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by The Goths



A song for our times, conceived way back. Global warming, military invasion, pandemic, all are referenced in ‘Arch’s prescient relevance to the present. It's thirty years since The Goths were last in the studio. In that time much has changed, but not the lyrics to their freshly recorded new release ‘Arch’. Written in the shadows of a dimly lit, early 90's Brisbane nightclub, ‘Arch’ is a prophetic ode with a melancholic, end-of-times vision more relevant today than ever before.


I see an arch in front of me
I know not where it leads to
And there's a mountain valley deep
A silky river running through
I see a city in the trees
Its people know not what to do
They fear the fierce dragon's spleen
They fear the end is coming to them
From far away the thunder roars
As the ship sets out to sea
And there's the sound of bloody war
Oh who will set the people free
I see a land that has no law
I see a blood red river deep
And into darkness I must go
Into this arch in front of me


released March 9, 2022
words by Percy Blakeney
music by Percy Blakeney and Johnny Stowmarries
'Arch' features Johnny Stowmarries on vocals

recorded, mixed and produced by Clay Schreiber
Recorded at Aldergrove Studios in Brisbane
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The Goths Brisbane, Australia

The Goths are a goth duo from Brisbane, formed in 1987, featuring singer-songwriters Johnny Stowmarries (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Percy Blakeney (vocals, bass).
Beginning in the 80s, with solid longstanding nocturnal residencies at The Bohemian, gigs in the 90s included Bertie's & Metropolis, The Sitting Duck, and The Dead Rat. The Goths were also one of the first performing acts at The Zoo.
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