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Rhythmic alchemy: drum & guitar duo JOHN premieres ‘The Common Cold'”

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In the realm of music, striking a balance between potent live performances and meticulously constructed studio tracks is a pursuit that demands tenacity and passion. Enter JOHN, an enigmatic English duo known for their power-packed sound and inventive narratives, that have continually blurred the lines between raw on-stage vigour and nuanced studio intricacies.

Comprised of John Newton (drums, lead vocals) and Johnny Healey (guitar, backing vocals), this dynamic duo is back with their thrilling new single, ‘The Common Cold,’ from the highly anticipated album ‘A Life Diagrammatic‘ slated for release on September 22 via Brace Yourself and Pets Care Records.

Today, we are delighted to present the premiere of the music video for ‘The Common Cold,’ a track that not only punctuates the upcoming album but also encapsulates JOHN’s innovative approach to music.

This song scrutinises the limiting influence of traditions on our present and future, pushing the boundaries with its industrial, distorted drums, and wailing, siren-like guitars. A mesmerising blend of unease and intrigue invites you to plunge into the depths of the album’s concealed mysteries.

JOHN by Paul Grace
JOHN by Paul Grace

Recorded by Tom Hill at The Bookhouse in South London, mixed by Seth Manchester (METZ, Big Brave, Battles), and mastered by Frank Arkwright (Arab Strap, Squarepusher, Autechre), ‘A Life Diagrammatic’ represents JOHN‘s ambitious endeavour to merge their formidable live presence with the subtler, varied dynamics of their artistry.

As Newton puts it, “We wanted to further explore the space and ambience of our instrumentation, to offer an album that deliberately pushes and pulls in a multitude of directions throughout its duration.”

With its release on the horizon, we invite you to preorder the album at the following link here.

Catch the duo live at the following dates:

Sept 22nd | Southsea, UK – Staggeringly Good Brewery (Out-Store)
Sept 23rd | Brighton, UK – Resident (In-Store)
Sept 24th | Bristol, UK – Rough Trade Bristol (In-Store)
Sept 28th | Kingston, UK – Banquet Records (In-Store)
Sept 29th | Nottingham, UK – Rough Trade Nottingham (In-Store)
Sept 30th | London, UK – Rough Trade East (In-Store)
Oct 3rd | Phoenix, AZ – Linger Longer Lounge
Oct 4th | Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Oct 5th | Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
Oct 7th | San Francisco, CA – Brick and Mortar
Oct 10th | Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
Oct 11th | Portland, OR – Mission Theater
Oct 13th | Salt Lake City, UT – The DLC
Oct 14th | Denver, CO – Skylark Lounge
Oct 17th | St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
Oct 18th | Chicago, IL – Schubas
Oct 20th | Toronto, ON – The Baby G
Oct 21st | Columbus, OH – The Basement
Oct 24th | Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Oct 25th | Washington, DC – DC9
Oct 26th | Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus
Nov 24th | Margate, UK – Where Else
Nov 25th | Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
Dec 1st | Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
Dec 2nd | Edinburgh, UK – The Mash House
Dec 8th | Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Dec 9th | Bristol, UK – Strange Brew
Dec 10th | Tunbridge Wells, UK – The Forum
Jan 5th-7th | Bognor Regis, UK – Rockaway Beach Festival

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