Taking the mundane spirit of their name as a manifesto, Crystal Palace based two piece JOHN (both members aptly named John) offer a deadpan approach that has become the recognisable trait of their live performance, with an almost mechanical solidity rare for only two bodies. Alongside the tight rhythmic synchronisation of guitar and drums, introspective lyrics suggest that literature and spoken word are just as important inﬂuences as the Punk, Noise and Rock genres they might comfortably ﬁt into.
This balance between content and volume has lead them on to stages with bands such IDLES, Mclusky and METZ, as well gathering support from BBC 6Music and Seattle’s KEXP. If you were in need of anymore persuasion, 2017’s debut God Speed In The National Limit sets the tone, with 2019’s Out Here On The Fringes cementing their reputation as a unique live force.
Rough Trade Album’s Of The Year 2019
BBC Radio 6 Album Of The Day
Loud and Quiet Tracks Of The Year 2019 – High Digger
Winners of Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music Roundtable for single Future Thinker
“In this post-truth world where alternative facts get squeezed out via the distorted prism of social media, the simplicity of a band like JOHN makes for a refreshing tonic’ – Loud & Quiet “Irresistibly catchy…big and loud and angry and great!” – Simon Pegg, BBC Radio 6 Music
Out Here On The Fringes
God Speed In The National Limit
Local Blood Sport
Palms (Shitwife Remix)
Palms (Pulled Apart By Horses Remix)
Big Game Tactics