JOHN + Guests
7.30pm Wednesday 24th May – Bedford Esquires
We’re super excited to be welcoming the return of JOHN to Bedford Esquires on Wednesday 24th May
Four arms, four legs, two heads, wood, metal and plastic. A band of two Johns from Crystal Palace, London, UK the two piece JOHN (both members aptly named John) offer a deadpan approach that has become the recognizable trait of their live performance, with an almost mechanical solidity rare for only two bodies.
Alongside the tight 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 comfortably fit into. This balance between content and volume has lead them on to stages with bands such IDLES, Mclusky and METZ, as well gathering support from BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and Seattle’s KEXP.
Last seen at tearing it up Esquires at the Ceremony Festival we can’t wait to get them back in the building. Tickets priced £12 are on sale from Seetickets from Friday 10th at 10am from Seetickets and available in person from Esquires Bar and Slide Record Shop from Friday 17th Feb.
‘In this post-truth world where alternative facts get squeezed out via the distorted prism of social media, the simplicity of a band like JOHN makes for a refreshing tonic’ Loud and Quiet ‘
Irresistibly catchy…big and loud and angry and great!’ – Simon Pegg, BBC 6Music
‘Explosive track ‘Balfron’ is akin to the rest of their LP God Speed In The National Limit. A raw pummel of drums and guitars’ – Kevin Cole, KEXP
If you are into bands like Idles, Fontaines DC, The Murder Capital, Life et al, you don’t wanna miss em.