Brace yourselves, punks, because the dynamic London duo known as JOHN has just dropped a musical bombshell that'll rattle your eardrums and stir your soul. Their latest full-length album, A Life Diagrammatic, is a sonic explosion that defies conventions and embraces the raw power of punk with a cinematic twist. Released today via Brace Yourself Records/Pets Care Records, this album is poised to leave an indelible mark on the music scene.
"JOHN take from the hammering, cycling drones of icons like Wire, summoning invigorating power in the repetitions and rumbling fuzzes," raves Guitar World. And they're right on the money – JOHN, consisting of John Newton on drums and lead vocals and Johnny Healey on guitar and backing vocals, have crafted an album that channels the essence of punk while pushing boundaries.
The album, recorded by Tom Hill at The Bookhouse in South London, mixed by Seth Manchester, and mastered by Frank Arkwright, showcases JOHN's evolution as they redefine the limits of a guitar and drums two-piece. The result is a collection of tracks that are both visceral and textured, making it a must-listen for punk aficionados and music explorers alike.
Accompanying the album release is the electrifying single “At Peacehaven,” a track that combines taut, explosive rhythms with immersive textures. Newton reflects, "It’s a pretty cinematic view with the town staring out contemplatively across the channel, the sea almost appearing like a wall at the end of each road. We’ve always attempted to capture various quotidian scenes throughout our music, and it seemed interesting that a place that is somewhat defined by time’s passing could feel so stagnant and still."
But that's not all! JOHN is taking their sonic assault across the pond for their debut North American tour, a 15-date rampage that kicks off in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 3rd. Having shared stages with the likes of Mclusky, METZ, Viagra Boys, and IDLES, these London punks are set to captivate audiences on the other side of the Atlantic.
A Life Diagrammatic offers a glimpse into JOHN's captivating and genre-defying essence. Tracks like “A Submersible” seamlessly blend ambient shoegaze with raw aggression, while “Service Stationed” delivers infectious hooks amid pummeling guitars and guttural vocals. It's this unique blend of thought, ambition, and scope that sets JOHN apart in the indie-rock landscape.
As guitarist and backing vocalist Johnny Healey puts it, "we're not just a rock band. There's more to it than that." Indeed, JOHN is a force to be reckoned with, and their new album is a testament to their unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of music.
Don't miss your chance to experience the chaos and catharsis of JOHN's A Life Diagrammatic and catch them live on their North American tour this October. It's punk rock like you've never heard before – unapologetically loud, relentlessly raw, and undeniably JOHN.
03 — Phoenix, AZ — Linger Longer Lounge
04 — Los Angeles, CA — The Echo
05 — Santa Ana, CA — Constellation Room
07 — San Francisco, CA — Brick and Mortar
10 — Seattle, WA — Sunset Tavern
11 — Portland, OR — Mission Theater
13 — Salt Lake City, UT — The DLC
14 — Denver, CO — Skylark Lounge
17 — St. Louis, MO — Off Broadway
18 — Chicago, IL — Schubas
20 — Toronto, ON — The Baby G
21 — Columbus, OH — The Basement
24 — Philadelphia, PA — Kung Fu Necktie
25 — Washington, DC — DC9
26 — Brooklyn, NY — St. Vitus