Bands who deliberately give themselves an un-Googleable moniker are the bane of any music fan (want to give A a quick search? Good luck), especially if they’re purveyors of actually decent music. It’s a problem that London duo JOHN will have to address sooner rather than later, as new EP ‘Validation’ is bound to get at least a few new fans trickling in.
Sat next to many other rock duos, JOHN sound like they would eat them for breakfast. They’re unhinged, unpredictable and off-kilter enough on the likes of ‘Bigger Man’ to really bring something different to the table.
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A couple of superfluous remixes of highlight ‘Palms’ tacked onto the end are a bit mixed – Shitwife’s take actually does a fairly decent job of mangling it into something resembling chiptune but Pulled Apart By Horses’ attempt is dull and forgettable by comparison.
But these certainly highlight the fact that JOHN are clearly trying to breathe some fresh air into a scene that has become fetid at a rate of knots. And while at this point they’re not always succeeding, they’re certainly inching in the right direction.
‘Validation’ EP by JOHN is released on 27th November on Till Deaf Do Us Party Records.
Words by Luke Nuttall (@nuttall_luke)