Clouds

Clouds, written and performed with love, passion and feeling, for all the loving, passionate and beautiful people in my life that make this world a better a place because they are in it. 

Pandora’s Box, What’s Inside?

The latest Dark Universe release, Pandora’s Box ushers in a new chapter in the Dark matters of the universe story book.

Pandora originated from the ashes of what was a brutally heavy demo inspired by The Handmaids Tale book and TV series, entitled ‘Bastardes Tyrannis’.

The song was allowed to develop into new form, finding its way into the D’Verse gravitational pull. The subject matter lightened up a little and Donna and I put quite a bit of work into multiple lyrical revisions, eventually becoming Pandora’s Box.

Check out Pandora on Reverbnation.

The backing was recorded by myself (Jaime) on Pro Tools and Donna adding vocals in the ‘inspiration room’ with Graham Greene at the console. The track was then reconstructed and mixed by J. The process was consistent with D’Verse’s Why Can’t I Be You.

And so, we venture into a brave new world post Dark Universe Mark 1 and the D’Verse electronic project. Essentially the two projects have been merged and will move forward as a ‘Jaime Page’ project, but with guest appearances as the music progresses. (As in the ‘feat. Donna G’ on Pandora). For future releases most vocal duties will be carried by J unless otherwise credited.

In a new era of music making where everything has changed, there was a realisation that one had to change with it, and the stripped back approach of D’Verse seemed the way forward, but bringing along the heavier guitar stylings and darker melodic nature of DU.

Expect much more in the coming few months as the music develops and the Dark Universe/D’Verse spirals collide.

Thanks for reading, listening and being so supportive!

Jaime Page, July 2019.

Guitar As Voice

Jaime Page

It appears that there is a little more interest in some of my experimental solo guitar tracks, which is a pleasant surprise. What a great excuse to do a few more!

Anyway, check out the VIP bonus track version of SS Rejected from Into The Black and a demo called Open Your Heart, which would have been on the first album but never made it. 

Also checkout the rest of the catalogue on Reverbnation…

Lightning In A Bottle – The Around The Sound Interview

Dark Universe The Band

Click here to read an in-depth article written by Shane Pinnegar. We dug pretty deep here as Shane knows how to get the best out of me!

Lightning In A Bottle…

Read the full article at  Around The Sound…

“It’s interesting you say that, actually,” Page responds humbly. “We’re not contrived with how we approach it, but that’s how I work: it’s all about emotion. Everything is about emotion, and we had that many moments in the studio that those tingles just kept coming back time and time again as we kept tweaking and playing with things, and there were tears from different people at different times.

“We saw these weird little emotional responses going on, because we were hitting some really, really powerful places. We were getting right to the heart of things… because with me there is no middle ground – if I’m feeling something, I’m gonna write about it.”

Travel Into The Black With Dark Universe

Check this related article, also from Around The Sound…

 

 

 

 

D’Verse – Our Elektrik Revolution

D’Verse is a sister project of Dark Universe. Stripped back, simple and hooky, we get to explore our poppier, experimental side. As with all Dark Universe related projects, the influences run deep!

We unleash the full original set at The Civic Hotel in Inglewood on Thursday, January 24 with an hour set as a part of the Double Showcase with friend and guitar wonder-person Graham Greene.

For more Dark Universe and D’Verse checkout our Reverbnation page as well as our D’Verse Facebook page…

Play the music and read the lyrics at https://www.reverbnation.com/darkuniverse/song/30347469-why-cant-i-be-you-dverse

Whatever Song Lyrics

Whatever

 

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Whatever…

It’s whatever you want it to be…

Pictures lie in broken glass
Black and white is fading fast
Waiting for the world to end
Somethings never built to last…

Whatever…

The love you never thought to find
Passed you by and left you behind

Whatever…
It’s whatever you want it to be…

Spoken Word

Pictures of a broken dream
Shattered words and endless scenes
Time knows the reasons why
Don’t assume you were born to die

The remnants of a broken heart
The script you never thought you’d start

Whatever…
It’s whatever you want it to be…

 

© Dark Universe – Jaime Page 2018.

 

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…

Read the full interview…

 

 

 

 

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/