Chris Blake

Chris Blake

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandAlternativeRock

“Socially conscious” alternative pop/rock / Featured on VH1's Best Week Ever, BoingBoing, GigaOm, Cosmopolitan, ShinyShiny and more / "Very, very good. Very good." - L.A. Music Awards / 95.5-FM KLOS Battle of the Bands Finalist / "Heating up the blogosphere" - IndieUpdate / 103.5 KISS-FM promotion

Biography

"He is gaining fans right and left... heating up the blogosphere." – IndieUpdate

Chris Blake writes “socially conscious” alternative pop/rock songs about relationships, global warming and Steve Perry.

Stubborn in its moodiness but unshakably melodic, Chris Blake’s new album WAVE spans many genres of popular music—from country and progressive rock to folksy hip hop and 80s/90s pop. Each song retains a familiar feel, adding to the album’s overall sense of yearning and powerlessness.

"Great album… Very, very good. Very good." – Al Bowman, L.A. Music Awards.

Blake has enjoyed particular success in generating exposure for WAVE through his creative viral videos and promoter’s prowess. His first music video for “Party on the Last Iceberg” triggered airplay and a finalist spot for a Battle of the Fans contest on the famous 95.5 KLOS-FM in Los Angeles.

For his second video, Blake compiled some of the “weirdest, funniest and most touching real-life regrets” he found while Googling the Web. He set his findings to "Someone Else”—a song about unrequited love—and within a week scored more than 50,000 views on YouTube and coverage in hundreds of top blogs and Web sites around the world, including BoingBoing, GigaOm, Cosmopolitan (France), and ShinyShiny. The attention also led to an online promotion with 103.5 KISS-FM in Chicago with additional opportunities in the works.

“DEEPLY profound…” – VH1’s Best Week Ever

“Cool video, good song, and a clever idea.” – Chez Pazienza, CNN

"This amazing video has touched me like nothing I’ve seen in a long while. Sad, funny, emotional, heartfelt, and above all, human." - TVadio

WAVE kicks off with “Phantom Love,” a Muse-injected Kurt Cobain anthem for the dispossessed, followed by the apocalyptic “Party on the Last Iceberg.” With an eerie tremolo guitar-and-concertina combo anchored by a hip hop beat, the song was added to the New Year’s Eve rotation at the immensely popular Mosun-Club M in Laguna Beach, Calif. Featured songs also include “How Journey Saved My Life,” a nostalgic look back on the days when the princes of pop ruled the airwaves, and “Blow Away,” which IndieUpdate called a real “ear-catcher.” But WAVE’s best moment may be “Mean It Now,” a mandolin-and-guitar driven ballad that laments how global turmoil renders even the strongest of relationships a little less reliable.

In college, Blake penned "Burning Houses," the official song for USC’s presentation of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. As a music student, he was also ecstatic to get songwriting tips from his hero Jackson Browne.

Blake’s previous effort APARTMENT lent songs to several independent films, including "Silent Hearts" starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste from the hit show "Without a Trace."

Blake has played some of the most storied clubs in Los Angeles and New York, including Whisky A Go Go, Coconut Teazer, Molly Malone’s, Cafe Figaro, Cafe Sine and Sidewalk Cafe.

WAVE is available on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, and just about anywhere music is sold or streamed online.

Lyrics

Phantom Love

Written By: Chris Blake

You, you’re effortless, you are oxygen
But breath does not bring bliss so why am I sucking it in?
We can’t go through with this though I feel I’m supposed to
When you remove your dress and I slip from my skin
Oh I feel you, I don’t have to reach for you to hold you in my arms
I don’t have to reach for you, forever my phantom love
Take my blood and bones, take away my will
But leave my heart alone, leave it hanging still
And free from fear of phones and fear of everything that won’t
Leave me alone when I’m trying to walk in my sleep
Oh I feel you, I don’t have to reach for you to hold you in my arms
I don’t have to reach for you, forever my phantom love
Straight up sober, wake up, it’s over
Oh I feel you, I don’t have to reach for you to hold you in my arms
I don’t have to reach for you, forever my love
And tonight you and me will never be
Forever phantom love, phantom love

All songs written by Chris Blake
© 2008 Decaf Pigeon Music (BMI)

Mean

Written By: Chris Blake

I've been mean, mean as hell
Things aren't well, moving slow
My friends all know
And they’re ready to blow, ready to blow
I've been lazy and I've been late
For everything
And I’m drinking every day
Oh well then, anyway…
I've been meaning to tell you
That I've been leaning toward you
To be my only one
At least until I'm done
Say what you want, say what you want
Damn me if you want, damn me if you want
Damn me if you want

All songs written by Chris Blake
© 2008 Decaf Pigeon Music (BMI)

Party on the Last Iceberg

Written By: Chris Blake

Did you catch the show, did you get the word?
There’s gonna be a party on the last iceberg
There’s water in the streets, there’s fire in the burbs
So everybody get a buddy, party on the last iceberg
I’m scraping with the pack, I’m banging with the herd
I’m gonna drink until my eyesight is blurred
They said it would come but nothing has occurred
And we got smarty Marty at our party on the last iceberg
Where no one is lying, where no one is crying, where no one is dying
If I can’t see the horizon then nothing is rising, then nothing is rising
If I can’t see war drummers a-drumming then nothing is coming, then nothing is coming
I’m feeling pretty good, I think I won my bet
There’s nothing to fear ‘cause nothing has happened yet
So come on all you kids, let’s get our speeches slurred
Everybody let’s get naughty, party on the last iceberg
Where no one is lying, where no one is crying, where no one is dying
If I can’t see the horizon then nothing is rising, then nothing is rising
If I can’t see war drummers a-drumming then nothing is coming, then nothing is coming
Where no one is lying, where no one is crying, where no one is dying
If I can’t see the horizon then nothing is rising, then nothing is rising
If I can’t see war drummers a-drumming then nothing is coming, then nothing is coming
If I can’t see the horizon then nothing is rising, then nothing is rising
If I can’t see war drummers a-drumming then nothing is coming, then nothing is coming
We’re on the verge of a major breakthrough
We’re on the verge of a major break

All songs written by Chris Blake
© 2008 Decaf Pigeon Music (BMI)

Mean It Now

Written By: Chris Blake

Can you fill this heart of mine
Not just today but every time?
You say you surely will but you never know
People say they do and then they go
So promise me, promise me
Not just with words but honestly
And not with hearts and birds and a shiny moon
But as the tears crawl down on a cold afternoon
Ah the perfect embrace
But let me see your face
And the crease above your brow
That says you really mean it now
You will change, so will I
The stars will move around the sky
But when I’ve lost myself in a pitch black sea
Will you be where you’re supposed to be?
So tell me now, tell me now
Even a world at war won’t break your vow
Even a twist of fate or a year undone
Or the accidental love of another one
Ah the perfect embrace
But let me see your face
And the crease above your brow
That says you really mean it now
Can you fill this heart of mine
Not just today but every time?
You say you surely will but you never know
It sometimes snows where it never snows
And I will surely remain true
‘cause I have made a promise too
Just say the word and I’ll disappear
But I’ll stay as long as you want me here
Ah the perfect embrace
But let me see your face
And the crease above your brow
That says you really mean it now

All songs written by Chris Blake
© 2008 Decaf Pigeon Music (BMI)

Blow Away

Written By: Chris Blake

This is our last stand, no we’ll never give in
We’ve got it all planned out and we will wait ‘til we win
Waiting for the day to blow away
It’s like we’re waiting for the day to blow away
The winds will finally come and we will blow away
This is not our time, no it never is
But one day the sun will set just right, we will rise and begin
Waiting for the day to blow away
It’s like we’re waiting for the day to blow away
The winds will finally come and we will blow away
My brain will not return to rot
There’s rain in bottles I have bought
Waiting for the day to blow away
It’s like we’re waiting for the day to blow away
The winds will finally come and we will blow away
Blow away, blow away, blow away
It’s like we’re waiting for the day to blow away
Blow away, blow away, blow away

All songs written by Chris Blake
© 2008 Decaf Pigeon Music (BMI)

How Journey Saved My Life

Written By: Chris Blake

In 1981 I almost lost my life to a Camaro
I ran into the street, I did not see the guy but I pulled back in time
Because his car radio blared Steve Perry
I never wanted anything but to sing like that, that, that, that
To the girl I liked ‘cause there was nothing cooler back then
Than the band Journey
As soon as we got home my sister told on me ‘cause she was so mean
They sent me to my room and where else would you want to go
When you’re 10 years old?
‘cause that’s where my radio blared Steve Perry
I never wanted anything but to sing like that, that, that, that
To the girl I liked ‘cause there was nothing cooler back then
Than the band Journey
Still my radio blares Steve Perry
I never wanted anything but to sing like that, that, that, that
To the girl I liked ‘cause there was nothing cooler back then
Than the band Journey
Do you believe?
Oh I do, I do, I do, I do, I do, I do, I do

All songs written by Chris Blake
© 2008 Decaf Pigeon Music (BMI)

Someone Else

Written By: Chris Blake

Goodbye, she said to me
So how was I to know she didn't want to go?
I stepped aside so she could leave
Never thinking if I held her then, she'd never leave again
Everything was left intact, and we exchanged farewells
She was with someone else, someone else
And though I loved her so, that day I let her go
So tell me now, how could I recognize someone
As the only one I could ever need and still let my heart bleed
And what made me think that I could be
Oh so satisfied with a love that remained untried
And why, when one can't be more sure
Of a love, he never tells, and instead goes for someone else
Someone else, and though I love her so, that day I let her go
With too much faith in fate, thinking I had time to wait
To wait, to wait, too late
Goodbye is what she got from me
And now my heart is haunted 'cause she wanted me
Someone said she wanted me
And now I hear wedding bells, but they're ringing for someone else
Someone else, and though I love her so, I never let her know
And though I love her so, that day I let her go
Let her go, I let her go, and now she’ll never know

Discography

1999: APARTMENT
2008: WAVE

Set List

Blake typically does 45-minute to full-hour sets. While his recordings come richly produced with plenty of instrumentation, Blake prefers intimate venues and often performs only with guitar.