posted on June 9, 2009 at 6:09 pm

rehearsal is a drag
ringing ears
goes slow
eat unhealthy rubbish
laze around feeling ‘orrible
rehearsing in king louis 14ths studio
somewhere in the middle of nowhere
no phone
no net
no nothin’
lotsa noise
my eye blurry still
yes the creme n machine did work
but my tragic old face back to norbal now
off to rehearse again
feel unsafe on the road
the construction is grinding away as we speak
(same as it ever was)
peace n quiet elude me
jet lagged n with a cold
i feel miserable
i hate holiday inns
i hate touring
i hate waiting
i hate the noise
i hate my fucking shelf
(my id keeps falling off it)
eager to r0cknrollo
but all the rest bores my well toned ass off
miss my pool
miss my fam
miss my indy-pendants
what a moaner, lisa…!
seems a long way from rnr heaven
driving around
waiting around
the weather is rather chilli for summer
my feat are cold
my cold is in my knows
i’m lonely and tired n hungry
blah blah blag
feel sorry for me
feel very sorry for me
or whatever
you wanna piece of olde sk?
coming soon to a venue neer you
with love!

37 Responses to “very quick one”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    Being a keen swimmer myself I know what it's like to miss the pool, and the endorphin rush from a good few lengths.

    Whay not make it a mission to try and find a new pool in each town/city you visit? Breaks up the day, and might help to get your mood up?. Better than just getting bored, pished or stoned, eh?

  2. avatar
    Marathon | 9 June 2009 at 6:35 pm #

    I hate that touring puts you through such an unpleasant experience, and that all seems like a valid reaction to the process. At the same time, I'm thrilled and thankful that you do it. Do I need you crawl through the much for my entertainment? Not if I really care about you as a person. But you're doing it, and I'll play my role as the eager audient. My job's easier. Get well, and do enjoy what you can during your travels. See you in Chicago.

  3. avatar
    Cee | 9 June 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    Sounds dismal…thanks for putting up with all the crap just for us.
    Come and fly a kite with me on the 13th, what say you?

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2009 at 6:46 pm #

    He is Alpha and Omega
    Thud staff purveyor
    A vintage Fender Bass Man
    With tender slight of hand
    The thunder down under
    Virgo brother
    The Lord of Low
    Undertaker of undulation

    Soothe our unworthy shores
    With your sonic omnibenevolence

  5. avatar
    Melquiades | 9 June 2009 at 7:16 pm #

    A truly sincere welcome back to the promised land with your tired, magnificent self. slag off the lag and rock n roll, baby!

    can't wait for my transdimensional tickets (oh wait, they're on will call, nevermind) Did you know they now charge extra for picking up the transdimensional added service?

  6. avatar
    davem | 9 June 2009 at 7:16 pm #

    I can imagine all the waiting around is dull. We are always hugely grateful when you visit though. It's the highlight of a year (or two or effing three).
    Love you lots.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    Awwww, cheer up Steve. We'll take good care of you while you're in Cali. See you tomorrow night.


  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    Yer fooking kewl, SK. Geezer genius needs a smokey-smoke, all will be OK. Yep the weather in Calif. sux right now, supposed to be summer but it's hella cold n'gloomy. Transcend and rock. See you Fri.

  9. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 9 June 2009 at 7:59 pm #

    hell yeah we want a piece of you, I would like to tear you a new asshole for starters…lol
    Jonny Not Touring

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2009 at 8:22 pm #

    Buck up little camper. you are here on a mission. To spread good vibes and sweet sounds throughout our land. Seattle awaits the arrival of the real deal!

    I hope things get better on the long rock journey ahead. Things could be worse. Thank God you are not in Journey on a long rock journey. Think how awful you would feel in a mesh t shirt and leather pants while singing "Wheel In The Sky".


  11. avatar
    Jason | 9 June 2009 at 8:44 pm #

    Cheer up Steve, your fans will make you feel better. I travel for work only one week at a time and I miss my family, for you it is ten fold so I feel for you and them. Too bad you could not bring them along to go sight seeing though I am sure that would get expensive. How is the setlist coming along, very excited two more weeks and you will be here in sunny Michigan.

    Have fun!


  12. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 9 June 2009 at 9:09 pm #

    The Church has a respectable US fanbase and I just hope that enough of the fans even know you guys are in the States. Newspapers and magazines are struggling and laying off writers from Arts and Music sections.

  13. avatar
    m.p.k | 9 June 2009 at 9:22 pm #

    It's all just Maya Steve… Sending you much love.

  14. avatar
    the dean | 9 June 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    tonight you'll be rockin' – savour every bit

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2009 at 9:39 pm #

    SK, if you want to swim while you're in Seattle here's a nice pool for you:

    You would enjoy it!

  16. avatar
    fantasticandy | 9 June 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    youv'e never actually enjoyed touring have you?
    your'e a bloody good soldier steve..
    bloody good.

  17. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 9 June 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    …sounds like a fucking drag, steve….just wait until you and the boys are on stage and the ol' mojo starts kicking in…..then you'll remember why you're doing this….

    love always….

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2009 at 11:26 pm #

    Did you just brag about your ass? LOL. See you in the suburbs of Massachusetts.

  19. avatar
    Celticat | 9 June 2009 at 11:28 pm #

    All the very besty for a great tour.

    Look after your self and the crunchies


  20. avatar
    PAGEY | 9 June 2009 at 11:32 pm #

    If only our lives were as exciting. we pay you all this money ( i know it ain't huge much in gross but individually we pay it man,) and we expect the truth. And you deliver it! Thanks for never ever faking it. You are the truth serum man. Luv ya…..

  21. avatar
    DbV | 9 June 2009 at 11:39 pm #

    Your pain is our pleasure. See you at Slim's SF in well-rehearsed mode.
    Love the new stuff, especially the Martin Kennedy collab.
    Saw you in Missoula, MT, 1989. High spot in college years.

  22. avatar
    subcultureofone | 10 June 2009 at 12:36 am #

    i hope you feel better soon. here's a virtual hug:

  23. avatar
    ed in fl | 10 June 2009 at 12:47 am #

    ah – the life of a rock'n'roll star! Not all glamour like it's protrayed in the movies. Thanks for putting it down in such an enlightening and entertaining read. Wish you were coming south!

    Ed in fla

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 June 2009 at 1:02 am #

    Come on old cock, chin up and all that. Why dontcha get a supply of good food, get a little esky sk, fill it with tasty healthy treats. jeeze i know you don't need a lecture, but man it's only the start of a long run of hurrying up to wait.
    surround yr self with groovy stuff, as much as possible. guess there is no escaping the the other druids in the stinky re hersal space… I recomend you get yr self a good book, try 'My family and other animals' by gerald Durrell, a penguin classic, although it will make you miss yr fambly.. OK i do feel sorry for you.. chin up old cock.

  25. avatar
    CSTCoach | 10 June 2009 at 2:01 am #

    So much of travel is like that, don't ya think? Loneliness, hardship, misery… But the things it can teach you make it all worthwhile.

    Once the rock gods take hold of you, it'll all be alright (on the nite)…

    "feel sorry for me
    feel very sorry for me"

    LOL – not a chance.

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 June 2009 at 2:47 am #

    Glad you made it there safely.
    Tis one thing you have in common with every other band the necessary rehearsal drag, but it will be worth it, all those fans are gonna be blown away. Hope you have plenty of merch over there to keep up with the demand.

    Good luck for the first gig, may it be the start of your best ever tour.

    Hope the eye is slowly getting better, these things do take time,
    wear your sunnies and eye patch if it helps at all, hope your cold goes quickly. 12 degrees here today in Sydney town, the winter chill has arrived, but at least the sun is shining.

    Peace & love

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 June 2009 at 2:55 am #

    Hi Steve –
    Portlandia will welcome you & the band with open arms on Sunday!


  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 June 2009 at 3:04 am #

    Hi Steve,

    We're really looking forward to the show in San Francisco as we hope you are as well.

    You sound pretty miserable and I hope that feeling vanishes once you get out and unleash those amazing new songs.

    I think you don't realize though that the fans have given you the latitude to play pretty much whatever you guys want. No need for 'that song' as just about everyone at the shows is a long-time fan.

    Honestly, the fans would not care if you played b-sides, covers, rarities or just jammed for a while. What I'm trying to tell you is that you've got the best bunch of fans any musician could ask for because we've given you the license, long ago, to do whatever you want. We don't demand the hits and buy the albums trusting whatever direction you guys take is going to be interesting.

    You've got a sort of patronage with us so play whatever makes you happy. Just be happy that you can play what you enjoy and we'll end up feeling the same instead of smiling through clenched teeth knowing you don't want to be there or play 'that song.'

    We have no expectations other than you will present your art in the way you think it is best served so knock yourself out!

    So please, don't be down on touring. Sounds like 99% boredom with 1% excitement during the actual show but I'm sure any of us would gladly trade our crummy, ordinary lives for that of a modern day troubadour.

    See you in S.F. Take care,

    Jeff and Lilian

  29. avatar
    kyle farley | 10 June 2009 at 3:05 am #

    Mr. Kilbey,

    I don't know how you ever did it in the 1st place, except you are the definition of what it is to "fight through the pain"! You will find strength! We had another Quake today! The 4th in 7 Days! Not California by any stretch! LOVE!

  30. avatar
    Mary | 10 June 2009 at 3:26 am #

    i know you feel so far away from your family, but soon you will be with them, i know the feeling, i hate being away from my husband, it sux, hope you feel better, lots of hugs,

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 June 2009 at 5:01 am #

    Hope things get better soon sk, especially the eye.

    Lady Di

  32. avatar | 10 June 2009 at 5:21 am #

    First saw you Oh so many years ago in Melbourne
    Oh of Skins and Heart Signed Album graces my wall of Music
    I will be bring my kids to the Jun 21st show in Minneapolis, so a new generation can see you live and enjoy your music. Have everyone of your albums a lot in vinyl.
    The US is not so bad, just glad we get to see you again
    If you would like to have a home cooked meal let me know and you and the band can stop by

  33. avatar
    eek | 10 June 2009 at 6:47 am #

    I always hate trying to function with a cold. When I feel like shit I just can't get motivated. Hope you feel better soon. …well, at least by the time you get to my shows. 😉

  34. avatar
    linjo | 10 June 2009 at 8:08 am #

    Awww baybee, where's the glamma? limo's, moet, coke and parties at old Hugh's mansion and botox parties with Mickey Rourke?
    Anyway, NK prob told you bloody freezin over here so lap up the sunshine and make heaps of bucks. Congratulations on all the brilliant reviews for #23 Steve, you guys gotta be happy! Hope the shows goes well and you feeling better soon. Linda

  35. avatar
    glynnisjohns | 10 June 2009 at 8:30 am #

    I'm sorry about that,
    look at it this way if you will…
    i am going to be putting in laminate flooring all day until an hour before the show.

    laminate flooring.

    that's all i got captain.

    see you tomorrow with bells and what not.


  36. avatar
    Richard | 10 June 2009 at 11:25 am #

    fifth member for US tour

  37. avatar
    Freddie | 10 June 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    My heart goes out to you m’Lord.
    Today’s the 10th : you’ll be rockin’ and rollin’ soon!
    And it sounds as if the folks there on the west coast
    are poised to take good care of ya. 🙂
    Hope you feel better soon.

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