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Black Laugh

from Lost Art (album) by The Goths



The cliché of someone laughing 'blackly' is not new and has been often associated with the stereotype of the evil mastermind or the Count in his castle. 'Black Laugh' captures a mood or atmosphere in the sense that it uses the idea of a story to give the impression of a story being told and as such has all the classic clichés in Western European romanticism of the late 18th century, the brooding aristocrat, the unattainable love, the faux mythological references.


I met a man who lived in gloom. Illumination left his room. His hair was long, a flowing stream, caressed his skin as in a dream. And in his eyes there was a void. This automatic, live android! Oh and laughter was his bane. He’ll never be the same again.

He told me he had once a lover and to compare there was no other. That took him back to ancient Rome, where in a temple, all alone, scripts of unknown lore were read and they on honeydew were fed. Oh and laughter was her name. He’ll never be the same again.

My friend looks up, his face is pale and in his eyes I see his tale, reflecting light and life and more as if they are two gilded doors. But now in spite of all the pain, his eyes light up. He can’t explain. Oh and laughter lives again! He’s going to be the same again.


from Lost Art (album), track released April 10, 2019
words by Percy Blakeney
music by Percy Blakeney and Johnny Stowmarries
'Black Laugh' features Percy Blakeney on vocals

recorded, mixed and produced by James North
Recorded at James North Productions 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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