The Black Market

The Black Market

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At Black Market HQ we believe the real purpose of music is to effect social change. We play punk, white boy reggae, ska and blues with passion. Sure, we write about oppression and injustice but we know what's really important: the power of unity and friendship.

Biography

The Black Market was formed out of the old school punk scene in Brisbane Australia (where The Saints emerged). Toby Market and Easy Steve Reed are old friends who have been playing guitar together since their early teens. Bryce Responsible joined the band two years ago and The Black Market began recording in earnest.

The first album Subtle as a Brick (2005) received acclaim in Brisbane, selling 1500 copies independently and being described as the No 1 Punk Release for 2005 by Rave Magazine in Queensland.

Early in 2006, the band joined forces with Wernher Pramschuffer of Great Music and went to Rockinghorse Studios at Byron Bay for three weeks to record fourteen new songs. Toby Market told Tsunami Magazine of the experience: “It was really enlightening. Peace, quiet and serenity are not really hallmarks of The Black Market but the time it gave us to really think about what we were doing and why we were there helped in the end.”

And in the end, To All Corners of the Globe (2006) was born. The album is an amazing mix of punk, ska, reggae and blues bonded together with the energy and passion of musicians who have great faith in music. The Black Market believe the real purpose of music is to effect social change. Toby Market says “We think a lot about humanity at Black Market HQ. We have all been labelled idealistic, even hippies, for the way we see the world. Basically, this is official Black Market ideology: if everyone woke up tomorrow and decided not to hurt anybody else and to do the best by their friends and neighbours, then the world would be a better place.” The whole ethos of To All Corners of the Globe reflects this ideology with songs about oppression and injustice juxtaposed against songs about the power of unity and friendship. It’s positive and designed to uplift.

The songs, particularly Let’s Have A Word are receiving airplay across Australia on Triple J, Bay FM and 4ZZZZ and the album, distributed through Reverberation, is selling well. The filmclip of the song has been shown nationally on Rage (the ABC).

For The Black Market, music and lifestyle go hand in hand. As Toby Market explains: “Popular music comes and goes, trends come and go but the underground punk scene of Australia and the world will always be here. Although a lot of people try, what we have is something that cannot be faked.” And that sums this band up: not fake, real people playing real music for the real enjoyment of their burgeoning fan base.
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Lyrics

Let's Have A Word

Written By: Toby Market

LET’S HAVE A WORD
(T. MARKET)

NO ONE EVER TOLD ME LIFE WOULD BE FAIR
WHAT’S THAT GOT TO DO WITH ME AND GETTING MY SHARE?
WE’VE BEEN MISLED FROM THE START
YOUR GENERATION NEVER HAD TO DO IT HARD
I WANNA GET THIS MONKEY OFF MY BACK
DON’T MAKE EXCUSES FOR THE THINGS THAT YOU LACK
I DON’T CARE FOR YOUR IMMORAL STANCE
YOU DROPPED OUT KID, YOU WOULDN’T UNDERSTAND

IT’S LIKE A SHOCK, SHOCK
WELL IT AIN’T NO THING
HALF THE WORLD IS DRENCHED IN SIN
STUCK TO THE BOX FROM THE EARLY SHOW
OUTSIDE WORLD WELL NO-ONE KNOWS
IT’S BEEN GOING DOWN HILL FROM THE START
AND EVERYONE’S PLAYED THEIR PART
IT’S A KNOCK, KNOCKIN,
BETTER LET US IN
LET’S HAVE A WORD, IT’S A START

I NEVER REALLY EVEN WANTED TO VOTE
THAT’S THE CHOICE THAT YOU GOT, DON’T STOP ROCKIN THE BOAT
I THINK IT’S TIME WE STARTED TEARING IT DOWN
DON’T BE SO NAÏVE, KEEP YOUR FEET ON THE GROUND
IT WASN’T US WHO PUT THE WORLD IN THIS PLACE
BACK IN MY DAY IT WASN’T SUCH A DISGRACE
THAT’S THE POINT THAT I’M TRYING TO MAKE
MAYBE IN THE PAST WE MADE TOO MANY MISTAKES

Everytown

Written By: Toby Market

EVERYTOWN
(T. MARKET)

WE’LL I’LL THROW A BRICK TO ESCAPE THE HOPELESSNESS THAT IS OUR LIVES
WHEN OUR PARENTS CAME OUT HERE THEY HAD A GENERATIONS HOPE FRESH IN THEIR MINDS
NOW I CAN’T WALK ALONE, HOW PERCEPTIONS HAVE CHANGED WITH THE TIMES
KNOWING WE’RE TO FAR GONE DISILLUSIONED PEOPLE OF ALL KINDS

SO TOGETHER WE WILL SING…

WON’T YOU BE A FRIEND OF MINE,
I AIN’T PROMISING GOOD TIMES,
I THINK TOGETHER WE’LL BE JUST FINE,
AS ONE

WE’RE NOT HERE FOR VERY LONG AND WE DON’T HAVE TIME TO WASTE IT FIGHTING
BY THE TIME THAT WE GET OLD IT’LL BE A TIDAL WAVE OF CHANGE WE’LL BE RIDING
LIVING UNDERGROUND TO ESCAPE THE NUCLEAR RAYS THAT ARE SHINING
THERE’LL BE NOTHING LEFT TO DO, HOLD ON TIGHT THERE’S NO POINT IN HIDING

SO TOGETHER WE WILL SING…

All That's Gold

Written By: Toby Market

ALL THAT’S GOLD
(T. MARKET)

YOU CAN’T FOOL PEOPLE ALL THE TIME
THERE’S A TENDENCY TO WALK THE LINE
I’M ALWAYS CAREFUL OF WHAT PEOPLE SAY
WHAT THEY MEAN IT’S SO FAR AWAY
ALL THE YEARS WE BEEN HERE
FRIENDS AIN’T ALWAYS BEEN SO NEAR
BUT WE BEEN HERE FROM THE START
THAT’S HOW WE KNOW ITS FROM THE HEART

I DID MY WRONG, THE KIND THAT YOU CAN’T RUN FROM
I DONE MY TIME, I HELL AS AINT WALKING THE LINE
WELL IN ALL THESE YEARS, SPENT IT ALL HIDING MY FEARS
I DID MY WRONG, THE KIND THAT YOU CAN’T RUN FROM

I’VE BEEN ALONE
HAD A HEART THAT WAS HARD AS A STONE
I LET IT GO
CAUSE IN THE END WHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE
ALL THAT’S GOLD
DON’T GLITTER WHEN YOU GOT NO-ONE
DON’T LET ‘EM GO CAUSE YOU KNOW
THEY’LL ONLY LET YOU DOWN

LIKE THE GENERATION THAT CAME BEFORE
I’M SO BORED WITH THAT US FORCE
IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT THEY SAY
IT’S WRONG TO TAKE AND TAKE AND TAKE
THERE’S MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD
WHO CAN’T FEED KIDS WITH EMPTY WORDS
IN THE END WHO WILL PAY
HOPEFULLY WE ALL CAN SAY

Old Guildford Town

Written By: Toby Market

OLD GUILDFORD TOWN
T. MARKET

WE DRANK AND WE SMOKED IN OLD GUILDFORD TOWN
WE LAUGHED AND MADE FRIENDS
THINGS WERE NOT LOOKING DOWN
Til a sound that RANG OUT LIKE ENEMY SHELLS
THOSE WARFARING BASTARDS WILL SEND US TO HELL
IN london’s BIG HOUSE THEY SURE SHOWED US HOW
BIG WHEELS OF JUSTICE WILL COME CRASHING DOWN
THEY BEAT ME THOUGH I TOLD THE TRUTH ALL ALONG
THEY THREW ME IN PRISON I DONE NOTHING WRONG

I SAT IN THE CELL FOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE DAYS
IT WAS NOTHING TO THE FIFTEEN YEARS THAT I PAID
FOR MOST OF MY LIFE LIFE ROTTING AWAY
AND ALL THOSE YEARS LATER THE TRUTH DID COME OUT
I WENT OUT TO MILFORD TO VISIT HIS PLOT
I DIDN’T CARE THE YEARS I HAD LOST
BUT I HATED THAT HE HAD PAID THE FINAL COST

AND THE YEARS THEY GO BY SO FAST
AND OUR FEARS THEY COULD NOT OUTLAST
ALL THE YEARS THEY GO BY SO FAST
AND OUR FEARS THEY COULD NOT OUTLAST

Guglietto

Written By: Toby Market

GUGLIETTO

HOW CAN THEY THINK NAUGHT OF IT
THINKIN OF THE PROFIT
AND WHO THEY’RE ROBBING,
SOBBING WHEN THEY’RE COPPING FROM IT.
SHOT IN THE BACK, CONTRADICTION,
A NATIONS FULL OF FACTIONS,
IT’S NOT SELF DEFENCE,
LEAVE NO CHANCE FOR A REACTION.
THE COPS OFF’D EM
HAPPENS ALL TOO OFTEN
LIKE THE CIA
WITH THE MASS PRE-ORDERED COFFINS,
ST BELLINGHAM SAID IT WAS A SCAM
NOT IN HIS WORDS BUT TORTURING THE ACCUSATIONS RAN.

GUGLIETTO
THE SEVEN NO FIGHT.

AND A HAND GRENADE,
THE GRAND SCALE THAT IT SHOULD HAVE PLAYED
ALL THE EVIDENCE,
IN A POLE NEAR WHERE IT LAID.
GUERILLA FIGHT FOR FREEDOM
WE KNOW JUST WHERE YOU LEAD EM,
C1 DEATH SQUAD AMBUSH
HERE’S YOUR RIGHTS, NOW FUCKIN READ THEM
THE PRICE OF FREEDOM IS THE PRICELESS HAVE TO LEAD EM,
IS NOT A WASTE CAUSE SO MANY HEAR THEM

Walls

Written By: Toby Market

WALLS

HUMANITY’S HYPOCRISY
WHAT HAVE YOU PROVED TO ME?
THERE’S NO TWO SIDES IN THIS CASE
ONE WORLD, ONE SIDE, NO CASE.
DIFFERENT CULTURES, WE HAVE TO PROTECT THEM
YOU DON’T HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, JUST ACCEPT IT
THERE’S ALREADY ENOUGH PAIN IN THE WORLD

AND THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT THE WALL
IS THAT ONE DAY IT WILL FALL.
AS YOU CAN SEE FROM GERMANY
THE DIVIDING WALL IS AN ATROCITY

MUGABE’S ZIMBABWE
BUSH, BLAIR, HOWARD, WHO’S COUNTRY?
IRAQ’S STRATEGIC PLAN
WESTERN BULLETS NOW IN DEMAND
ISREAL AND PALESTINE
TALL WALLS AND FEUDAL LINES
WHY NOT TWO CULTURES IN ONE PLACE
AND HOPE IN THE STREETS, NO LONGER LAID TO WASTE

Discography

Subtle as a Brick (2005)
To All Corners of the Globe (2006)