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The South London sonic powerhouse that is JOHN have just launched their latest incendiary device onto the world.

The cryptically titled A Song For Those Who Speed In Built-Up Areas is a moody three-minute hell-ride of ferocious post-Covid anger; a raging monster that features all the trademark components of classic JOHN only sounding louder, maturer…angrier. Available to stream now, a physical 7″ version will also be released on 2nd July via Brace Yourself and Pets Care (limited to 500 copies). This is JOHN’s first new material to be released since 2019’s acclaimed Out Here On The Fringes album, which Louder Than War’s contributors voted second best album of 2019.

John Newton (drums & vocals) and Johnny Healey (guitars, backing vocals) say of the new track;

“We had the title written down for quite a few years, and it seemed to perfectly fit the sentiment and structure of the music as lyrics. These words guided us to a narrative image: a driver who is so wrapped up in themselves and their journey that they don’t seem to realise that the car is slowly filling with water. I guess it can be read as a slightly barbed reminder to have a sense of responsibility within the world, especially amongst constant calls for individual self-improvement.

“Musically, the tempo is rather consistent, perhaps less frenetic than some of our past material, and we recognised and enjoyed this difference. Using ‘less is more’ as our mantra, we were interested in the way the track could gradually carve itself from a pretty constant groove, a bit like a car meandering on a long journey.”

The single comes accompanied by a video that traces the journey of the JOHN’s signature lightbox to a live show, touching upon the day-to-day life for a working, touring band. As the video’s director Tom Brewins (USA Nails, Death Pedals) puts it:

“For me, the stark reality of playing a gig is the monotony of loading in gear, waiting around, performing, loading out and driving home before you’ve remembered to even enjoy yourself. It’s all a lot of self-imposed work for a 30-minute buzz on stage. I felt shooting this process from the point of view of JOHN’s memorable lightbox was a way to encapsulate the repetitive motions a band goes through on a nightly basis”

Watch the video for A Song For Those Who Speed In Built-Up Areas here:

Pre-order the A Song For Those Who Speed In Built-Up Areas 7″ here

JOHN also return to the live stage in 2021 with a mammoth run of UK and Irish dates throughout the autumn of this year, preceded by two socially distanced shows at London’s Studio 9294 next month:

June 19th | London, UK – Studio 9294 (socially distanced)
Sept 1st | Milton Keynes, UK – Crauford Arms
Sept 2nd | Cambridge, UK – Portland Arms
Sept 3rd | Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
Sept 2nd-5th | Larmer Tree Gardens – End of the Road festival*
Sept 9th | Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
Sept 10th | Exeter, UK – The Cavern
Sept 11th | Liverpool, UK – Futurama festival
Sept 12th | Hebden Bridge, UK – Trades Club
Sept 18th | Leicester, UK – Wide Eyed Festival
Sept 19th | Sheffield, UK – O2 Academy 2
Sept 30th | Tunbridge Wells, UK – The Forum
Oct 1st-3rd | Liverpool, UK – Sound City festival*
Oct 2nd | Blackpool, UK – Bootleg Social
Oct 6th | Nottingham, UK – The Bodega
Oct 7th | Wrexham, UK – Focus Wales festival
Oct 9th | Dublin, IE – Whelan’s (Upstairs)
Oct 10th | Glasgow, UK – Stereo
Oct 12th | Stockton, UK – The Georgian Theatre
Oct 13th | Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Oct 14th | Manchester, UK – YES
Oct 14th-17th | Norwich, UK – Wild Paths festival*
Oct 16th | Reading, UK – Face Bar
Oct 17th | Bristol, UK – Thekla
Oct 19th | Oxford, UK – The Bullingdon
Oct 20th | Brighton, UK – Patterns
Oct 21st | Southampton, UK  – The Lft
Oct 22nd | London, UK – Moth Club

* = day to be announced

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