War for your Mind

Hello there, 

    Welcome back to our blog, so nice to see you again. You're probably asking yourself, what is on the agenda for this blog post? Am I going to tackle race, class, and socio-economic status? Perhaps I'll cover the philosophical problem of existentialism as it relates to post-modern doctrines and presuppositions? Then again, I could just talk about Take the Black. I'll do that briefly, and then cover the more important stuff.  
    We're hard at work on some new stuff for you. If you're reading this, you probably follow our social media, but if you don't, we released a music video for Alive in the Moonlight, which is on our demo “War For Your Mind” that just came out. We hope that you're loving the whole demo, but especially Alive in the Moonlight. It's one of the band's favorite songs, and we're really hoping that people like it. If you do like it, definitely check out the video. 
    Shooting the video was one of the most interesting experiences that we've ever had. We shot it in Long Island City, and before I talk about it, I wanted to say thank you to all of the people who were involved in planning, setting up, being in it, and making it happen in general. A couple of special shout outs (Please excuse the names if they aren't spelled correctly) to Khalil, our videographer and director. We couldn't have shot it without his guidance. Thank you to Greg, our bartender and sexy hair guy extraordinaire. Thank you to Taylor, our star of the video, who thankfully isn't troubled like the character she played. Thank you also to Katie, Kevin, Kristen, and all of the other people who showed up to be in our crowd. We couldn't have shot the video without any of the people we had, and we want to extend our most sincere gratitude to them. We're really happy with the video, and we think everyone is going to love it. 
    We shot the whole thing within a six hour time frame. We unloaded, set up, decorated, lighted, and designed the whole set with help from all hands present. It was a really interesting experience, working with Khalil and trying to set things up so they came out just right. The alcohol in the video is very real, and though we were on a music video set, the drinking ended up being more like a bar than it was a shoot. Luckily, Greg came prepared to ACTUALLY bartend, and he did an awesome job of keeping everyone nice and liquored up so they could bear our music. 
    All in all, we think the video came our excellently and we're really proud of it, definitely check it out and we will be working on some more content for all of our fans. 

Stay warm, and keep listening, 

Take the Black

Happy New Year!

Hello everybody and Happy New Year! 2017 was a pretty amazing year for us, and we're hoping that 2018 will be an even better one. We recorded some of our best music yet, a lot of which is still unreleased and will be released as 2018 progresses. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for those tracks, we want to know what you think of them as soon as possible! We also started some other really exciting projects, one of which we hope will be coming out coinciding with the release of our new demo, “War For Your Mind”, which is coming out very soon. Check out Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for the live updates on that! I apologize for the vagueness, but how else can I tell you to look out for something without ruining the surprise? 

One huge announcement, our bass player Christopher got married in November. Predictably, the wedding was a shit show for all involved, and we wouldn't have had it any other way. So we want to publicly say Congratulations Chris and Katie, and if the authorities ask, we were not even IN the area of Throgs Neck on the morning of the 4th of November and to stop calling. 

We're hoping that 2018 will be the year for our live performances as well. I think that as a band we've been focusing on writing and recording over the past two years. The idea has been to really move forward as Take the Black before we start pushing outward into the world for shows. 

We've been playing music together since we were seniors in high school and we've had a couple of different band names. We started off as Gentlemen of Fortune, and then after that were called One Car Pile up for about six minutes, then we were South Ferry Station for a few years. Throughout all of those iterations we had lots of different material and songs that we wrote. We've always kind of merged everything underneath whatever banner we were carrying at the time, so we would play Gentlemen of Fortune Songs at South Ferry Station shows and things of that nature. One of our goals with Take the Black is to strip away a lot of the stuff we have been playing for years and really focus on this band as its own entity, and that's what we've been doing for the most part. There are, nevertheless, some old school easter eggs for people who really like the band. Check out our new acoustic demo, Sink or Swim is a classic song that we have been playing for many years and it was rewritten and reimagined to go on our demo of duets. The duet is with pianist Lynn Min, who is truly amazing and helped bring a new kind of character to the track, check it out on Spotify when you get the chance! 

Coming back to the point, this year we are going to be making a push for more live performances and we're going to need all of the support we can get. Please keep checking social media for updates and please come out to see us if you can. Who knows, maybe we are working on some kind of special present for our most die hard fans.

Have a Great New Year and Stay Warm, 

Take the Black

New Music on the Way!

2017 has been a really great year for Take the Black! Sean got new pants, Chris got his groove back, Tom stayed fabulous, and Eddie...

Being serious, 2017 really has been a great year. We’ve been in the studio working on our follow up to Smoke Up, Johnny and we’re very excited about how it’s turning out. The new songs are really an indicator of our growth as songwriters and musicians and of the talent and ingenuity of our producer Nick. The demo is almost done and it will be available on all of our platforms on New Year’s Day. Please check it out any way that you can! You can send us your feedback via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or any other social media site that strikes your fancy. We love to hear what people are thinking of our music.

In other news, we’re also working on an acoustic demo that will feature collaborations of some of our songs with different great musicians that we’ve worked with over the years. Many of the collaborations are done and they sound incredible!

As a promotion for our new demo, we are going to be releasing a track from the acoustic collaboration every two weeks leading up to the release of our full demo on New Year’s Day!  

One of our goals for the rest of 2017 and into 2018 is to begin offering a lot more content on our social media platforms, so in addition to the bi-weekly acoustic tracks we will also be adding as much more content as we can manage, so be prepared for a busy holiday season!

So to recap: Starting November 1st we will be releasing one acoustic collaboration track every two weeks across all of our social media platforms. These tracks will come out weekly until New Year’s Day, when our full length second demo is released and available. Keep your eyes open for new content on all of our social media sites! More on that as it comes.

 

Thank you,

Take the Black

“...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