posted on May 3, 2009 at 9:20 pm

did vegan expo yessaday
petersham town hall
petersham…its like another city altogether
was feeling a bit hungover after big fri n sat nights
but was nice to drive across syd on sunny sunday afternoon
(sans kidds)
god sydney is a big place
what a beautiful beautiful city
the harbour with its yachts
the winding boulevards
the cafes and people
nice to just sit in a cab and look at it all
after a while we come to petersham
go in town hall
about 3 hundred people milling about
gee theres some delicious food there
i have some gluten thingies on a stick with peanut sauce
i have one of lorens delicious wonder burgers
ooh i hate those dry crumbly veggie burgers
a veggie burger n chips is one of my faves
so i’m a bit of an expert
lorens wonderburgers are the rreal deal
mmm…juicy chewy n everything
i do my gig
whoever the guy on before me was
he blue me off stage
some dr some bigwig in the vegan circles
i play to a smallish disinterested crowd
i am unconvincing as speaker or player
the force is just not with me
its a bright noisy townhall
full of people buying vegan socks or whatever
i just cant turn on any magic
when i come offstage
some little idiot is following my wife around
muttering things like
“see anything you like…?”
“oh now your “boyfriends” back, isnt he”
he even followed her around as she strolled about with me
a furtive little ne’er-do-well
i gave him a serious searching frown n he desisted
yeah well that was it really
some nice ‘ippie gave us some goodies
we split out into a sunshiny day
walked for a while enjoying this strange part of town
come home
all quiet
have a nap
earlyish night
do some painting

17 Responses to “vegan expo lowdown”

  1. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 3 May 2009 at 11:03 pm #

    It’s still great that you gave the effort to support the vegan festival. It makes it hard when you don’t have an animal rights or vegan song to play as an anthem. Chrissie Hynde’s got “Hold A Candle To This”. Moz has “Meat Is Murder” and MACCA has “Looking For Changes.” You and most other vegan rockers don’t make a religion out of it like zealots that include i.

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    Richard | 4 May 2009 at 12:01 am #

    the force cannot have completely deserted you

    poor bugger is probably still wandering around Petersham in a daze

    just make sure you only deploy the SSF for niceness and not evil

    Not a religion

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    Brien Comerford | 4 May 2009 at 2:23 am #

    I wish I had some musical talent so I could play at an animal rights event in Chicago. Most of my experiences with animal rights vegans is not good. Many of them support abortion and I opppose it. Throw alcohol in the mix and the bilateral bickering gets ugly.

    Finally saw “The Wrestler” tonight. Nice job by Mickey Rourke. Likewise Josh Brolin was great in “W”.

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    Anonymous | 4 May 2009 at 2:55 am #

    Just checking this evening’s “to do” list, and what’s #1 but “write to SK”!

    And I will continue the showering of praise: MANY, MANY, MANY THANKS AGAIN for being so kind, gracious, talkative, jovial and informative (and countless other supportive adjectives that you may choose to insert here) to all of us who had the golden opportunity to talk with you in Pittsburgh on Friday evening for the reception at the Pgh Tech Council! Due to the powers of technology, you were more than a pleasant voice beaming through on Kim’s trusty laptop – your spirit truly filled the air all around us! Too bad your cordless phone was running out of juice, otherwise I’m sure we would’ve had you on the horn ’til around midnight! 🙂 Not to sound heavy-handed or gushing: it was truly an amazing experience that in my humble opinion, will undoubtedly stay embedded in the fabric of my creative being long, long into the future…no joking!

    I also wanted to extend a million thanks again to Kim and Holly at the Tech Council for making this once in a lifetime event happen. Ladies, you are the best hostesses we could’ve ever have asked for!!! And yummy snacks and beverages as well!

    Steve, I may have wanted to mention this on Friday night but didn’t get the chance: I completely understand the pros and cons of using pastels, or any medium for that matter! They’re unbelievably messy due to the dust (as you mentioned, you could potentially get asthma from breathing that stuff in!), but I must admit, the results are always gorgeous! And have you ever tried watercolors or oils? Both are much different than pastels because they require an array of brushes and cleaning agents. Don’t ever NOT clean up after using oil or you’ll end up with a rock for a brush! However, I think you may like the transparent results of watercolor and cleaning up is a breeze! Oils are much more painstaking and take a while to dry, but blending the paint is effortless and the depth of the colors is magical! Unfortunately, fast-drying acrylics have never really been my cup of painting tea so I can’t comment on that. 🙂

    Again, danke, muchas gracias, merci beaucoup and mercy buckets, too! The “So Love May Find Us” tour patiently awaits us as you will be guaranteed to appear in actual person…! Much love, Jonna

  5. avatar
    Freddie | 4 May 2009 at 3:33 am #

    You must be storing that magic up for the upcoming tour 🙂

  6. avatar
    Jerry J. | 4 May 2009 at 3:46 am #

    I know an excellent cafe that serves the BEST black-bean garden burger next time you’re in Atlanta. Called “The Flying Biscuit,” not far from where the band played last (Variety Playhouse).


  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 May 2009 at 8:12 am #

    It’s a dull and cruel pain
    That passes the ages unaltered
    I still feel disemboweled

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    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 4 May 2009 at 8:35 am #

    Mmmm, I love veggie burgers. I often go to this place called The Laundromat Café in Copenhagen to work (yes, you can do your laundry there, too), and they serve a delicious veggie burger. Now my mouth is watering.

  9. avatar
    eek | 4 May 2009 at 9:09 am #

    While I think the format of these events isn’t particularly conducive to your performance, I’m sure your contribution is greatly appreciated.

    some little idiot is following my wife around

    Every group has it’s creepy types.

    i gave him a serious searching frown

    Yikes! You used the Steve Kilbey Death Glare on him? I think that would send most of us scurrying off with our tails between our legs. I know I wouldn’t want that look aimed in my direction!

  10. avatar
    princey | 4 May 2009 at 10:38 am #

    I couldn’t think of anything worse than some creepy person following ya ’round a vegan festival…sheesh get a life!

    Been looking close-up at that painting, it’s gorgeous sk.
    love amanda

  11. avatar
    lily was here | 4 May 2009 at 10:38 am #

    Ah, you gave that guy the Kilbey stare?! 🙂

    I dont think yesterday’s painting was there when I logged on!! but I love the carnival of colours in the background; similar to how i picture the festivity of colours at the vegan expo.


    ps a good little site for anyone needing ideas : His recipes look mouth watering.

  12. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 4 May 2009 at 11:49 am #

    ….glad i wasn’t the only one waking up to a rather grainy sunday morning… up, had a quick cuppa and a coupla headache pills and went back to bed and threw a pillow over my face until the queasy headache subsided…..and i ain’t saying that i’ll never do it again because i know i will….
    love always….

  13. avatar
    Altres | 4 May 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    Cobalt Blue

    I thought of Painkiller in the first fifteen seconds but was transported with the guitar instantly. Beautiful, and enticing, an amazing opener. Sounding like a wet summer field with life exploding everywhere. The lyrics are subtle and Steve delivers them like it’s what his throat grew for.

    Classic Church. If those bed-wetters, Coldplay, had this as their opening track with Eno producing, they’d still f*cking blow it ‘cause they’re useless. Here it sounds like essence, and already developed and written 500 years before delivery. The guitar bit towards at the three minute mark comes in tentatively in answered whispers, but then bursts with energy of cosmic proportions, coiled and sublime. Sounds like a glass plectrum springing through a valve, with shards splintering along the edge of each string scrape. Not only does it fill my head with light but it could still have been written in fifty years time.

    Dead Man’s Hand

    I don’t know how to say this, but I think I’ve been there before. On the way to something, sometime, somewhere. When I listen to this I want to put my head back. It reminds me of the eternal cyclic nature of living. God, it sucks me in. A tapestry of guitar clusters with mesmerising lyrics keeping them focused in a blurring. Deeply enticing, and darkly real. The horrors of Iraq somehow form. More cowbell?


    Sublime, and simple in its own complexity. A chance to open the curtains, throw the windows wide and let the sunlight flood in. The whole world compressed into one song. I wonder if when the world was young there was only land, no sea. The world has grown since then and the cracks filled with tears. We’re still melting the ice. The strings melt me.


    This is an incredibly mature song, in all senses. It sounds as though it could have been recorded any time in the last 40 years. Wonderful, and as deeply forlorn as a gale e-blowed through a winter forest. It’s already one of my favourite Church songs ever. This whole album just seems to inhabit its own multi-verse and it is very difficult to consider comparisons.

    Space Saviour

    The Johnny Reggae style guitar intro gives no clue as to waves of pure joy to follow. If Spiritualized were as good as they once promised to be, this would be their greatest song ever. They say Jason Pierce has the dreamiest eyes in pop, Steve has the most piercing in eye popping dreams. An absolute stone cold classic that should be blasting out of every speaker everywhere worldwide. What the fuck are people thinking about? Sexy boots?

    On Angel Street

    A car horn repeats as if going off with a corpse leaning against it. The words arrive and they are frozen and hollow. More wind worn than even Happenstance, the cracks are appearing and bursting under the strain of regret. The backwards guitar signals the arrival of a squall, somewhere out beyond the mistral. One of the saddest and most beautiful songs ever conceived. Truly breathtaking.

    Sunken Sun

    The sun always seems more incandescent after a storm, much more butter-milked and honeyed. This sun is as bright as a thousand serpentine flares meandering around a star going nova. I feel renewed just listening to it.


    One of the most infectious and hopeful tracks on the entire release, complete with a chorus that just weaves and twists through my head all day. This track alone is worth the cost of the entire disk. This track is discursive yet concise and a wonderful example of amazing song writing.


    A genuinely strange and elusive track, like a forgotten bottle of wine lost in a cellar somewhere, waiting to be consumed. The dramatic change midway is incredible, really majestic and sweeping.


    Without a doubt the finest closing song on a Church album ever and I’m including Summer from Forget Yourself here. When the trumpet arrived at 3:19 I felt like I was back in the summer of 68, and I seriously welled up like a balloon. All those years, tears and fears came through so clear.

    I could kiss each memeber of the band for bringing this music to life and would like to thank them from the bottom of my heart.

    Best Church album………period. Whaqt an amazing few years to be a fan of this band.


  14. avatar
    fantasticandy | 4 May 2009 at 1:45 pm #

    i’m a big fan of these ‘pointless’
    they’re so cool.
    mere observation.
    loved the the bit where you put the hex on the miscreant!

  15. avatar
    John Garratt | 4 May 2009 at 4:19 pm #

    Perhaps a vegan-themed puppet show will get people’s attention.

    “Let go of my udder, farmer Brown!”

  16. avatar
    Cee | 4 May 2009 at 4:43 pm #

    nice ‘ippies know where it’s at.
    Love the painting on previous post!
    Y’all up for some magic cake in San Francisco?

  17. avatar
    catchow | 4 May 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    you can’t help it,Steve,don’t worry,traders and shops and noisy townhall (even vegan)are not the right place to create magic while on stage…
    i do like your”serious searching
    frown”you gave to this guy!!!! you did right! i wish i could have seen that!!

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