Electric bluesman and celebrated mood-maker John J Presley releases the video for ‘Riders’ – his third and final single from his debut album, ‘As The Night Draws In.’
The album has gained considerable support from media outlets & radio stations. Bad Seed Jim Sclavunos, Simone Marie Butler of Primal Scream have supported the release through their respective specialist shows on Soho Radio.
Sonically the album feels very cinematic – sweeping strings and orchestration for the first time for Presley – alongside his raw, stripped back warm guitar tone and a natural approach to the vocal. Intense moments through pedal work and crushing chords shows Presley isn’t afraid to divert from the norm, taking the listener with him every step of the journey as a natural born storyteller should. Lyrically, ‘As The Night Draws In’ shows Presley pulling and pushing against frustrations and anxieties; a narrative about exploring and finding the ultimate freedom.
The video for ‘Riders’ mirrors the songs inspiration. Whilst in complete awe of the magnitude of the desert on a trip through California years back, Presley took that as inspiration for the track. By coincidence long time video collaborated Annick Wolfers was in Joshua Tree when the call came in. She had her camera with her.
“The visuals speak for themselves…” Presley explains… “the magnitude of it all makes you feel so small…”
His approach to challenging genre limitations has put his trademark skills in high demand, notably serving as long standing live guitarist for Duke Garwood (Heavenly Records) and on occasion for Ed Harcourt‘s live show too. Whilst playing with Duke John has shared stages with Mark Lanegan, Seasick Steve and Afghan Whigs.
After recently going out live with Blood Red Shoes through the UK and Europe, Presley and his band now head out to Ireland and Europe to continue touring the record.
The album is available now on ltd edition 12” vinyl and cd through www.johnjpresley.com
01. The Fear
03. True Love Waits
04. Exhale And Go
06. And With The Last Laugh I Am Victorious
07. Dance With Me
08. Right And High
09. Rise And Fall
10. The Fault
11. Cold Water
12. St Louis
13. Truth Is I’m Gone
14. On A Sunday
John and his band will perform at the following shows:
March 27 – Voodoo, Belfast
March 28 – Kasbah Social Club, Limerick
March 29 – Whelan’s Dublin
April 5th – Kaffee’t Hof, Middleburg
April 7th – Bar Mirwaar, Gent
April 8th – Blue Shell, Cologne
April 9th – Nochtwache, Hamburg
April 10th – Musik & Frieden, Berlin
April 13th – Mascotte, Zurich
May 9th – 11th The Great Escape Festival, Brighton
June 1st – Red Rooster Festival
June 2nd – Camden Rocks, London
June 29th – Rock Werchter, Belgium