Vital Music Group are hugely proud to announce their latest signing, John J Presley.
An English gent with a penchant for fuzz. Sonically a modern day Tom Waits with a full back catalogue of Kills records, and a nod to the songwriting mastery of Nick Cave. It is a story of breaking the mould, a love affair with tone, a strict discipline and desire to create something a bit different.
John J Presley and his band have been adding to their loyal fan base over the past year through their live shows in Europe and here in the UK with the likes of Band of Skulls, TOY, Temples, Jim Jones Revue, Pulled Apart By Horses and Dolomite Minor. As well as being personally invited guests to be main support on the last ever Jim Jones Revue tour, they were also named as a highlight at the 2014 Reading and Leeds Festival BBC Introducing Stage in The Times.
“If Bukowski was to join a band of our time I think it’d be this one. The vocals remind you of Tom Waits or Johnny Cash, while the guitars have the same drive, as Jack White’s or the Black Keys do, only much dirtier.” MusicNTing Blog
‘…this is an altogether darker variant of the form, one that finds itself rubbing shoulders in the twisted and twilit worlds of Tom Waits, PJ Harvey and Nick Cave. As exemplified by his two coruscating singles, ‘Left’ and ‘Honeybee’, Presley doesn’t just sing his songs; he inhabits them and in doing so invites the listener to be complicit in his shadowy tales.’ The Quietus
2015 has already seen him named as one of Xfm’s Great X-Pectations and with a forthcoming tour supporting Kill It Kid in March/April 2015. John J Presley and his band will be releasing their first EP in May with a UK tour and festival appearances to follow.
Upcoming Live Dates
Switzerland // March 6 – Caribana Studio Session
Switzerland // March 7 – Bad Bonn
Chester // March 20 – The Live Rooms (Supporting Kill It Kid)
Newcastle // March 21 – Cluny (Supporting Kill It Kid)
Manchester // March 22 – Deaf Institute (Supporting Kill It Kid)
Cambridge // March 23 – The Portland Arms (Supporting Kill It Kid)
Norwich // March 24 – Waterfront Studios (Supporting Kill It Kid)
Glasgow // March 26 – King Tuts (Supporting Kill It Kid)
Wolverhampton // March 27 – Wolves Slade Rooms (Supporting Kill It Kid)
Sheffield // March 28 – Corporation (Supporting Kill It Kid)
Bristol // March 29 – Exchange (Supporting Kill It Kid)
Liverpool // March 30 – Academy 2 (Supporting Kill It Kid)
Brighton // April 1 – Green Door Store (Supporting Kill It Kid)
June 3rd – Caribana Festival,
// July 18th – Colours of Ostrava Festival, Czech Republic