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Heyrocco-Loser Denial

Louche grunge meets wide-eyed pop, wrapped up in 90s rock’n’roll sensibilities, from this South Carolinian group. The sort of thing Nirvana might have made – if they had Pick-a-Mix instead of drugs, and jammed with Mudhoney.

Teenage Movie Soundtrack is out on 10th July in the UK and EU on Vital. Preorder the album on iTunes now.

John J Presley-Come Calling

A fuzzy, howly ‘new blues’ fest, from a similar school of thought to the likes of Jon Spencer – with a touch of woozy psych for good measure.

‘White Ink EP’ is out in the UK and EU digitally on 20th July and on Ltd Ed 12″ on 21st August.

Come Calling, the first track from John J Presley’s forthcoming ‘White Ink EP’ is now streaming over at Soundcloud and has already made John Kennedy’s X-Posure Top 5 Playlist.

Following his triumphant 2014 singles ‘Honeybee’ and ‘Left’, electric bluesman John J. Presley has announced the release of his debut EP White Ink, due August 21st via Vital Music on limited edition vinyl.

Opting to record White Ink completely live and true, Presley has crafted his most unprecedented work to date. With tube amps cooking hot and inspiration flowing fast, John explains White Ink was captured in a single 8-hour run at Toe Rag Studios with Liam Watson (The White Stripes, The Kills, Tame Impala) whilst on a rare break from tour. “Recording at that hallowed space in London gives you a limited spectrum as you don’t have a thousand plugins to play with or hours to kill. It’s very performance based and the truest sound I’ve ever heard of myself.”

Lyrically, White Ink looks at that certain type of enduring love that survives whatever life throws at you. With tracks like ‘Come To Me’ contemplating the toils of the road as incredible European scenery passes you by in an instant, where ‘Come Calling’ see’s Presley malcontent and striving for more, personally, musically and artistically, before the low warbles of ‘Sweet Superstition’ come to terms with loss, death and missing friends.

Citing Son House’s Mississippi Delta blues and Mogwai’s dissonant tunings and drones as influences in equal measure, Presley’s no-frills approach to the blues is rooted in his distinguished record collection and penchant for vintage guitars, approaching the White Ink session heavily armed with a Tele, Hofner and Gibson all frying through his trusted Wem Dominator amp.

Heyrocco have released the fly-on-the-wall-style video for their brand new single ‘Loser Denial’. In true slacker fashion the video kicks off with a false-start rehearsal, and captures footage of the band in and around their native South Carolina, generally misbehaving whilst dressed up to the nines.

The track is taken from their debut album ‘Teenage Movie Soundtrack’, which is a perfect marriage of grungy angst and bubblegum pop. Already being compared to the likes of Nirvana, Pavement, The Cure and Mudhoney, the album is packed to the rafters with gargantuan choruses, sludgy guitar hooks, and boasts stellar made-for-radio melodies.

Teenage Movie Soundtrack is out on Vital Music in the UK and Europe on July 10th


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)
Switzerland // 
June 3rd – Caribana Festival,
 // July 18th – Colours of Ostrava Festival, Czech Republic

‘Elsewhere’ has now had support from Zane Lowe, Huw Simpson and Phil Taggart at BBC Radio 1 as well as Xfm’s John Kennedy and Clare Sturgess.

The single, with its stunning 90’s-inspired video from Sam Alder is out on iTunes and Spotify now.

“Massive guitar riffs and melodic sing-along vocals, which may be simple to some, but you can’t tell me it’s not so incredibly addictive!” MUSICLIBERATTION

“Heyrocco are mellow yet full on, they’re nostalgic but not purposefully, they’ll make you into a smitten kitten and then whip it out from under you. They’re like a sweet kid with pigtails and a doll that will turn around and kick your shin when you look away. SPINDLE MAGAZINE

“A little bit grunge-pop, a little bit Weezer, a little bit Pavement-on-a-high.” RECORDREWINDPLAY