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JOHN – ” Nocturnal Manoeuvres “

Posted: August 27, 2021 in MUSIC

‘Nocturnal Manoeuvres’ is the third album from John Newton and Johnny Healey, known collectively as JOHN. Boasting the singles ‘Šibensko Powerhouse’ and ‘A Song For Those Who Speed In Built-Up Areas’, the group once again successfully capture their unparalleled live power on record, thanks in part to the production of trusted friend Wayne Adams.

Nocturnal Manoeuvres – the new album from JOHN – finds the duo expanding upon their celebrated idiosyncrasies once more. It sees them returning to their trusted producer Wayne Adams (who was behind the boards for both of their previous albums) knowing his success in capturing their presence as a live band. Realising the expansive quality of the resulting recordings, they then enlisted mastering engineer Sarah Register (Protomartyr, Future Islands, Chastity Belt) in order to deliver the sense of space that the varied track-list deserved.

The result is a towering, titanic body of work – one that moves easily between cinematic post-rock, elastic post-hardcore and pummelling noise rock. The new record is the follow-up to their second LP, 2019’s Out Here On The Fringes, which catapulted them into the Top 40 of the UK Independent Vinyl Chart, was featured as an Album of the Day on BBC 6Music with three successive playlisted singles, and saw the band hit the road with the likes of Idles, Metz and Mclusky.

Having established an international presence with a blistering KEXP live session and a month-long journey through Europe in support of Out Here On The Fringes, JOHN return to the live stage in 2021 with a mammoth run of UK and Irish dates throughout the autumn of this. As venues continue to reopen, it offers a captivating chance to catch a band who’ve built a devoted following through the sheer energy of their live show: a celebration of the primal intensity of the guitar-drums duo as a format and a monument to idiosyncrasy, which is exactly the sort of manifesto you could attach to “Nocturnal Manoeuvres” as a whole.

“Stadium Of No” continues the riot of clever hardcore that bludgeons the senses into submission with a mental shredding of sheer noise that thrills and ends abruptly with a bang. Newton says of the track: “In parallel to the recurring motif of twenty-four hour work that runs throughout the album’s track listing, stadiums appear as hopelessly redundant monuments when they’re empty – only activated by the bodies that inhabit them. The song’s a nod to the often-overwhelming conditions of our present: a stadium-like crowd of opinions trying to shout on top of one another.” There’s no getting out of here now.

UK garage punks JOHN land on Dinked with their exclusive record getting loaded up with a signed photo book and the first instalment of their new 7’’ record series.

JOHN their forthcoming album ‘Nocturnal Manoeuvres’ to be released on the 8th October 2021 in collaboration between Brace Yourself Records & Pets Care Records.

North London’s Gengahr have today dropped a new single, ‘Heavenly Maybe’.

Premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World on BBC Radio 1, the track is lifted from their album ‘Sanctuary’, due out on January 31st 2020.

The David J. East visuals for ‘Heavenly Maybe’ is the second of a two-part video zeries the band made in Berlin earlier this year.

Band Members
Felix, Danny, John, Hugh

“Heavenly Maybe” is taken from Gengahr’s new album “Sanctuary” – out Friday January 31st, 2020. Transgressive Records