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Ruins was first performed in 1991. Three things, mainly, help to give Ruins a bit of a kick. First is the rhythm of the song, pretty much dictated by the rap-like flow of the lyrics. Secondly the bass sound and last was the rolling guitar riff that augments the rhythm and gives it more dynamism. Ruins came at the end of The Goths most productive spell when capturing mood and dynamism was a lot more within reach. It was almost a retelling of their earlier track Citadel, with which several parallels can be drawn, two people trying to find their way through what seems like the same environment, yet not sure whether they're looking for something or escaping from something, perhaps some cataclysmic event, while time is constantly wearing the material world away. In the process, the sense of space is also challenged. Both characters have entered this space, whatever it is or used to be, from their own specific trajectories. Ruins is anything and everything that dissipates and falls apart and goes down a more explicit path, that of the image of the skeleton of the smoldering old cathedral or temple.


It’s a clear dark night and a
Crisp white moon provides a
Silky backdrop to the ruins

Structure built to last
All time is crumbling in
Despair it lies in ruins

Ruins in the ruins

Pale young Princess northern
Blood has lost all sense of
Space and time in the ruins

Dark haired knight from southern
Lands can’t seem to find his
Mortal way through the ruins

Ruins in the ruins


from Evocations (album), track released May 11, 2019
words by Percy Blakeney
music by Percy Blakeney & Johnny Stowmarries
Ruins 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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