Goodbye July | It Was Dark For So Long We Thought We Were Dead (LP Edition)

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It Was Dark For So Long We Thought We Were Dead (LP Edition)

by Goodbye July

This just might be Goodbye July's Black Celebration. Welcome to a dark and beautiful journey - from sadness to happiness - through an electronic soul.
Genre: Electronic: Synthpop
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1. Cybershaows
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2. Machu Picchu
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3. The Breakaway
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4. Slipping In
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5. Dirty Hands
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6. Dead Bee
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7. Death On Sunday
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8. Marigold
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9. Necessities
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10. Numbers
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11. outro
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12. Bonus Track - How Could You Not Be My Friend?
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Album Notes
Goodbye July is the (almost) solo project of Paul Rijnders of Anything Box, an American Synthpop group that has toured all over the U.S. and have gone to South America four times in the last two years for shows. Along the way, they've sold records on Epic/Sony and their own indie labels, Orangewerks and Endpop. Penthouse Magazine featured Anything Box in a six page article and called them "The Beatles of the 21st Century". He is joined by his friend Cheryl Amalfitano (formerly Kunkel) on backing vocals.

After Paul recorded the first Goodbye July album (Basura Blanca-available here, too) in 2004, he put down the synths and recorded a punk album under the name The Lamented (only available on iTunes, Rhapsody, and Napster) in his home studio. He added three traditional musicians to take the outfit live and they had several shows in Los Angeles including the Viper Room and House of Blues in Orange County. Sadly, his bandmates in the Lamented faced a host of problems including feuding, jail stints, and drug addictions. Paul was not immune to the turmoil – his mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer just when the outfit was beginning to shine.

After the unravelling of his punk band and the loss of his mother, Paul slipped into a very dark spell. His only solaces were his faithful synth roots and even more faithful bandmate, Chery, who was now married and pushing him to sing his way out. Paul attacked the abyss and emerged six months later with fully produced songs, many of which were chronicled as online demos on social networks. A few tracks were also culled and reproduced from the long abandoned "second" Goodbye July would-be album "i after e". The bonus track (How Could You Not Be My Friend?) was only re-mastered and added at the urging of Anything Box and Goodbye July fans.

This all cardboard ecopak is designed to mimic the look of old vinyl record sleeves. The artwork is provided by Baltimore artists S. Philip G. ( and makes this piece truly worth having. The album is meant to be listened to as a whole with most songs fading into each other or connected by sound effects. Paul considers this his best work to date. Only you can tell.


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Amy L. Beltran

Give us more! Goodbye July's newest creation is so much fun; an anthology of incredible honesty, fashioned by vocals and lyrics that reverberate throughout your consciousness. The pleasurable and melodious tunes are a tremendous combination of synths, trance beats, rock, and much more! “It Was Dark For So Long We Thought We Were Dead” sweeps you away and takes you there. Thank you Goodbye July!

Marcelo Gomez

A CD That Will Be A Classic
Paul (El Chinito) has once again done a CD that will soon become a classic. All the songs are remind me of early Anything Box, before Paul join the lineup. I frist saw all song titles and some of these songs seemed familar to me and when a I saw the name of the song "Numbers". It reminded me about my trip to Houston and every time I hear it, I remember that trip. I would highly recommend everyone to pick this CD and support indie artist and the music they make. Keep up the great work, Paul.

Jose Giron

On my personal list, one of the best release of 2008.
Independent music, that is how all music it should be done... This is the 2nd album from one of the member of the band Anything box and is a wonderful release as the 1st one Basura Blanca. There is nothing from Abox here on this cd, Paul has his own unique style of making music. Both of his release are pure joy for me and I can skip any track while I am listen to any of them. Great work Paul! and I hope woundn't be the last one.


One of the Best Releases of '09...
Paul Rijnders delivers what I I’d call one of the best albums of ’08 with his latest release “It Was Dark for So Long We Thought We Were Dead”. I could talk about just how well the songs are written… I could also talk about the way the songs are so brilliantly composed… But, I think the thing that really jumped out at me was the sincere emotion of the vocals. They really jumped on me from song to song rather it be the clever dance track “Machu Picchu”, the edginess of “Dead bee”, or the hauntingly beautiful track called “Cybershadows”. You need to get this album and play it very loud so your neighbors can share in the experience. Available NOW at as well...

John E.

Goodbye July does it again!
"It Was Dark for So Long We Thought We Were Dead" is another excellent work by Paul Rijnders, with help from Cheryl Amalfitano and Clause S. Whether you are more lyrically-inclined or musically-inclined, the album works great either way. From the amazing opening number "Cybershadows" to the bonus closer "How Could You Not Be My Friend", this album delivers great song after great song, as well as a variety of song styles to keep it from getting boring. Paul sings in a heartfelt style that evokes real feelings about the subject matter. This is what independent music is all about, and I can't recommend it enough.
And if you haven't picked up a copy of "Basura Blanca" yet, make sure you add that to your cart. It's a brilliant work that is at times whimsical, at times sad, at times funny and at times poignant, all packaged together with some unforgettable melodies. I've had that album for about 18 months now and it is never far from my CD player.