11th October | Louisiana
Hailing from Crystal Palace, in South London, JOHN (or ‘ROCK GODS JOHN’, as they have become popularly known) have built a strong following in Bristol following a number of blistering shows here. So, it was no surprise that this edition, in the middle of a nationwide tour to promote second album Out Here On The Fringes, sold out in double-quick time.
JOHN play a raw, earthy brand of punk rock: high-powered, not flashy, but energetic and exciting. John Healy churns out blistering guitar pieces, perfectly complementing singer/drummer John Newton’s gruff lyrics.
Debut album, God Speed In The National Limit was a fierce slice of noise, but Out Here on The Fringes promises to be the record that really breaks this band into the big time. The album has not yet been released at time of writing, but the first two singles off the record, ‘Future Thinker’ and ‘High Digger’, are both cracking tunes that point to a significant step forward in songwriting without any compromise on riffage. Both have received strong support from Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6Music.
Main support for this show comes from Cruelty, whose debut single, ‘Disgraced’, was a remarkable slice of incisive post-punk that quickly elevated them to being one of the most hotly-tipped acts on the Bristol scene. Also performing will be local noiseniks, Sugar Horse, and any band that releases a song called ‘Your Degree Is Worthless and Your Parents Aren’t Proud of You’ is clearly worth a listen.
See the video for ‘Future Thinker’ here: