“Out Here In The Fringes is the perfect record for someone who wants to occasionally go for a good head bang but definitely isn’t a sacrifice-goats-in-a-graveyard type music fan.”

Picture the scene: you’re a generic music fan and you’re trying to pick what you fancy listening to; you’re the kind of person that probably was at one time maybe a bit edgy, but isn’t so much anymore. Well, here’s one for you: Out Here In The Fringes is the perfect record for someone who wants to occasionally go for a good head bang but definitely isn’t a sacrifice-goats-in-a-graveyard type music fan. Hell, I guess even if you’re all for goat sacrificing on stage you should probably still check it out, it’s top notch!

“With [John’s] careful production and skilful playing on Out Here In The Fringes we’re left thinking that this record should be damn well left alone- it’s perfect the way it is.”

If we’re completely honest with ourselves almost every time you listen to a two-piece band you’re left thinking yeah but “ya know, it’d sound better if there was bass guitar”. We say almost every time because with careful production and skilful playing on Out Here In The Fringes we’re left thinking that this record should be damn well left alone- it’s perfect the way it is. To inform the uninitiated, John are a duo- one plays drums, the other plays guitar. And they’re both called John — hence the name.
Out Here In The Fringes is album two for the duo after the criminally underreported debut God Speed In The National Limit; oh and if you’re looking for the band and struggling to find them online you will often find them listed as JOHNTIMESTWO for ease.

“Out Here In The Fringes [is the] ingredient [you] didn’t know [you] needed but slides in perfectly next to the other indie legends.”

Out Here In The Fringes had a 2 single album campaign, with the first single (and album opener) Future Thinker, and second single High Digger. Neither single particularly better than the other, both simply a perfect eardrum assault. When you think an eardrum assault you think of brutal unwelcome cacophony but when you think of John think of the difference between boxing with gloves and bare-knuckle boxing. John are restrained riffs carefully dancing between punk, metal and rock; the album that will accumulate swathes of fans who needed this exact record for their collection- the ingredient they didn’t know they needed but slides in perfectly next to the other indie legends.

“Let your hair down, forget the hipster scene for an hour, you pompous twats; John aren’t here for that, they’re here for fun!”

To describe the album track by track- big riff, big riff, big riff, big riff, big riff, big riff, big riff, instrumental interlude, big riff. John are the palate cleanser for the art rock fan who needs a break from over pompous records. Let your hair down, forget the hipster scene for an hour, you pompous twats; John aren’t here for that, they’re here for fun!

10/10‬

Out ‪Friday 4th of October‬.

Words: James Wadsworth @jamespart31

IN FOR QUESTIONING: JOHN; The Duo With 2 John’s Chatted To Us As They Announced Their New Tour.

 

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