the Knights in Valletta (it’s a huge room, great atmosphere). Church fans from across Europe can hop a cheap Ryanair flight. It’s easy to get down here and doing a huge show in one location would give lots of folks a chance to see it. And it’s not knock-me-the-fuck-over expensive like London or some of those other cities, so should be possible to pull it off.

    “What a clever bastard that Murdock is!”

    “No, no, please…. don’t thank me now….You’re making me blush…”

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 May 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    If Marty doesn’t want it anymore, our own Fantastic Andy would be an even better fit than Mr. Rick Maymi, splendid chap though he is. Dunno how many here have heard the Dudes of Neptune, but Andy’s definitely got the right dna for the job. Oyea.

    • avatar
      andy | 16 May 2012 at 6:04 pm #

      no way!
      marty’s totally integral to the ‘church sound’.
      these guys meld together in a way no others can……..
      by the way….the ‘dudes’ self-immolated a couple of years ago,
      four guys dwindled to three and became ‘the failed’
      we adore the church and have to quote them as a major influence,
      but we don’t sound at all like them.
      if anyone wants to hear a little check out this new link:

      comments are very wellcome!

  37. avatar
    Michel | 15 May 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    Suddenly there is a hope for attending another Church gig in my life…
    I am ready to cross the Channel !
    Some really good news in your post.
    Have a nice stay in Sweden.

  38. avatar
    Chris | 16 May 2012 at 12:10 am #

    Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry. ~W.B. Yeats

    Thank God you keep quarreling…

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 May 2012 at 1:23 am #

    “We gotta play England again”

    Best news i’ve heard for a while!

    Steve…i would travel anywhere in Europe to see The Church play.
    If costs prohiblt anything other than a few UK be it…I’m sure all the German, Dutch, French (etc) fans will manage to make the short journey.

    After all, they get a good exchange rate (at the moment!).

  40. avatar
    daveoto | 16 May 2012 at 1:25 am #

    “We gotta play England again”

    Best news i’ve heard for a while!

    Steve…i would travel anywhere in Europe to see The Church play.
    If costs prohiblt anything other than a few UK be it…I’m sure all the German, Dutch, French (etc) fans will manage to make the short journey.

    After all, they get a good exchange rate (at the moment!).

  41. avatar
    daveoto | 16 May 2012 at 1:31 am #

    Dear Mr Anonymous 11.21am.

    Go crawl back under the rock you came scuttling from under, you scaly, reptilian, basking-on-a-rock-to-raise-his-body’s-vitamin-D-level nincompoop.


    home of so much original music & 50% birthplace of The Church.

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 May 2012 at 2:57 am #

    No, of course it’s not Church fans who’ll feel any loss of momentum due to the long gap between U23 and whenever/if ever there’s another church lp. It’s the fickle English music press, most of whom still can’t take anything out of Oz seriously except Nick Cave and the Go-Betweens – and the Go-Be’s themselves dont have anything like the respect they used to get. Any kind of feature in that hideous embarrassing uncle rag Mojo or pseud’s sheet Uncut would have to be definitive for it to make any in-roads with newbies. And how’s that going to happen in 4 or 5 pages? I fear it’ll just turn into a piece about why didnt the english get the church and there’ll be no consensus and they’ll stitch you up at the end anyway. Remember Melody Maker 1990 and their conclusion that the church sounded like ‘bounding kangaroos’ or some such? At this stage, Killa, can you really be arsed with giving them to opportunity to do it again?

    • avatar
      Steven Krut | 16 May 2012 at 9:53 am #

      When you talk about momentum, you’re talking about a game that much younger, trendier bands play with the English press – push out a new album, build on the buzz, fan the hype, tour non-stop, etc. The Church may be getting more positive comments in the British press, but they’re not going to become part of that hype machine again. The good reviews are not a wave that they have to catch like a surfer or they’ll miss it, it’s more a rising tide of respect. They’re at a point in their career where they’re being recognized as the legendary band that they are. It’s not dependent on them getting a new album out. When a new album does come out, though, it may very well garner more attention than previous releases did.

  43. avatar
    Steven Krut | 16 May 2012 at 3:42 am #

    It seems like the BBC should have an interest in broadcasting the Psychedelic Symphony video. Why not? It’s right up their alley and half The Church is British born. I wonder if anyone has offered it to them. That would probably gin up interest within England.

  44. avatar
    Ron Bonham | 16 May 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Well, I am in lil d seeing Spiritualzed tonite and Austin the next, they’re one of the great live acts I’ve seen since 92, got a feeling this is the last time I will be seeing J. Spaceman. Respect.

  45. avatar
    Once | 16 May 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Awe, lets face it…radio wants new and exciting stuff. Then again, the Church are perfectly capable of producing new and exciting stuff…the thing ya gotta ask is – do ya wanna wax commercial (which I am sure would be easy)…or stick to the heart of the band?? You know the formula, SK, and you’ve never used it…Milkyway was huge, yes – but NOT formulatic…

    It’s not the band that has issues, it’s the media…always has been.

    Do what feels right for you.

    I believe that the world will know…one day…


    • avatar
      Once | 16 May 2012 at 11:32 am #

      Then again – if you wanna make a quick cash grab…it’s easy…just put out a bit o’ grinding guitar and some screamo…that is ALL that is on the radio these days…BORING…

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 May 2012 at 11:30 am #

    10 multi-syllabic words are disappearing every day from English language usage…keep the flame alive people.

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 May 2012 at 11:31 am #

    @Steven Krut….British born and Aussie made, dude….

  48. avatar
    Crasher | 16 May 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    did u23 get a review in any of the english glossy mags when it came out ?
    i read uncut, mojo and the word fairly often…apart from the odd letter, i’ve never seen a solitary mention of the church for years.
    i remember a nice review of FY in uncut many moons ago, followed by a ridiculous 3 stars.
    admittedly, the mags are usually over a month old when i buy them off a recently docked banana boat for $10. otherwise, they cost around $20 for the newbies, sent airfreight.
    have a nice time in sweden steve.
    hope the church get to play in england, that’s where the transition began..with the beatles.

  49. avatar
    Ingrid | 16 May 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Hi SK, have a great and safe trip to Sweden. Yes you are the best band in the world!!! I was expecting you would be touring in summer. I am enjoying listening to Isadore and Earthed. Your music and poetry is what keeps us all going.

    Take care.


  50. avatar
    Ingrid | 16 May 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    Also can’t wait to see you and David Kenworthy’s art installation at The Rocks – exciting stuff!!!. I was wondering about it as you had mentioned it earlier this year (I think) in one of your blogs. Will get down there to see it one weekend while its on.

  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 May 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    I remember an nme review of a church gig in 1986 that said ‘the singer is the sort of boy that mums like’!

  52. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 May 2012 at 3:00 am #

    you know… there is no Church without Marty (or Tim or Peter or Steve). and though each member of the Church has their side gigs; i.e. – a delight to have seen Mr. Wilson-Piper with the MoonMaidens – he looked even lovelier surrounded by such lovelies… and it was an enjoyable evening, just different than going to see the Church, as the magic of the four of you together can’t be replaced/no substitutions! so keep doing it and keep doing it together. the thought of not is not a happy one.

  53. avatar
    akc1973 | 19 May 2012 at 10:16 am #

    hi steve i’ve never commented here but i would love a new church album. I’m in an alcohol detox ward listening to ‘anchorage’. I read of your hatred of alcohol. It’s brought me to my knees. Music gives me so much pleasure – please keep making it – you are a true genius – a term that is bandied around too much but is the truth in your case. Thank you!

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 19 May 2012 at 5:33 pm #

      i do hate alcohol
      its brought a lot of people to their knees
      fight the good fight my son
      and get out of there
      and live again!

  54. avatar
    hellbound heart | 21 May 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    keep that sweet sweet music coming sire!

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