posted on May 31, 2014 at 6:27 pm
spiritus sancti

spiritus sancti

i am the over achiever

i do everything at once

as i sit here now on early saturday night

i have 4 albums waiting in the wings

in various almost completed stages

every one of them will blow your mind i have no doubt

i sang all the songs on the new kil/ken album last week

our man martin came up with another groovy bunch of instrumentals

and your humble narrator wrote and sang

5 songs one day

6 songs the next

i can only say so far it sounds like you are everything part 2

building on foundations and moods and lyrical ideology

from that record and expanding it out even more…

of course then we have my record with frank kearns from ireland

finally finished after umpteen years across time and continents

modern faerie music for grey autumn days

this is one of the most warm organic soothing records

a big soft slow record

full of melody and melancholy

and sudden rays of diffused euphoric rapture

frank kearns is a dreamer

and hes dreamed up some dreamy guitar landscapes

for my voice and my bass to wander through

ready to be mixed …

then we have kilbey/hu dost

which is me and the sufi rockers from kentucky

here i have written bits and pieces of songs and music

and these guys have added jammed and augmented

its totally different to whatever has gone on before for me

jon anderson from yes sings and writes lyrics on one track which is a monster

the whole album is about to be soon mixed ..

finally of course we have further/deeper

being mixed and amended even as we speak

there are guys out there mixing away

further/deeper is its own cosmos

it picks up from U23 and it accelerates outwards

it contains big epic numbers

and it contains pure pop songs

templates of jingle jangle masters

it contains oddities and novelties

it contains some huge thumping things

it will surprise you baby oh i promise you that

meanwhile i am back into painting in a slight lull in events

feeling like the mana is flowing thru me again


i am doing some good work at the moment



63 Responses to “where it’s all at”

  1. avatar
    Chris | 31 May 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    benediximus vobis in psalmis spiritus sanctus

  2. avatar
    andy | 31 May 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    yer a grafter steve that’s f’sure!
    still a driven manne…
    and thank the gods for that.

  3. avatar
    G | 31 May 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come following you.
    Sounds great!

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 3 June 2014 at 1:50 am #

      ‘Jangle’ is a dirty word in the church house!

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        G | 7 June 2014 at 8:27 am #

        Why would that be?

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 8 June 2014 at 12:53 pm #

          Yes i wondered the same. im a bit illeriate when it comes to church terminology.

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    Anonymous | 31 May 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    I think I’m reading yr blog too much. I’m starting to dream about The Church band members . Peculiarly Strange. Where’s it at. Oddly it looked like a dorm. Close up – 2 beds parallel each other separated by a half wall where the height was perhaps 50-80cm from the top of the mattress. That enabled the occupants if sitting up to talk 2 each other, or lying down the voice would carry over. U Steven where in the bed on the left of the wall & Peter K was in the right. Whilst I lay above the covers, on the quilt that PK was half under. (& yes 2 any of u thinking it -i was fully clothed.) As u 2 chatted, I wondered what was going on & y PK had lilly white skin as 1 from a UK countryside more so than 1 who lives in a sunny queensland state.

    Should I b sharing this. Don’t know. But I did.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 2 June 2014 at 9:15 am #

      Uv gone mental in ur mindtank.

  5. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 1 June 2014 at 12:08 am #

    Go boy go

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    revgreene | 1 June 2014 at 4:23 am #

    All great stuff but especially nice to hear the Frank Kearns project has been resurrected – is this still titled The Coral Kingdom ? He’s well respected back in Ireland, running a rock school and his hard to find debut solo album Walking The Waves can be found (officially sanctioned free stream) on Youtube . Ps…. did Usher really track G Dulli down in Bondi (or so Greg says on a KEXP broadcast)

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      I am genuinely aghast at the thought! | 2 June 2014 at 8:37 pm #

      Well respected for running a rock school?
      Jesus, times have changed.
      Nothing against Frank as a bloke but if he’d tried that venture in the 80s, he’d’ve faced howling derision and pisstaking abuse at every turn – as would any little nerker vacuous enough to have enrolled at such a place.
      Rock school…the very idea makes me despair.
      But if that’s where today’s bedwetters learn their stuff, it might go some way to explaining the plod-by-numbers vapidity of young rock bands.
      Fuck’s sake.

      • avatar
        thetimebeing | 3 June 2014 at 1:06 pm #

        and what do you do for a quid mr hi-n-mighty?

      • avatar
        revgreene | 3 June 2014 at 4:40 pm #

        Best ban all organised activity then ! – no colleges , teams in sport etc. Ever seen the 2004 film Rock School ? ,Ever form a band cause you were lucky enough to be invited / cajoled by a like minded person willing to give it a go?, ever wonder how your life would be so different if you weren’t so lucky and remained that shy withdrawn adolescent who loved music but never thought they could play something themselves, ever spend ages scraping together to get a basic instrument and then spend all your spare cash buying replacement strings , heads etc , spend years freezing in a make-shift rehearsal room and playing to 2 men and a dog-… you probably have ! … and its all great character building stuff and I wouldn’t change a thing about my experiences back in the 80’s but there is another way and the world has moved on ! – kids today need to be encouraged in any way that gives them freedom to develop and sometimes a little early focus and meeting like minded musicians cant be a bad thing….then back to their own garage to rock on !

        • avatar
          thetimebeing | 3 June 2014 at 6:27 pm #

          whatever works for the guys concerned i am in favour of
          personally however i reckon figgering it out for yourself is probably the best thing

          • avatar
            Anonymous | 3 June 2014 at 7:07 pm #

            Exactly. Anyone think Peter Hook would’ve ever played bass like that if he’d been taught how to do it ‘properly’ in a formal environment? No ‘rock school’ will ever produce a Joy Division.

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          Anonymous | 3 June 2014 at 7:14 pm #

          I hear ya – but music isn’t college or sport, it’s far more elemental, no? I’ve not seen the 2004 film but I do remember the early 80s BBC tv series ‘Rock School’ and how it was cancelled because the target audience wouldn’t have anything to do with it and just mercilessly ripped the piss. Times clearly have changed – and young bands are far tamer and more formulaic. Coincidence?

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            revgreene | 4 June 2014 at 2:48 am #

            I agree that whatever route into music works should be encouraged – I was lucky to see Peter Hook appear at our local college supporting the creative arts dept. – its Hooky’s son on second bass and I bet he probably figured it out using what was lying about when his old man was on the road …nevertheless a chip off the old block – check it out on this link –

  7. avatar
    randompan | 1 June 2014 at 8:49 am #

    thank you SK.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 June 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    I guarantee you any breath that looks grey or green like that certainly aint holy. & I beleive would not be classified as the Holy Spirit. More like viper breath in my terms. Just as well I acknowledge yr pic as u blowing out tobacco smoke from the many earlier pics of a stick in yr mouth.

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 2 June 2014 at 4:21 pm #

      not holy ? me?

      • avatar
        Anonymous | 2 June 2014 at 7:02 pm #

        The question is still out on that.

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        I am genuinely aghast at the thought! | 2 June 2014 at 8:41 pm #

        Duality. The balance between the Appollonian and the Dionysian.
        Or, as you once said, the highest art and the lowest sleaze – fuck the mediocre middle.

  9. avatar
    andy | 2 June 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    mercator projection……….great!
    but no physical?
    not even for an olde reprobate like me?

  10. avatar
    John Garratt | 3 June 2014 at 12:42 am #

    Let me see if I have this right…you’re on an album with JON ANDERSON and a band from KENTUCKY?

    I have missed some shit.

  11. avatar
    revgreene | 3 June 2014 at 6:02 am #

    If any or all of the above match or surpass the pure aural pleasure of Mercator Projection, then we are in for a very special 2nd half of 2014

  12. avatar
    Steven Krut | 3 June 2014 at 7:15 am #

    So much to look forward to – even this afternoon since my Psychedelic Symphony DVD just arrived. Good times for Kilbey/Church fans. Hey, Steve, I stumbled upon this song on YT and I think it might have planted the seed for Space Oddity in Bowie’s head. The lyrics even are about a guy who goes into space and doesn’t want to come back. Check it out:

  13. avatar
    Bindi Bach | 3 June 2014 at 7:30 am #

    Mercator Projection – Space Bootleg – released 2nd June

    Just read about this on Hotel Womb. Seems it’s a live bootleg of ‘interpretations’ by The Church of songs by bands like Pink Floyd, Steve Harley, Hawkwind.

    There is a download available from:

    Perhaps SK can shed some more light on this?

    • avatar
      Your captain is dead! | 3 June 2014 at 9:20 pm #

      Some odd choices though – 7 By 7, Silver Machine? Oh well.
      How about Born To Go? How about Killa getting to grips with Calvert’s lyrics on Spirit of the Age or Uncle Sam’s On Mars? That’d be some serious spiral galaxy shit right there, yessir!

  14. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 3 June 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Aw no mental yaw woah man genteel all the way to parra dice (peat’s sake)

  15. avatar
    Gordon from Scotland | 4 June 2014 at 12:40 am #

    Hi Steve,
    I thought the recent interview with Paris was illuminating. He was obviously a fan coz he asked the kind of questions most of us would like answered. Even the heckler seemed knowledgeable. However I would pick you up on your remark about Hologram Of Baal. You were way way too harsh on that. With one or 2 exceptions the songs are fantastic, with the b sides great as well. One of my favourite albums. Also, I had a marathon Church listening session at the weekend and I was surprised at little bits of falsetto appearing where I hadn’t noticed before. Also discovered how much I love Tantalised in its reimagined form, also Till The Cows Come Home, pastiche or not.
    I always assume that anybody good knows your work, but you mentioned in the interview that Robyn didn’t know the words to one of your songs. Was Jon Anderson aware of The Church? Also, the live bootleg download, is this a possible feeler for future Church/solo live stuff becoming available? Here’s hoping.
    As always, take care

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 4 June 2014 at 7:43 am #

      glad you like hologram gordon
      robyn made up the words to panthalassic sea ….
      i dont know if jon anderson knows the church
      but jhes in on this hudost project at least
      the live bootleg download thing could definitely become a thing
      however the quality of mercator projection is quite superior…wouldnt you agree?

      • avatar
        Gordon from Scotland | 5 June 2014 at 3:02 am #

        Hi Steve,
        you know that I have not yet purchased the download, but will be sure to do so in the next few days. I look forward to hearing it.
        Thanks again for answering
        Take care

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 4 June 2014 at 8:42 pm #

      At least half of Hologram of Baal is classic stuff.

      • avatar
        Buffalo | 7 June 2014 at 5:00 am #

        WTF this supposed to mean? Hologram of Baal is one kick ass record that brought The Church back to the lime light! I consider it their “comeback” record! Still one of my favorites to this day and brings back so many memories from 1998 too!

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 7 June 2014 at 10:36 am #

          Steve thinks it’s shit.

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 June 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    R.I.P. Doc Neeson

  17. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 5 June 2014 at 10:30 am #

    A slightly presumptuous question… things change. Constantly. So… depends what you mean by getting any. Not right at this very moment no…Listen i wouldnt need the boar if my life depended on it. God alone is changeless. Difficult to comprehend tho yet… rationally i know he is always there.Oo

    • avatar
      Drought | 7 June 2014 at 5:11 am #

      You need rain soon! Hopefully it’s in your forecast! You can always consider being a Nun

  18. Kraig
    Kraig | 5 June 2014 at 10:39 am #

    Steve God Bless ya man and i know your real busy so i’ll try and make this shrot and sweet, and i love you and all you musical works lately, and I want to purchase the Mercator Projection, but have to tell ya i can’t purchase anything until I receive or hear what’s going on with my order #9630 placed in February this year?

    I’ve emailed Sam and You and you guys were kind enough to respond, but it seems its still not enough…i don’t want to be a pest, but I’m not hearing from anyone or if it got lost, was never sent, i heard from you and Sam once, but just wondering again if you guys heard from distributor or anything or what’s going on with that mysterious order that i placed in February 21st 2014?

    I was already charged for this I believe…just wondering where my physical items are: the Earthed Tote Bag, Red Vinyl Wilderness Years LP, and Whispers in the Static CD?

    I hate to post this to your blog but it’s possibly the best place both You and Sam will see this? Also when I log in to your site, it says Whispers In The Static is “back-ordered” and has said this since February but it doesn’t say that on your website anymore and looks restocked, just says this on my order #9630? Is this possibly screwing things up?

    Anything you guys can do would be nice, or just let me know who to contact and I’ll get it all sorted if you want me to? I don’t have a problem with that. Big Cheers and THANKS dude!

    • avatar
      Sam Mayfair | 5 June 2014 at 10:58 am #

      Dear Kraig, your items have been shipped out twice already, and we have no idea why they are not getting to you. I’m going to refund the money for the order items now. I’m sorry but we cannot send them out for a third time. Also Mercator Projection is a digital download, it is not a physical cd. Thank you, have a lovely day… and sorry again for the trouble. Please keep blog posts on track. Sam xx

      • Kraig
        Kraig | 5 June 2014 at 11:05 am #

        God Bless ya Sam! I feel horrible and don’t know why they’re not getting here? I’d love to find out what’s going on because i’d love to order in the future if needed. God i hope my Psychedelic Symphony CD and DVD get here too! Is there a way to track these things once they hit the States? You can delete this post if you want, sorry for getting off track. Thanks

  19. avatar
    Herman the German | 5 June 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    yeah, tragic news about Doc, a prince among men!

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    andy | 6 June 2014 at 2:26 am #

    ok, honest review of space bootleg………
    the first 10 mins or so are taken up by willie’s doodlings on his orgone accumulator or whatever. not very inspiring and you won’t be listening to it again in a hurry. at about 10.30 or so drums, bass and guitar finally emerge and we get a loose rendition of ‘careful with that axe eugene’…not particularly edifying I’m afraid.
    so I’m thinking ooh..err, is this why it’s download only?
    and then….bang! a superb rendition of ‘cortez’ followed by a blinding version of mats’ NOW wer’e cooking with gas, quickly we switch to hawkwind tribute band mode and tim thumps the living daylights out of his kit….
    deep purple get totally ‘put through the wringer’…MWP pulls out a stonking solo ala Richie blackmore and then the whole thing deconstructs into a crazy spacey tantalized…cool!
    a VERY atmospheric ‘ritz'(better than on mats..more driven and engaging)is followed by ‘set the controls’ which to be fair is ok, but is the closest thing all night to a straight reading of a well known piece.
    back to hawkwind-land for the last two songs and jolly decent they both are.
    ‘silver machine’ in particular is played with great joie d verve.
    the ghost of jimbo Morrison is channelled through our steve at one point and a little monologue about steve’s personal hero harry Houdini comes over rather well too.
    the sound levels are a little low in places and it’s not all as sharp as you would expect from a studio recording but all in all it’s sonically as good as any modern bootleg…in fact the stereo separation is bang on.
    there’s a few rough moments here ‘n there for sure…nothing really jarring though…I’d say it’s a truthful warts ‘n all document and none the worse for that.
    but skip the first 10 mins!

    • avatar
      uncle sam humanoid | 6 June 2014 at 7:19 pm #

      who the fuk wanted to cover deep purple?!

  21. avatar
    hellbound heart | 6 June 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    consider my mind as blown……

    love always…..

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 June 2014 at 11:31 pm #

    Wow just saw you on Steve says. I m not sure whether you are stoned or just getting a little confused. But your new teeth look good.

  23. avatar
    Chia Pet | 7 June 2014 at 5:06 am #

    Hey how come Mercator Projection and the other stuff like Jack Frost download and miscellaneous stuff under bandcamp link isn’t in the shop section? I missed a few things i wanted to download because of this. Think all downloads should be avail in the shop section so people maybe aware? Just FYI n Cheers!

  24. Kraig
    Kraig | 7 June 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    Thanks Steve! Just purchased and downloaded ‘Mercator Projection’! Looking forward to the freak-out session!

    Also wanted to add that I watched the interview with you on YouTube and was a really great interview! You were so enthusiastic and I loved watching it!

    YES! Wolfe one great song! My wife never heard your solo works until she met me and she absolutely loves the song! Here’s the interview if anyone wants to watch it and Cheers!

    Man I absolutely love the Beatles, can you believe I have a friend that hates The Beatles? What a dumbass, I mean, why and how? LOL

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 7 June 2014 at 1:52 pm #

      P.S. One great interview, Steve your looking great at your age, makes me think about going vegan or vegetarian and I’m the last person to even think it. You were so enthusiastic with energy, and your acoustics have never sounded better!? Absolutely love Tristesse, Wolfe, etc…and The Beatles…man SK and The Church absolutely blessed us with these treasures to listen to for a lifetime! Just wished I was there!

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 8 June 2014 at 12:35 pm #

      I hate the beatles. Why

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      Anonymous | 8 June 2014 at 1:00 pm #

      I never listened to SK solo works either. Until the death of GWM. Guess it was a calling. Jack Frost was a disc I sort out & was told to get what a came for. & so it was. I left that music store with item in hand & a few unpleasantries.

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    Kohl Ette | 8 June 2014 at 12:13 am #

    Alleluia Sydney is sub tropical. Thank you. Kind blessings.

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    Chris | 8 June 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    My humble amateur review of A Psychedelic Symphony:

    From the Metropolis opener, you know this is going to be a very special The Church experience. Almost With You has the quality of Beethoven’s pastoral symphony, with beautiful vocal harmonies. There is joy on Steve’s face right from the beginning and his voice is in top form. He is clearly on a musical high. Tim’s brilliance as a drummer is demonstrated. He is not just a drummer but a percussionist….I love his trademark delicate and precise syncopated fills….and I’ve never seen a drummer use a tambourine on cymbal. The drum kit is forward and well-lit, so he doesn’t appear, as so often happens, to be at the rear of the action. In fact, he seems central to it.

    Some rock band orchestra a shows don’t come off…others are too clinical…this is warm and intimate. Anchorage especially lends itself to the big orchestra sound…it comes across as majestic like the sea.Then Pangea…jazz rock sound…softly lulling you to travel to that conglomerate land mass reminiscent of Atlantis. The DVD shows great production with excellent mixing…great shifts of lighting from cool psychedelic blurred blue to warm clear red hues. Great camera work. Great editing. The military march intro arrangement to Unguarded is right on…then beautiful sweeping orchestral passages…the rendition of the song turns it from a reflective sardonic musical observation of people to an evocation of a wide landscape….Marty on tympanies! So cool! Then comes the classic Myyrh…one of the reasons why I first got into the church….warm, rich, varied, psychedelic, changes of tempo and pitch….brilliant solo by Marty on a rickenbacher. I love that bass refrain…”privilege, on privilege.”

    Peter’s melodic voice on Never Before is superb, and reminiscent of Pink Floyd and Yes vocals. This track especially puts The Church in the pantheon of great psychedelic rock bands.This DVD perfectly illustrates why Steve’s music is in the same league as the great composers…Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Vaughan Williams…rich, complex, sweeping, epic, an amazing array of emotional moods and tones, varied movements and passages like any great concerto. Grind particularly illustrates this. Peter’s Greek background comes though occasionally with bazouki- style plucked and strummed passages, mirrored by Marty. Pete is such a creative and talented guitarist, and it shows clearly in this concert. George Ellis’ personal enjoyment and appreciation of The Church’s music shines through the whole concert with his energetic and passionate conducting. If these are his orchestral arrangements of the songs, they’re spot on and brilliant. Good one George! ( George in macho tank-top for second half…very Bondi bro!)

    Happy Hunting Ground, of course, lends itself perfectly to an orchestral setting….this piece always moves me to tears. I remember driving through Virginia after seeing the Native American Museum in Washington…an American eagle circled high above us in a clear blue sky…and I imagined groups of chamois-clad, black-haired braves making their way through the forest on either side of the highway…where are they now? Gone to the happy hunting ground….this is a near perfect rendition and displays these gifted classical musos at their best…a highlight for me. Ripple rocks as usual. Reptile….bang on! Again, Marty’s solo arpeggios are frickin amazing! Again, the orchestra melds perfectly. The disciplined and long rehearsals show. Two Places at Once is perfect, Marty and Steve’s voices blending so well. The orchestra is big and rich here, underpinning everything superbly….great arrangement. Love the way Marty sings that sliding “so bli..ah…ah..ah…nd!” This track displays classical concerto-style movements of light and shade…forte and piano.

    Steve lets it loose in The Disillusionist and dances around the stage like the magician in Petrushka…cool! Discordant and dark…this song always unnerves me…this rendition especially so. Steve’s closing breathy solo gesprachsang is eerie….

    Spark…I gotta say this is the best rendition of Spark I have ever heard. I have never particularly connected with the song, but now I love it! In fact, this is a highlight track…Marty’s vocals are bang on…melodic cool! On Angel Street is that classic melancholic mood redolent of single person rainy days in Melbourne or Sydney…grey streets, grey skies, grey heart….I keep thinking of dance to this in front of Steve…a couple in a dance of love…’entwining’ and ‘rejecting’….alternating. Peter’s guitar work is moody and brilliant. Kinda sad surf-rock. Dave Gilmour eat ya heart out. Steve’s solid bass work underpins the whole thing as usual…thrumming, complex and blending perfectly with everything above it. Under the Milky Way is great. The orchestral break here is spot on…lively and joyous. The great digital sound of the DVD is especially in evidence here.

    2 great finishers….Space Saviour and Tantalized. Space Saviour blitzes it! Nuff said. Steve is sweaty and tired but still grinning like a schoolboy. Rock On! 15 out of 10! Tantalized…what can I say…Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Black Sabbath…eat ya hearts out boys! A guitar classic!

    The is in my personal top ten live rock videos of all time and is gonna get worn out on my player…whenever I’m down it’s especially gonna be my ‘go to’! Class music…no gimmicks. The Church fans…this is a definitive ‘must have’ for us…gold!

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      thetimebeing | 8 June 2014 at 5:02 pm #

      thanks chris
      im ver proud of this dvd

      • avatar
        Chris | 8 June 2014 at 7:20 pm #

        Deservedly so maestro…it’s superb! What a fantastic record of the band with no waning of energy or talent showing at all.

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    Chris | 8 June 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    (btw…Peter Koppes has no Greek background folks…my bad!)

  28. avatar
    Rebecca1KS | 10 July 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    “4 albums” in the works? Um, yeah: I’d say you’re the consummate “over achiever.” Kudos!

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