Blackchords

Blackchords

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
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2012 is Blackchords year. Currently mixing their 2nd Album, the band have recently released the first single, 'Dance Dance Dance.' The song received rave reviews as well as radio play in Australia and the UK. Produced by Grammy Award Winner David Odlum, the album is a big step forward for the band.

Biography

Blackchords formed in Melbourne 2005 soon after a chance meeting between Nick Milwright (vocals/guitar) and Damian Cazaly (guitar). The two met at the house of a mutual friend and fellow Melbourne musician and over a few drinks, enthusiastic rambling and the odd chord strummed the two decided that they should probably continue playing music in the light of day. Milwright & Cazaly began writing and playing acoustic gigs around town within a few weeks of their meeting and not long after they invited new members to boost their ranks and thus Blackchords was born.

The band quickly made a name for themselves after their chilling but beautiful video for their 1st single ‘Broken Bones’ won ‘Best Music Video’ in the prestigious St Kilda Film Festival. ‘Broken Bones’ also became a dual finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for Best Rock Song & Best Film Clip.

The debut album was released in 2009, to widespread critical acclaim and rave reviews, “Melbourne quartet shoots for the stars on widescreen debut” – Rolling Stone, and was shortlisted for the 2010 AMP award.

With numerous national tours around Australia under their belt the band toured twice to the UK and France, with highlight showcase performances at The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City in 2010, including shows at the famous Aussie BBQ. CMU’s Guide to The Great Escape reviewed the band as, “innovative, fresh, young and vibrant, you must catch them!”

Due to the successful appearances over the UK summer the band enjoyed radio play, along with the music video for their 2nd single ‘At World End’ receiving airtime on MTV and NME TV in the UK.

As the European summer drew to a close, Blackchords returned to Australia, and accepted an invitation to open for Powderfinger and Jet at Melbourne’s iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl for Powderfinger’s last Melbourne show. Still on high from the show the band commenced writing again and recorded the dark and majestic ‘As Night Falls’ for Australian indie film ‘Blame’, which was later released as a single to coincide with the release of the film.

Since the release of the debut album, their songs have been on Australian television shows including ‘Underbelly: Razor’, ‘Rescue Special Ops’, and ‘Cops L.A.C.’ in the US, Blackchords music appeared on ‘Teen Mom’ (MTV) and ‘Being Human’ (NBC).

Early in 2012 the band embarked on the recording of their second album in the picturesque surrounds of Victoria’s Yarra Valley, in an old barn that they converted into a temporary recording studio. With international producing maestro David Odlum at the helm (former guitarist with The Frames, producer- The Frames, Gemma Hayes, Luka Bloom, Josh Ritter, Tinariwen), Blackchords bunkered down with a more ambitious, diverse and energetic approach to the new songs. With the recording process Blackchords sound has evolved far beyond the their own expectations.

Dance Dance Dance is the first taste of the new album, showcasing a more upbeat and lighter side to the Blackchords sound. Dance is one of those songs that seemed to come out of nowhere. “We were so preoccupied in writing songs specific for the next Blackchords album and forgetting the reasoning for writing and playing music in the first place” recounts Nick Milwright. “I sat down one day with my guitar and decided that I would write a song purely for the enjoyment of playing music. To shut out all preconceptions of what should come out of it.... And somehow out of all our songs this was the one that has become the first release from the album”

In many respects the sophomore album will be a new direction for Blackchords. The writing and recording of it has been a very band orientated process and a very conscious

Lyrics

Broken Bones

Written By: Nicholas Milwright

This endless ride has got me i know
I've been holding on by a thread
falling towards the end
but i have been held by a thousand hands
oh i know that something is wrong
oh i know that something is right

we can scream out load
cause we're all on this ride I know

I've been breaking my bones
holding up the stars
oh I'll keep falling flat on my face
just to know that I'm still alive
Yesterday I was king
But today I'm not sure

oh i know that something is wrong
oh i know that something is right

we can scream out load
cause we're all on this ride I know

Come on
Come on
Come on
Hang on
Hang on
Hang on

we can scream out load
cause we're all on this ride I know

We're all on this ride
We're all on this ride
We're all on this ride

At Worlds End

Written By: N. Milwright

Set this world on fire
I spoke to you for hours
The curtains’ still coming up
But the feelings all burnt and scattered
I’ve sailed this ship into the ground
And its not the first time it has happened

We’re at the point
Where all the words just sound the same
All this means is none of us have even learnt

Come on
Turn it off
Cut it out
We have learned to ripped it off

As Night Falls

Written By: N. Milwright

As the night falls I lie awake for hours
And it wont stop, this buzzing in my eardrum
Like a nightmare, that I cannot seem to wake from
I recall that there’s nothing left here for us

And oh we lost control

In the end it falls apart
In the end it breaks my heart
In the end what we’ve become
In the end

As the light fades I cannot seem to make sense
of this landscape, where nothing looks familiar
as I search for a friendly face among the many
I’m scared as hell cause there’s nothing left here for us

And oh we lost control

In the end it falls apart
In the end it breaks my heart
In the end what we’ve become
In the end

Kitchen (working Title)

Written By: N. Milwright

I heard a noise in the kitchen the other night
I imagined it was you
Coming over to say that its alright
You aint going anywhere

I lie awake with the moon streaming in
And it cuts the bed in two
I’ve got to shake this feeling from my back
cause I’m talking to the creaks in a house all alone
and you are gone

I heard you call
But what I need I dont want at all

A feel the fog of morning rolling in
And nothing seems real
I close my eyes to keep you here
Lying next to me

But when I wake and drift through this house
It’s silent and its sad
I’ve got to lift this weight from my chest
Cause I’m living with your ghost in a house all alone
and you are gone

I heard you call
But what I need I dont want at all
I heard you call
But what I need I dont want at all

I tried to talk but the words are gone
I was cold and I was numb
I wanted to say that the light you shone
It keeps me going when I cant go on
It keeps me going when I cant go on

Dance, Dance, Dance

Written By: N. Milwright

Standing at the old station house
Thinking my, my how do we get out
Its been a year maybe two and no one came through
I must have arrived with the lightning some night

Yeah I strayed

Wake up and I wash my face, in this ghost town where no body stays
Out through the door there’s a small crooked store
with books on the shelves that no body sells

I should’ve danced danced danced that night
I should’ve taken the chance not waited so long
I should’ve danced danced danced with you
Cause maybe it was the last time

Pacing around in my room, and I’m howling at the moon
Though the window I saw a flash, too fast for me to catch
So I stand as I stood before
I’m writing letters to you know, thinking maybe I’ll get back somehow
The reason I’m out of bed is to write the words that I never said
I forgot about love and she forgot about me

I should’ve danced danced danced that night
I should’ve taken the chance not waited so long
I should’ve danced danced danced with you
I should’ve taken the chance not waited so long
Cause maybe it was the last time

I was born in the winter
to speak the lines that lie in the back of my head

Until The Day That I Die

Written By: Nick Milwright

Laid out on the bed
his head on her blouse
absorbed in this song
Her heart beats along
How sweet the sound of the lovers cry
I want to live my life
with you
Till the day I die
The day I die

Two lovers entwined
dance in the night
lost rhythms begin
to echo within
How sweet the sound of the lovers cry
I want to live my life
with you
Till the day I die

We wanted to find
We wanted to find
We wanted to find
Our way home

Discography

Self Titled Debut Album - 2009, Australia and UK release
'At Worlds End' - Single 2009
'Pretty Little Thing' - Single 2010
'As Night Falls' - Single (From feature film 'Blame) - 2010
'Dance Dance Dance - Single - 2012

Australian radio play - JJJ, RRR, Nova, TripleM, FBi, PBS, TripleZ, SynFM
Film Clips featured on RAGE

UK Radio play - Kerrang! radio (Including Alex Baker's single of the week) ; Northsound FM (Scotland); Wave Radio; 2XS Sheffield ; Total Rock Radio ; Manchester Radio ; BBC (Mike Howarth) ; Bath Student Radio ; Amazing Radio ('As Night Falls reached #2 on their unsigned chart)

UK TV:
MTV2, NME. (At Worlds End & As Night Falls)

Set List

With an extensive original catalogue, there is a set to suit the needs of the gig. Either a short, sharp high energy rock set, or a more acoustic based melodic set. The band has done theatre shows with piano and strings, half hour rock shows in small basement clubs, as well large stadium support shows to thousands of people.