Crystal Palace-based duo JOHN have announced the release of their new album 'God Speed In The National Limit' later this year. To celebrate the news, the pair have revealed a brand new video for ‘Ghost Printer’, which is the first single to be taken from the forthcoming album. ‘Ghost Printer’ takes aim at the everyday pressures of self-improvement, with the two Johns (that make up JOHN) channeling pent-up energy into both searing instrumentation and snarled - yet surprisingly poetic - vocals. “The track presents the story of a man haunted by his own technology,” explain the band “offering a darkly comic view of the common routines we find ourselves coerced into.”
It’s precisely this combination of incisive content and noise that has become JOHN’s signature, a signature that never fails to pay off in their celebrated live show. Taking the mundane spirit of their name as a manifesto, the two piece JOHN (both members aptly named John) offer a deadpan approach that has become the recognisable force of their live performance, with an almost mechanical solidity rare for only two bodies.
Alongside the 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 otherwise comfortably fit into. This tight balance between content and volume is a sight for sore ears ... chjeck out their live dates below:
22nd June – Artrocker Presents – The Finsbury, London
15th July – Breakfast Records All-dayer – The White Rabbit, Bristol
5th August – Sunburn All-dayer – Brixton Windmill, London
9th September – DIE DAS DER Presents: Yr Welcome Lite, Wagon & Horses, Birmingham