Four arms, four legs, two heads, wood, metal and plastic. JOHN. It’s a cryptic and unsearchable band name but it serves an important manifesto. Not only is it logical – being comprised of John Newton (drums/lead vocals) and Johnny Healey (guitar/backing vocals) – but it’s deliberately mundane, a response to the sensationalism that was often promoted through rock music when JOHN began playing together in 2013. “It’s a bit like shooting yourself in the foot,” explains Newton, “but it helps remind you that the creative drive is what’s central to the project. The sensational collateral is just cladding that can easily become a hindrance to your intentions”. Drawing inspiration from the DIY approach of independent enterprises such as Dischord Records, the pair formed in London’s East End opting to self-manage, self-release and self-distribute. The band released their debut LP ‘God Speed in the National Limit’ on their own imprint Pets Care Records in 2017. Critical praise swiftly followed and led to invites to support peers inc. IDLES, Mclusky and METZ. 2019 saw the arrival of a second album, ‘Out Here on the Fringes’, which catapulted the band into the UK Indie Vinyl Chart Top 40 & Album of the Day on BBC 6. 2021 saw the arrival of critically acclaimed UK charting LP ‘Nocturnal Manoeuvres’, followed by 2023’s UK No.1 Vinyl Single ‘Theme New Bond Junior’. New Single ‘Trauma Mosaic’ opens up what promises to be yet another busy year from the truly uncompromisingly powerful duo.
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