posted on June 28, 2009 at 6:42 pm

pittsburgh…..
yeah…i remember…uh…pittsburgh
i do my second yoga session in a corridor outside an office
its warm
the theatre is olde and funky
the vibe is cool n laidback n easy
i guess about 200 people
but guess what
they really like us
they are very appreciative
they really seem to love what we’re doing
but for fucks sake
we are one of the best bands in the world
we are underappreciated
and now 200 folks have just stumbled upon us
here in PA
down in a run down theatre in boho-ville
but when we start to play
all bets are off
the sheer inexorability of our sound
when unleashed full throttle….
i dance about but in truth weariness gnaws at my bones
i still try my hardest but occaisionally find myself drifting off
i think about some daydream
and when i come back ive missed chunks of the song
i strive to be in the here n now
but the combination of internal and external proclivities
always produces a mild confusion in me
everything thats happened to me lately bewilders me
coincidences sinkron-icities
nightmares and visions
i am now where no one else much has gone
my combo of attributes and failings
my triumphs n despairs
my big mouth and hard heart
yeah all of that n more
pittsburgh…yeah…i really enjoyed playing there
we jump offstage before encore
a door opens
ive gone from being onstage playing at a million decibels
to being out on a crowdy boho street smoking mother nature
people drift past like in a lucid dream
i puff n drift
my reality moorings are further loosened
back onstage for some more music
i pluck my bass
i sing my words
it seems i can do no wrong
it all just happens
like driving a car
the music embedded in me by now
it just rolls out like a tap turned on
plucking the bass so easy to do
yoga helps me
yoga got me loose limbed like a goose
yoga suggests things
yoga says jump around if yer happy
rock to the east
rock to the west
stay still
yeah suddenly people are interested in yoga
you can see the proof in me
not because i am extraordinary
but because i persevered and i got the results
and i can bend around like an 18 year old
and boy does it feel good
the yoga is getting me in tune with everything else
dont ask me how it works but it works
it may take years but it works
eventually
its hard work
and the more you need it the harder it is
if you wanna grow young again just do yoga every day
you cant learn yoga from a video
you need classes
and practice it day in day out
the more you do
the quicker you approach some lovely state of grace…
yeah
last nights hotel had a horrible smell
a strange antiseptic smell that had gone off somehow
oh my word it was verily a nasty pong
and could i get the internet to work
could i like hell….
red roof inn…you have been warned
young craigie is playing up a storm with both bands
and charming the locals with his aussie accent
and it will be hard to ever play without the keys again
hes a very amenable chap and always seems to be “up” to something
i feel sure sooner or later he will be snapped up
by a big band
or by a cougar
or by his own success
one can never tell
gary and kerry watching on from cambelltown
we salute you
young craigie is doing quite well
i’m sure goodness and mercy
will follow him all the days of his life
a valuable utility player….for the time being…
the adam franklin guys are great guys
and im loving listening to em more n more every night
we are quite complimentary to each other
theres some great guitar moments in adams set
its unique stuff
now ive driven 4 n half hours to get to falls creek virginia
which is a suburb of washington dc kinda
its close to a loada places
lovely venue
weve presold maybe 300 tickets
boy
signing stuff aftershow is doing my head in
whatever i do or say i feel stupid
its such an awkward situation
i never thought people would fucking venerate us
its a weird feeling to suddenly be me
some old underappreciated n venerated dude
like im confucious or something
the venerable bead
but fuck it all i’m nearly 55
i guess i am arrived at an age of veneration
but this is confusing too
i have not prepared for my role
i dont know how or who to be
sometimes i try to be real
but what is real to someone doing this
long long drives
everynight in a different bed
loud music
adoring crowds albeit smallish ones
people shaking your hand
people telling ya yer great
nice people too
educated people
cool people and uncool people
suave and naive
young n old
boy they like their church
i just gotta smile
and count my blessings
and dont worry I DO
i ring up nk at 2 in morning
she and girls in centennial park sydney
daddy …says scarlet
we’re feeding the ducks and the eels…
in my nasty smelling room alone in the night
i can imagine
how nice it would be…
gonna hit the mat for an hour
hang in there you would be yogis
persist like yer life depends on it
and
in some ways
it does

52 Responses to “you are now entering Unreality (pop 1)”

  1. avatar
    Mary | 28 June 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    aww thats so sweet, i bet you really miss your girls, your family means so much to you, i so appreciate it, and the way you must look when you write about them, makes me want to cry cause i could only imagine, you will be seeing them very soon, just hang in there! your the best daddy and husband in the world, and the the best musician and inspirer to us and dont you ever forget that and dont ever let idiots that get on here just to let you down make you feel anything less, we love you Steve

  2. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 28 June 2009 at 9:22 pm #

    just think, only 11 more venues and you're done, so love may find us here in this house one day very soon okay esskay…
    Jonny

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 June 2009 at 9:32 pm #

    SK, I have taken up where you left off doing yoga in the studio room, as the Bondi winter prevents me from practicing on the balcony. I look forward to it, and know how calm and strong it makes me feel. I am so much more comfortable within myself when I have been doing yoga. Although I have always found you quite an incredible man,
    it has been amazing to watch you transform yourself . You are getting better and better, becoming more and more yourself with each passing day, and each practice.
    I just can't say enough about yoga . It changes everything for the better. SK works very hard at it, but let me tell you the benefits are so worth it. I am a very happy wife indeed.
    Love, NK

  4. avatar
    Paige | 28 June 2009 at 9:46 pm #

    We are driving I95 trying to "reach the church on time". All 3 kiddos, mom & dad in ye olde Odyssey. You guys are the start of our vacation. Can't wait to hear your lovely sounds! IF we make it in time!

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 June 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    You are one of the best bands in the world. Fact.

    Under appreciated. Fact.

    Some may have stumbled upon your band last night. I was not one of them. I have been waiting with unquenchable anticipation for many years for a chance to stand near the stage and sway to your intoxicating voice, as well as the rest of the band's melodic masterpieces.

    There may have been only 200 or so of us last night, but I'm certain that all 200 of us were very appreciative that you showed up in boho-ville in a run down theater. I'll remember the intimate experience that was last night more than I would have a large venue in a second.

    Thank you.
    Karyn

  6. avatar
    princey | 28 June 2009 at 10:58 pm #

    Hey sk, you always sound so surprised that the people at your shows actually love and appreciate The Church, of course they do!, why else would they be there????!!!

    I predict July 1st, will be the BEST show you'll do on this tour, I know that venue must hold a special place in your heart, where it all began….:))))

    Gorgeous photo too, but you have a lost, homesick kinda look about you sk, hope you'll be ok.

  7. avatar
    A.M. | 28 June 2009 at 11:00 pm #

    One thing for sure, this year I'm definitely gettin' back to yoga.

    Thanks for the reminders, SK.

    p.s.: My 4-year-old daughter is yanking on arm, pointing to your latest pic and asking, "Who's that, momma. Who's that?"

  8. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 28 June 2009 at 11:10 pm #

    Oh, I'm certainly not just going to watch a video or read a book on yoga. I intend to take yoga classes and learn how to do it correctly. I really want to improve my energy level, as it's not quite what it used to be.

  9. avatar
    Mary | 28 June 2009 at 11:25 pm #

    NK, he got me convinced to start yoga, look at him? he looks great, so inspiring, and what must you look like if your doing it too? i could only imagine, i just turned 35 and i feel 80, its about time i do something with myself, i know u must be proud of your hubby, he is the greatest, and he cant wait to come home to you guys!!

  10. avatar
    the dean | 28 June 2009 at 11:44 pm #

    the sun rises about the hills into a blue winter sky,
    stirring breeze disolves the mist and wood fires,
    cold but not bitter,
    the promise of another day in the sun.

  11. avatar
    cyndi | 28 June 2009 at 11:45 pm #

    I was one of the lucky 200 last night. Will never tire seeing you guys LIVE. Please come back to Pittsburgh again, it really is an interesting place.
    Stay well and be safe, Steve. With love to you and your amazing bandmates-

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2009 at 12:07 am #

    Just be yrself man….and wear whatever mask suits yr current predicament.
    Play the sage card, your in the entertainment business – so put on a show.
    You/we/them know who the ‘real’ you is – it’s all of the above (as below).
    Think of yr self as a groovy elder,
    god knows the world needs more of them.
    Say to yr self ‘what would Dylan do in this situation’
    ( although Dylan would never say ‘time to do more yoga’..but anyway)
    Act venerable
    even tho inside you feel like a childe who want’s his daddy.(don’t we all?)
    Feel the love, you’ve paid the ticket now take the ride.
    PV -(talking on high from the pulpit , dishing out wisdom from the office cubical, coming to you from station 101cliche – hit’s , generalizations , memories and platitudes)

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2009 at 1:46 am #

    Fame is relative.

    I mean, you can be famous for hundreds of people or billions of people, but you are still famous.

    At least for me you are a big star, bigger than Michael Jackson was and without that tragic and strange end.

    Ok.. I'm mocking a little.. but I was serious in part.

  14. avatar
    BillyMays | 29 June 2009 at 1:59 am #

    Billy Mays is dead!!! noooooooooooo!!!!!!!!
    wtf is going on?

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2009 at 2:12 am #

    Love the photos. The one today made me laugh and I needed to after the sadness of the last few days loosing two beautiful people. Fri nite on radio they played a bit of an interview MJ did with Diane Sawyer and he said
    "Maybe I like to look that way and dress that way" and "I love my fans". That could also have been a quote from you.

    So happy that you're enjoying the gigs and the fans are being blown away. Glad you're getting some good food along the way. Please stay safe, healthy, and happy.

    Peace & love
    Therese

  16. avatar
    Paige | 29 June 2009 at 4:32 am #

    Thanks again for an amazing show & the photo op! Clearly yoga is working all kinds of magic for you. Best of luck for the rest of the tour!

  17. avatar
    Freddie | 29 June 2009 at 4:40 am #

    If you were drifting in Pittsburgh, you hid it well.
    Makin' my way home now. Thanks so much for two awesome shows. You 'seemed' quite comfortable meetin' and greetin'.
    Get yerself a bit of rest tomorrow and give it to em good.
    xoxo
    Freddie

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2009 at 5:17 am #

    sK:

    great show in falls church.

    thanks for signing the book. it will be on my shelves w/ the others.

    the jinks is over. all your instruments arrived, best i could tell. MWP stayed on stage the entire set, no migraine. he your new bass player? great show. new stuff really stuck out. great new album.

    as far as post-show, fans appreciate you sticking around to chat. we don't know what to say to you in the 10 second bit, and you don't know what to say back. but it don't matter. it really doesn't. small talk is just that. just nice to know everyone just human. we're all real people. connection is in the music and yer the ones who've put it out, so we thank ya.

    i'll check out now, leave ya alone w/ the others. see you in 3 years back in States, hopefully, maybe you'll come further south than virginia.
    north carolina is nice in the fall, espec the mountains.

    Wilfred's tuesday night pick (annapolis): just for you (w/ doppler effect), and tranquility.

    see you around, thanks so much – wilfred paradise

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2009 at 5:22 am #

    Steve, had a great time eating strawberries with yah outside the State Theater in Fairfax.

    Also, my buddy Chris thanks you for helping him alleviate his back pain 🙂

    Marty and Tiara were possibly interested in doing some record shopping at a cool store with thousands of records: "Joe's Record Paradise" in Rockville MD. There's another in Baltimore, MD.

    The website is:
    http://www.joesrecordparadise.com/index.html

    Have him give me a call (Paul at 443-223-7965) if he can swing it the next two days (I'll sneak outta work and chauffeur, very gladly 🙂

    The band was incredible tonight. Your bass playing/antics on "Space Saviour" was a highlight — and awesome to watch.

  20. avatar
    davem | 29 June 2009 at 5:35 am #

    I went to see Fleet Foxes last week. Good gig and it was interesting to feel a very different vibe to you guys.
    Obviously many people were there because they liked the band, but very few LOVED them. The audience response was muted and subdued.

  21. avatar
    Jasperina | 29 June 2009 at 5:40 am #

    I'm having one of those dark days today where nothin and no one can make it lighter. Reading your blog is always good no matter what you've got to say. It is kind of a relief to look into someone else's world for a few moments and take a breath away from mine. But the thought of an hour of yoga when I get home will bring the light back in.

  22. avatar
    melissa | 29 June 2009 at 6:30 am #

    here is the best Yoga school in town, for anyone in Melby who is keen to learn 😉

    http://www.skys.com.au/

  23. avatar
    Mr. Ricky | 29 June 2009 at 6:45 am #

    wow man…sometimes there is a line or two in one of your blogs that really makes me feel like i am reading my own thoughts but this…DAMN!!! Practically the whole ting, mon!!! I know that venue! We had the same kinda crowd. We played there a couple of months ago and I was just wondering a few days ago what you where gonna make of it…Groovy place but a bit…as you said, funky. that photo from yesterday is from the "dressing room" up in the back, right? Not surprised about young Craigie at all either! BE SAFE! HAVE FUN!!! ALOHA!

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2009 at 6:47 am #

    Professor, I don't think you noticed but that pineapple was disconnected…you must be tired!

  25. avatar
    Richard | 29 June 2009 at 7:12 am #

    I always had you pegged as the rough end of the pineapple

  26. avatar
    eek | 29 June 2009 at 7:46 am #

    "signing stuff aftershow is doing my head in
    whatever i do or say i feel stupid
    its such an awkward situation"

    I think it's very sweet. Makes me happy anyway.

    The Falls Church show was awesome, btw!

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2009 at 8:11 am #

    Steven you deserve a commission from the schools and the publishers. Ya convinced me to go down the yoga route… I wasn't stiff to start with but oh does it do a whole lotta stuff for you besides loosen yer up. You're a go(o)d lad for promoting this to people and also for praising them for taking it up…
    I agree with you too that were songs on ULTC that kinda tower above U#23 as a whole… but… U#23 as a whole is a better album… the sequencing (thought out, accidental?) is genius and that's where ULTC is less of an "album"… Please don't wait another 3/4 years before giving us more, man. Be UNORTHODOX with the releases… it was always cool when we got a new one every year.
    Luv on ya,
    Craigie
    P.S. Lurie's book is just okay. It's a fan's scribblings, nothing more. Sorry.

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2009 at 9:07 am #

    Great foto – Crowded House song!

    Bit SSScchtoned were we?
    Schtumple!

    Dutch Pierre

  29. avatar
    fantasticandy | 29 June 2009 at 10:16 am #

    iv'e seen great bands play to 10 or less people!
    why are folk crazy about mediocre music?

    i lack understanding in this matter.

  30. avatar
    iseult | 29 June 2009 at 10:29 am #

    the pineapple head it spins and it spins

  31. avatar
    Daberhasher | 29 June 2009 at 11:08 am #

    communicating through the pineapple telegraph now are we??? unreal…
    i'm fond of saying crazy is the new sane lately, fits me to a T…
    stay crazy baybee, reality is for suckers… and TV appearently…

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2009 at 11:35 am #

    Ah bullshit, I asked you for advice about yoga 2 years ago and you couldn't be arsed to reply. That's ok, I couldn't be arsed to buy Untitled and downloaded it for free instead. As you sow, Steven…

  33. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 29 June 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    "I hope somebody listened
    And heard another world…"

    (Song To Go)

    It seems at least one of your songs have come true, Steve.

  34. avatar
    lily was here | 29 June 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    I'd love to see Scarlet's reaction on seeing her daddy with a pineapple coming out of his ear 🙂 Is this the latest cure for tinnitus? Good to see your sense of humour is intact.

    Sue x

    ps hi nk, hope to see you in December

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    Download a Church album w/o paying for it?!? Just b/c SK didn't answer your req for advice? (Ever heard of books?). You sir are a douchbag.

  36. avatar
    heatherdaydream | 29 June 2009 at 2:27 pm #

    love the pic!

    kitykat

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2009 at 2:44 pm #

    Told my freind if a few months ago that if you guys got anywhere close to Texas we would make the drive. Unfortunately not close enough this time. There are more than the 200 or so – we're just dispersed about.

  38. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 29 June 2009 at 2:50 pm #

    The COGNOSCENTI know that the Church are in the highest pantheon of musical marvels.

  39. avatar
    Ellen | 29 June 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    Probably one of the reasons The Church is underrated is that the music requires you to actually LISTEN. Most of today's music is just noise. It's like how some people have to have the TV on all day. They're not listening or watching, they just need 'something' in the background.

    But, your fans [both new and long-time] are fiercely loyal, Steve.

    Thanks for strongly encouraging folks to take up yoga. It DOES take years of dedicated work but the results are so worth it.

    Sweet post by your wife. What your family says about you speaks volume about your character.

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    Saw "The Creek" last night at Falls Creek.

    Wait, oops, Steve messed me up.

    Saw "The Church" last night at "Falls Church"

    What a great show. Always love Tantalized off of Heyday. But that last night was nothing like the album. It was punk, it was fast, it was filled with emotion that no 30 year old band could pull off.

    You guys sounded like you were in your 20s just breaking out, hot and fast.

    You often mention how the bass plays itself as you drift off. I think after you have been playing perfection so long it must just become a natural automatic function.

    Wish Marty didn't have those in tune issues, us in the crowd herd nothing but the best in tune.

    I hope you guys keep up your work for a long time, and are still able to provide for your families.

    Us fans love the fact that we can stand feet from such great music makers. But at the same time wish others knew what they were missing.

    Falls Creek, Falls Church, the names don't matter, the music is what we came for… and it was great.

    Thanks

    RonG from VA

  41. avatar
    John Garratt | 29 June 2009 at 3:30 pm #

    My friend Ben, who attended the show in Virginia, just emailed me to tell me I missed a hell of a show and this is a hell of a tour.

  42. avatar
    C. | 29 June 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    I saw a Dallas band called Killbilly play in front of about 10 people once, and as they said in their Texas drawl, "It's not the size of the posse, but the tightness of the posse that matters."

  43. avatar
    Tom | 29 June 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    I feel your pain. Yesterday I drove from Georgia back home to Maryland, 12 hours with two stops. The difference between my travels and yours, instead of MWP and PK in the back seat, I had my 2 & 5 year old girls. I did get to sleep in my own bed last night. Thanks for the sacrifices you make. See you tomorrow night!

  44. avatar
    Shawn El | 29 June 2009 at 4:10 pm #

    Thanks for such a fun show in Pittsburgh. I was surprised by how ROCK it was! It was loud like on the Forget Yourself tour but the sound seemed cleaner. Yes, people at the show really liked you.

    Pete looks amazing – if there's any question of what to do to stay young I imagine taking up his habits would be failsafe.

    I wish you guys a happy day off before your show in Maryland. If you're interested in shopping for books at all, I recommend the book store at St. John's College, about 3 blocks from the Ram's Head in Annapolis. It literally has *everything*, esp. for people interested in Western philosophy and literature. Like if you can imagine seeing stacks and stacks of Plato's Republic or The Tempest – that's what it's like. St. John's is known as the "great books" college.

    I'll be traveling to see you guys in Philadelphia this week. I'd really be interested in hearing more off the the new record, if you guys are considering changing the set list from night to night – though I know how much your rabid fans love the old standards.

  45. avatar
    gareth, notts | 29 June 2009 at 4:13 pm #

    I did buy Untitled really. I just wanted Steven to think about possible consequences.

  46. avatar
    Craig Miller | 29 June 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    SK, Saw an incredible documentary last night called "King Corn," which has cemented even more the decision to go vegetarian. Highly recommend it. It's on iTunes.

  47. avatar
    CSTCoach | 29 June 2009 at 4:53 pm #

    umm… hate to have to break it to you in public like this. But you don't have tinnitus at all. You've got A FUCKING PINEAPPLE GROWING OUTTA YER HEAD!!!

    Don't be alarmed. I know a lady who shoved a bean up her nose as a child, and it began to sprout (quite painfully). She turned out okay. Bit of a 'has been', but there you go.

    On another note… My copy of the bio and interview CD finally arrived today. Can't wait to crack this open tonight! Will be a test of my iron will to see if i can stay focused on work for the rest of the day.

    Hope it doesn't shatter all my illusions about the Great Steve Kilbey and yank the graven image down from its lofty pedestal – we shall see ;P

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2009 at 7:39 pm #

    How many 80's (or 90s and 00s) bands have sixteen "4 star or better" albums on allmusic.com ?

    1….. The Church

    Great bands like the Church don't fade away, critics know who they are.

    And us lucky fans know too.

    We won't stop buying your CDs and Concert tickets as long as you don't stop making them available.

  49. avatar
    m.p.k | 29 June 2009 at 8:02 pm #

    i never thought people would fucking venerate us
    its a weird feeling to suddenly be me

    You;ve done good SK, all you guys. You've done the work and aged like fine wine. As your second Saturn return looms in a couple years and you enter the next stage you can do so with grace.

  50. avatar
    fantasticandy | 29 June 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    davem……
    no hype,
    just down the road,
    we love the church as much as you,
    july 18th.
    something really different.

    steve…..not one song on u#23 is a church 'best'…..
    yet taken as a whole it is your 'best'.
    better than p=a better than HOB.
    just better……….

    come to europe with 'down to the cardboard'?

    p.s. where's my mercador DVD?

  51. avatar
    stealthblue | 29 June 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    Hello, Steve, and Co.-
    Hope you're all having a good day.

    Hey, Ryan ("Coach")-
    It is exciting just waiting to get into that book. I was STOKED when I finally received mine. I didn't expect it, and I got home one Friday night after a really shitty day at work…and there it was sitting on my kitchen table. I couldn't believe it, after all this time. I tore open the package and squealed like a little girl! (Or maybe it was more like "Stimpy") HA! Anyway, it was a heck of a reaction because my wife ran downstairs asking "WHAT HAPPENED?? ARE YOU OK??!"

    It is a great read no doubt. I had been nipping at it when ever I got a spare moment or two, but yesterday I was able to hammer out about 200 pages of it. (I got it two weeks ago.)

    I hope it doesn't shatter your illusions about SK either. In fact I would be real surprised if it did. If anything, it just shows what most of us have known all along…the dude is HUMAN, but a very interesting one indeed! It really explains so much and personally, I think Robert Lurie did an amazing job, and undoubtedly gave us ALL a gift of just even a little more insight to the curiosities most of us here have about SK and The Church. Hope you enjoy it and the interviews!

    Take care all. Cheers! Guys, stay safe on the road.

    P&L,

    Ben V.

  52. avatar
    CSTCoach | 29 June 2009 at 11:58 pm #

    Hey Ben,

    Thanks for the review brother. Cracking the cover open within the next 5 min and settling in for a good read.

    I was just taking the piss at SK re: the pedestal and his graven image and all that. I hold the man in the absolute highest regard as an artist and an all round decent fellow, and I'm grateful for the encouragement he's always giving me in my work. I'm also tremendously proud of the transformation he's wrought in himself with his unflagging dedication to his yoga practice. But there are no pedestals around my place 😉

    Looking fwd to reading about the early history of The Church, the stories behind some of the albums perhaps, a glimpse behind the curtain where magic is made.

    And REALLY looking fwd to the interview clips. That kinda thing fascinates me. In a sense it's the modern version of leafing through the letters / correspondence of your favourite author. A glimpse into another shard of that fractured lens which makes up the whole.


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