“...Lose myself in your Hazel Eyes...” 

    Hello all from Take the Black!
    A lot has been going on for the band, so let's start with the new content.
    We finished recording a new song called “Hazel Eyes”, and it sounds incredible. In the last blog post, I mentioned that there was one song almost as old as “Drive Tonight” and it is “Hazel Eyes”. Eddie has had this song for a while, but it has been waiting to take form. He showed us the first verse several times in the past, and we took it and really put it together. If you want to hear it it's available on Spotify, just search Take the Black and let us know what you think! If you haven't treated yourself to it or any of the other songs, they're all there. We love to hear feedback from everyone!
    Hazel eyes evolved a lot at rehearsal, but in studio it really became something that went beyond all of our highest expectations. We always knew the song was good, but when all of the parts really came together it became apparent that the song was going to sound great. Chris said, and I quote, “It's my favorite song out of all the ones we've recorded.” He said it without hesitation. 
    Once again we tip our hats to Nick, who is both amazing and patient with us in the studio. We are not the most subtle or easiest to work with band, but he always manages to get the best of us. 
    

We're very excited for our show coming up! 

    FEBRUARY 5TH at MERCURY LOUNGE in MANHATTAN
    217 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002     

COME SEE
NICOLAS EMDEN & THE RESONENCIA! 
TAKE THE BLACK, 
THE RUNNING LIGHTS, 
and TRSTN 

Doors open @ 6:30pm

21 and over
Tickets are 8$$ at the door!

Copy and Paste the link at the bottom to buy Tickets: 

    We are beyond excited and honored to be playing with The Running Lights. Our producer Nick and his brother Mike started the band and they absolutely incredible and a must see for anyone who likes live music. 
    The other bands playing are excellent too: This is DEFINITELY a show worth missing the Super Bowl for! If it is not, Take the Black will personally give you the money you WOULD HAVE spent on Super Bowl tickets out of our own pocket!!! 
    (That was a joke) Take the Black cannot afford Super Bowl tickets for ourselves, let alone for our legions of fans, sorry guys. 
    We have been doing a lot of practicing and preparing for the show and we are excited to show people all of our songs in a live setting. If you like our content, we very excited to play it for you live. 
    In other news, expect new content from us coming soon. We are working on several songs, planning a music video for one of the ones that is already done, and trying in general to get all of these things to you as fast as we can. 
    If you can make it February 5th we hope to see you there! If you can't, keep up with us on Facebook, Instagram, and our website. Twitter will be coming soon, as soon as they stop dicking us on the handle that we can use. 

                As usual, we hope everyone is having a good new year and staying safe.                     Take care every one, and we will keep updated on what's happening with us.
          Take the Black
          January 29, 2017
 

"...Lets take a Drive Tonight..."

    Of all of the new material, this is by far the oldest song. It's from a time before Take the Black even existed. The band was still Eddie, Chris, Tom, and myself, but we had a different name and different lives. 
    The funny thing about the song is that it aged better than anything any of us have ever written before (Actually, there's one other song I can think of that is as old, but that's for another blog post). A lot of times, you write a song one day because you're feeling some kind of emotion or having some kind of consistent thought pattern that wants to come out. Then, after a lot of time has passed, the song feels alien. Either because you're life is different or you've grown up and changed your outlook. A lot of times, it isn't even something that deep. Sometimes you look back at something you've written and you just don't think it's good anymore. 
    That didn't happen with Drive Tonight, and I think that's one of the biggest reasons it never went away. I also think it's one of the reasons that the song grew so much. In the span of time that we worked on it it kind of transformed. We came together with a song that had to be at least five years old, and when we were done it felt brand new. Musically.
    There were some small (disputed) changes in the lyrics, but they always conveyed the same thing as they do now. To use a lyric from the song, it's a story of regret. I think it's more than that though, it really makes me think of change and coming to terms with the fact that many of the things that you like about your life: The people, the moments, the things you're so familiar with eventually slip away. Not because you want them to, but because life either carries you away from them or vice versa. I think in a way, the song validates your feeling of loss, and the time spent to remember whatever it is for you. For us, it's the drives on the highway, the radio taking us away, feeling infinite. For you it could be something else. The idea is the remembrance, the validation of those feelings. If you can't acknowledge how important those nights were, maybe they weren't as important as you thought. 

    Also, let's be honest, the breakdown is amazing. Enjoy the song. As always, we worked really hard to make the track great, so we hope it is. 

    In other news its a new year! 2017 is here, and with it come more Take the Black antics. I'd call them new, but our antics are very rarely if ever new. Chris will be iced several times throughout the year, so send us some Smirnoff Ice. Here's our personal guarantee. If you send us a six pack of Smirnoff Ice, we will post six (count 'em) SIX videos of Chris being iced within 48 hours. 
    - Sean will be searching for some starchy inner peace. 
    - Tom will continue his tireless research of the bean. 
    - And Eddie, Eddie will continue his vigorous letter writing campaign to Starbucks to have them create a commemorative “Take the Black” ceramic coffee mug that doubles as a bong. 

    In other words, business as usual. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
             Take the Black
             January 7, 2017
 

We're growing up and apart. Just kidding, we're back together! Take the South of Fortune has started writing songs again ...

    It's simultaneously the best and worst feeling in the world, the split second decision, the weight. That's every moment in the studio, especially with music that you love. Everything in you wants to make the right decision at every single moment. It's easier to actually make each decision as it comes up rather than keeping the big picture in mind the whole time. Overall, you know exactly how you want it to sound, but with every one of those split second decisions about what to play, what to keep, and what to try again, that overall goal sometimes gets lost. It's hard admitting to yourself that some of those decisions won't be the best ones.
    At least that's how it had always been for us. We can't count all of the things on our recordings that we wish we could have changed or caught in the moment. That's what makes recording so nerve wracking. At the end of the session, you have to be happy with what you've played, because it's never going to change. Sometimes you have to just ignore it to not let it effect every decision you make. 
    Ever since we found a place where we're comfortable with our process, our music, and our producer, there's been less pressure and less worry and we've been able to just call the session as we see it. We're hoping that's why (In our humble opinion) it's sounds so damn good, and we hope that we can keep making the people who listen to us happy.  

Thanks, 
Take the Black
October 1st 2016