Ancientvisionz Interview Jaime Page Dark Universe

Read the interview on Ancientvisionz with Jaime Page (Me!) on all things Dark Universe.

 

1. How would you describe your music?

I think my music is always evolving and can be difficult for me to categorise as such. On any given day it can veer from dramatic and heavy to bright and tender. My original intent was to create music that hard a dark, ethereal beauty.

2. What gave you the idea for the single title? 

Weight of the World reflects a crushing weight of oppression. It is quite universal. That oppression could be political, societal or simply the weight of one’s own expectations. The song title is often the starting point for my writing as it gives me an image in my mind’s eye with which to paint the music. I love titles that imply heaviness and I guess Weight of the World does that!

3. Do you work together with others in the writing process?

My songs are always fully formed before I present them to the band but I leave heaps of room…

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Into The Black Preview and Song Lyric

Listen to a preview of Into The Black, the title track from the new Dark Universe album and buy your copy on iTunes…

 

INTO THE BLACK

I CAN SEE BUT I CAN’T HEAR YOU
I CAN TOUCH BUT I CAN’T FEEL
I WANT LOVE BUT I GET PAIN
I NEED HOPE BUT I LOSE YOU AGAIN

INTO THE BLACK

WE CAN LOVE AND NEVER MEAN IT
YOU WONDER WHY SHE GOT AWAY
YOU BELIEVED IT YOU WHEN YOU KISSED HER
BUT LOST THE WORDS YOU SHOULD HAVE SAID

INTO THE BLACK

INTO THE BLACK
WHY WON’T YOU HOLD ME

INTO THE BLACK
DIDN’T YOU CARE?

INTO THE BLACK
DIDN’T YOU WANT ME?

INTO THE BLACK
YOU’RE NEVER THERE

WE CAN LIVE AND NEVER KNOW IT
LIVE YOUR LIFE IN SHADES OF GREY

THERE’S NO COMING BACK WHEN YOU’RE GOING
HOLD ON TIGHT AND SEIZE THE DAY

INTO THE BLACK…

Seventh Heaven Lyrics – Into The Black

Seventh Heaven

Seventh is the lead track on the Into The Black album. The lyric is a combination of energy, empowerment and fight-back. Listen to the track on Reverbnation and buy the album on iTunes.

“You know a little about my story. Heaven is waiting…”

The Karma has begun
The hunter turns to run
It’s time for you to see
Just what you did to me

I shall be released
The earth my soul to keep
All that holds me down
Lay 6 feet underground

Why should I care?
You never cared for me.
Why should I run?
Can’t take this away from me!

My Seventh Heaven
Our Song Of Freedom
In Seventh Heaven Now

You’ll Never Take Me Down

In Seventh Heaven
You’ll Never Take Me Down

This Viper coils and bites
The victim turns to fight
It’s time for you to know
Just how you crawled so low

Be not sad or poor
Smash the frozen door
Believe this world you made
Be free from all that hate

Why should I care?
You never cared for me.
Why should I run?
Can’t take this away from me!

My Seventh Heaven
Our Song Of Freedom
In Seventh Heaven Now

You’ll Never Take Me Down

In Seventh Heaven
You’ll Never Take Me Down

Goodbye Hello

Why should I care?
You never cared for me.
Why should I run?
Can’t take this away from me!

My Seventh Heaven
Our Song Of Freedom
In Seventh Heaven Now

 

© Dark Universe – Jaime Page 2018

Pics by Pete Gardner Photography

Rock & Roll’s Maria Haskins Reviews Into The Black

Rock & Roll Maria Into The Black Review

Many thanks to Maria Haskins at Rock & Roll mag for truly getting us.

Read the review here and show Maria some love by pressing the like button!

Album review – JAIME PAGE’S DARK UNIVERSE “Into the Black”

DU-IntoTheBlack2017-coversampleTwo years ago, Jaime Page released an astounding EP called “Dark Universe” that absolutely floored me. Now, Page and the band (Craig Skelton, Michael Burn, and vocalist Donna Greene) are back with a new album called “Into The Black”. Before listening to my advance copy of this release, I wondered what to expect. “Dark Universe” seemed to be such a singular achievement. I needn’t have worried. “Dark Universe” was obviously only one step in the remarkable musical journey of Jaime Page’s Dark Universe.

“Into the Black” is a spectacular release on every level. Each track is a heavy, melodic gem, full of fire and darkness and emotions. There’s a depth and grandeur to this release that made Pink Floyd come to mind more than once as I listened. Not because this sounds like Pink Floyd, really, but because Pink Floyd is another band that has this kind of epic feel to their music.

Just like “Dark Universe”, “Into The Black” conjures a lot of its magic in the alchemy between Donna Greene’s masterful vocals and Jaime’s inspired guitar-work. You can hear it right away on the soaring “7th Heaven”, a melodic hard-rock beauty with echoes of The Beatles (goodbye hello). On “Weight of the World” the magic is darker, and the tune has a fierce, dark and almost operatic vibe, with a chilling rendition of Rule Britannia making an appearance (“masters of all that destroys us“). I get serious chills listening to this track.

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Title track “Into the Black” is another one of my favourites, with riffs heavy enough to rattle all your bones, a gorgeous melodic depth below the riffs, and a raw and harrowing strength in Donna Greene’s outstanding vocals.

You can pick any track on this release – there’s not a weak one in the bunch.

There’s the sadness and melodic poetry of “Bleed Me Dry”; the almost otherworldly emotional and majestic feel of “Don’t Go”; and the all-out rocking awesomeness of “God Help the Rest of Us” (“life sucks and then you die“).

I just can’t overstate how excellent this release is. There’s a lot of darkness here to be sure, but at every turn, there is also light shining through that darkness. On “Shatter”, for example, the sheer emotional power of the music and lyrics gives me goosebumps and even makes me tear up. And “Falling In A Dream” is a freaking marvel of a tune – a dreamy and beautiful darkness, with that light glistening on top.

“Whatever” is another devastatingly good tune, softer and slower, as the lyrics speak about anxiety and depression and fear and how all things must end, with Page’s guitar shimmering through it all like a bit of hope shining through the clouds. The gentle vibe is there again on “Alone at the End of the World”, a tune that is a divine slice of gentle, wistful sadness.

My verdict: this album is one of the best things I’ve heard all year.

The CD launch for “Into the Black” takes place on April 28th at Badlands Bar in Perth. Find all the details on the band’s website: http://www.darkuniverse.com.au/

Falling In A Dream Review

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Song Review: Falling In A Dream (Pre-Release Preview).

Pre-release preview of “Falling in a Dream” by Steven Phillips of 70’s to now – we love it! on Facebook.

Thank you Jaime, this was an absolute joy to listen to, the emotions I felt were intense, and left me feeling uplifted.

It really is like Kate Bush and Black Sabbath had a lovechild, prog rock has a new anthem….soaring melodies with deep powerful undertones, power and delicacy combined, reminds me of Gestaltism.

This principle maintains that when the human mind (perceptual system) forms a percept or “gestalt”, the whole has a reality of its own, independent of the parts.

Look forward to the release, and a video I can spam to everyone on social media.
Keep going 

 

Falling Off The Edge Of The World

And thus, the time had come, and the mighty beast that is Into The Black reached its inevitable journey Into The Light. At last!

Okay so I am getting a bit ahead of myself here, but the truth is that we are almost there, and karmically apt date of 27/01/2018 will reach its destination, look over the edge and ruminate on the mighty leap of faith that is nigh.

As many of you know, I tend to runneth over emotionally, but that is what makes me who I am. The time has come to arrange said slathers of emotion into running order.

Now there is a saying in the Dark Universe that is a little similar to a particular news blog that rates tweets by a quantity of Pinnochios for their ‘fakeness’. Our ‘Pinnochio’ is a F***ity F***.

The F***ity F*** has found new meaning as we ride the wave of feelings we have for what we have produced. There has been an avalanche of said F***ity F***s.

I am personally quite keen on a concept we call PowerTrip. The idea is to rock you hard with the more immediate Power songs for a technical ‘Side One’ and then take you with us as we jump off the edge of the world, with our darkest emotional pieces. The ‘Trip’ so to speak.

Well, all I can think now is #F***ity F***. I am so proud of what we have achieved as a group and as a production team with Stuart James. I feel that we have extracted every single bit of emotion we could have done, and my god we have loved every minute of it. Well, almost, there was the time when.

More info about a release date coming soon!

Lotsa love

Jaime

 

 

Track of the Day – JAIME PAGE’S DARK UNIVERSE ‘If’

Thank you, Maria! Love you so much!

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I mentioned this tune in a post earlier this year about the new album coming from Jaime Page’s Dark Universe (read all about it) and it has haunted me since I watched the video. It is such a beautiful tune, and the fact that this live-version just about breaks my heart and heals it again is really something. Spectacular performances from the band and a special mention for vocalist Donna Greene who is just astonishing (as always).

Give this a listen, and read my interview with Jaime Page. Find out all the details about the album on the Dark Universe website.

Page had this to say about ‘If’:

From Jaime: If constantly reminds me to tell the ones dear to me that I love them. It also tells a story of loss and wishing you had taken a different course in life. Ultimately though, it serves as…

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Dark Universe – Shatter – Updated 2018

Shatter

Here is the final version of Shatter from the Into The Black album with updated lyrics.

We appreciate for support. Listen here for free and buy the album on iTunes. We still have some hard copy CD’s available. Buy yours here…

 

Shatter Lyrics (Into The Black version)

I never thought it would end this way
And who’d believe we would see the day
Finding out what it’s like to be
That’s the price of living free

I didn’t think it would hurt so bad
And I hate to think that I’d made you sad
But some things are meant to be
And I had to go…

That I’d end up as a memory
(And) One you’d rather forget
I would think of you every day
And the love that we had…

And My World Would Shatter

Some things don’t make much sense
What you see isn’t what you get
Still, I smile, believe in you
Turn and walk away

My World Shatters

I am who I am
We are what we feel
If God gave you everything
Then she took it away…
Just swept it away…

Then your world would shatter
It would shatter
Shatter…

Who’d have thought it would end this way
Who’d believe the price we pay
Give your life to be living free
Give my life to be

© Jaime Page Dark Universe 2018

Dark Universe’s Shatter Live: Deepest Black Friday, October 13th, The Civic Hotel.

Shatter is a new song from the upcoming Into The Black album. It is a poignant tale that has a universal (pun intended) theme. Whilst I have my own personal take on Shatter the crux of the song is about the price we pay for freedom.

Escape to freedom may come in many forms; abusive relationships, political struggle, racial, religious and gender/sexual oppression, and humans being horrid to other humans, which has been going on for aeons.

Shatter refers to the situation in which you are only accepted should you conform to someone else’s views or control. You escape, but the cost is a heavy one. I am certain everyone that reads this has had an experience that they can relate to with Shatter.

Anyway, when all is said and done be true to yourself, and break any chains that hold you down. You are worth it.

Jaime Page

 

Original Shatter Lyrics
(Since Edited but here is the raw version)

I never thought it would end this way
And who’d believe we would see the day
Finding out what it’s like to be me
That’s the price of living free

I didn’t think it would hurt so bad
And I hate to think that I’d made you sad
But some things are meant to be
And I had to go…

That I’d end up as a memory
(And) One you’d rather forget
I would think of you every day
And the love that we had…

And My World Would Shatter

Some things don’t make much sense
What you want is not always what you get
And when you try to take it back
They don’t want to know

And Your World Would Shatter

You would shatter

I am who I am
You are what you feel
If God gave you everything
Then took it away…
Just Swept it away…
Then Your World Would Shatter

It would shatter
Shatter…

Who’d have thought it would end this way
Who’d believe the price we pay
Give your life to be living free
Give your life to be me

 © Jaime Page/Dark Universe Records 2017

Special thanks to:
Donna Greene, Craig Skelton, Michael Burn, Bob De Wolff, Graham Piper, John Davies @21CC, Anthony Francis Steele, Maria Haskins @rockandroll, Andrew Thompson @ Big Squeeze Promotions, Stuart James, Daniel Low, and all of you that support us so unconditionally. xxx

About The Deepest Black Lyric Video

 

Deepest Black is the song that really started me on a new path of creativity. It took many years to work out who I was as a musician, but this song has given me a reason to go on ironically. (Read the words to get that).

I remember playing it in its first version to producer Stuart James at Kosmic. He practically started convulsing. Either it made him ill, or it hit him hard. The second option was correct, and Stuey has pushed and supported me ever since that day. We both love music that moves the soul.

The second victim was Donna Greene. We had just played a charity gig at the Rocket Room, which was our first glimpse of what would be our new musical vehicle, even though it was more to get Donna out and help her with the MS fight-back thing.

Donna asked me what I had been up to, so I played the same DB demo. Donna also convulsed. Not from the MS, or a bad tummy, but from a wave of raw emotion. You can see that emotion very clearly in this lyric vid. It may be subtle, but let go for the ride and immerse yourself, feel it with us. Donna also loves music that touches the soul, and at the deepest levels!

That is what Deepest Black is all about. The ability to feel. Empath along with us!!!

Jaime xxx

Jaime Page The Profile Interview

I recently had the delightful opportunity to be interviewed by my old friend Gary Dunn for The Profile.

Gary and I have known each other in one form or another since our high-school days in Whyalla, and have worked together many times, at Kosmic as well as at various gigs and events.

The beauty of the situation is that we know and understand each other so well. The interview covers a lot of ground, though we could have gone on for much longer.

My career has been an interesting one for sure, even if it did not pan out as expected.  We cover the Brian May saga, my UK experiences and much more. Watch the video for more!

Many thanks to Mark Whitehouse and all at Pro Copy, Alan Simpson, Gary Dunn and Phil Strachan.