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Christa Fletcher
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July 31, 2013
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Black Gold

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In 2006, band members Eric Ronick (lead vocals, keyboard guitar) and Than Luu (drums, percussion, backing vocals) started recording in a Brooklyn, NY studio after touring with Panic at the Disco! “The very first time that we went into Eric’s studio together, we ended up writing and recording ‘Run’ in just a few hours,” Luu recalls. “We listened back to what we’d done at the end of the night and realized, ‘This really works!’” Ronick adds, “Writing that song with Than was a defining moment.’”

“Run,” is on their debut album, Rush, which was released in 2009. Since then, this indie rock twosome has gained success on tour and on TV, with their songs played on top networks from MTV, to the CW. Yet, for Black Gold, creating music is all about the process.

“Each song must be the best song, at its core, before we’ll bring in the production and the orchestration and the instrumentation,” explained Ronick.

Black Gold’s philosophy also emphasizes breaking boundaries to introduce variety.

“No style or genre is off limits. We get a real kick out of taking from different artists, different periods, and putting our spin on it,” said Ronick. “Somehow we ended up with something cohesive that sounds, undeniably, like us.”

In addition to their eclectic influences, the band draws on many different themes like relationships, faith and what can be lost. “Each song has a story to it,” explained Luu.

To follow the Black Gold narrative, listen to the tracks, read through the lyrics and check out the photos below.

 

Shine


Detroit


Run


Breakdown


Plans and Reveries


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Lyrics For "Shine"
By Black Gold

she knows it's time
to say goodbye
to all that she wanted
for all that she loves.

devotes her mind
to thoughts divine
for all that she needed
and all that she loves

recites the lines
repeats the rites
to all that she needed
and wanted most

won't you shine tonight,
in the face of the light?
with you on my mind,
i can make it through,
make it through the night

she bides her time
with quiet pride
for all that she wanted
and all that she loves

she begs and pleads
he's all she needs
and ever wanted
she calls out again

won't you shine tonight,
in the face of the light?
with you on my mind,
i can make it through,
make it through the night

she takes him in
on calloused knees
(but he's not there)
the emptiness is all she sees
so she begs and she pleads

won't you
shine tonight?
In the face of the light?
with you (with you on my mind, I can make it through;
with you on my mind I can make it)

won't you shine tonight,
in the face of the light?
with you on my mind,
i can make it through,
make it through the night

won't you shine and shine tonight?

won't you shine in the face of the light?
with you on my mind,
i can make it though,
make it through the night,
though this night.

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Lyrics For "Detroit"


soft lies on your empty face
a life in you has gone away
sympathies go round and round
a handfull helps it all go down

day fades away
can't stay awake
alone in this empty place

there's no time
to shed your fear
but don't expect
that I'll be here

I wonder where you are
locked on the inside
I wonder where your thoughts are
out of the daylight
I wonder who you are
fallen so far to be nowhere
what ever made you think so
I wonder where you are

dark eyes make you snap up straight
red hands wash the sleep away
sifting through the white on white
underneath the failing light

they fade away
can't stay away
alone in this empty place

there's no time
to rest my eyes
cause you'll be gone
before I rise

It's hard to cope
please let me go
don't stop this rush overflow
the night has come
and now I'm home

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Lyrics For "Run"
By Black Gold

you're waiting for something
to erase the sting of yesterday
they want you today
they build you up to throw away

you can laugh, you can try
to put me off and step aside
holding close to open doors
to catch you before

you run away,
runaway
run away
let me in,
left me out

yet get in line
you steal some time
you'll see there's nothing left to us
you say you want something
you just take all you take

one more day
plays the same
pretty faces dull the pain

signs of dusk
chill the bones
with nothing left but

to run away,
runaway
run away
let me in,
left me out

stood standing, arms folded
an empty corridor
such a disgrace;
turn away

the new prey, collected
another feast to fall
another face,
run away

run away
runaway
run away
let me in,
left me out

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