We’re playing at Madam Wong’s EP Launch

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Hi kids, Az here.

We’ve been keeping a low profile lately as I navigate the realms of having a pregnant Mrs. That will all end on the 15th May as my kid will be born and I can hit the town to celebrate whilst waiting for mum and baby to come out of hospital.

So there isn’t a better event happening in Sydney to celebrate at than at Madam Wong‘s EP Launch on Friday 18th May at the Hideaway Bar in Newtown, Sydney NSW. Your Johnnies will be jumping on the lineup with This Time Only to celebrate the Wonger’s debut release, followed by cans and more cans.

There are a few more reasons to celebrate at this show:

  • It’s rumoured that a member of Madam Wong will be losing their virginity at this show
  • This show will be the debut of our brand spanking new bass player – my brother Chris Holesgrove.
  • If you’ve been to a This Time Only show recently, you would have noticed a total hadsome stud playing drums for them. That’s our drummer, Craig Nelthropp. TTO’s regular drummer should be back in the lineup by this show and celebrating his triumphant return (apparently he fucked himself up or something)
  • Our band will be going into shutdown mode after this show as I’ll be bringing home my newborn and forgoing any possible sleep for the following 6-8 weeks – so, we won’t be seeing each other for a bit (Craig is going overseas for a while too). We’ll start up practicing again some time in July. Don’t worry, we’ll still be posting stupid shit every day on our website and social media. 😉

Here’s the Facebook event for the show – get into it and hit the “Going” button because, you know, you’re all hot and heavy at the thought of seeing Madam Wong on stage again.

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https://www.facebook.com/events/117797649019786/

We’re working on a bit of a special set list for this show that will re-introduce a few songs that haven’t been played live in quite a while. We think you’ll like it.

See you there Sydney-siders (and super-keen interstate travellers)!

My guitar project is finished

img_0799Hi kids, Az here.

I know I had only just posted about getting a new guitar yesterday but I needed to wait until I got my arse to a guitar shop to buy some strings before I was going to post about this puppy as well. Now this thing is ready to go as well.

What you are seeing here is a Korean made BC Rich Mockingbird NJ Series neck thru guitar. I rescued this gem from a pawn shop advertising it on eBay for stuff all and it was pretty beat up.

See the original pix below.

As you can see (click/press on the pictures to see larger versions), the body work was pretty trashy – and really, the pictures don’t tell the whole story. There were a lot of dings, marks and other crap. The name badge on the headstock was missing too.

In addition to that, I have to say that I just don’t like the look of neck thru’s that aren’t painted where you can see the difference in the body work. The lines are added as a feature as some sort of trendy look. It’s gross. Additionally, I think the wooden finish of guitars looks lame too.

Never fear! I had a vision and hit Buy It Now anyway.

I bought this for the bargain basement price of AUD$300 (with free shipping) and figured I could cover up all the dents and other unpleasurables whilst punking it up at the same time.

Enter AliExpress.

I bought a shitload of black and white stickers where you get 100 in a bag of random whatever stuff. I bought three lots of them for a total of about AUD$20.

Then my daughter and I spent two separate nights covering all of the body work with them, leaving our favourite stickers until last so that they would be on top.

The net result? This. And I’m really happy with it.

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…and before you say it – I know, my floor needs a vacuum.

I finally get to play this thing later today in practice – perhaps I’ll post some vids or something. It hasn’t had strings on it until now.

New to the family (of guitars)

Hey all, Az here.

New guitar in the mail. New guitar in the mail. 🙂

You are looking at a USA-built Warlock with Floyd Rose from 1995. Coming to a venue near you very soon.

I took so long to post about htis because I had to restring it first (and then get drunk with my brother Chris and fall asleep).

Can you believe the previous owner put 9-42 strings on this metal guitar. How adorable.

 

 

We have a new superhero band member

Hi all, Az here with your weekly update.

So it feels good to finally announce that we’re adding a fourth band member to My Name Is John. Seen in the photo above on the very right, you’re looking at my brother Chris Holesgrove.

As an aside, I’m on the left in that photo and the two in dress up are a spitting image of our other two band members Jes and Craig – one is really fast and the other pulls all sorts of random shit out of his arsehole.

If you’ve seen us play recently, you would have seen that both Jes and I have been swapping between guitar and bass on stage whilst playing as a three piece. The reason for this has been twofold:

  1. I’m an old man and can’t/shouldn’t really play bass anymore due to a chronic back injury (some would argue that I couldn’t really play bass in the first place). I’ve been opting primarily for guitar instead as it’s a much lighter instrument to have over my shoulder – and being able to show off my BC Rich collection has been a nice trade off as well.
  2. Although Jes has been primarily known as a bass player throughout the Sydney local scene, he’s actually an amazing guitarist. I’ve personally felt that it would be a shame to not at least sometimes put that great talent of his to good use for all to see.

So at this point, expanding to a four piece makes perfect sense. Like Jes and I, Chris is also primarily a bass player who can also play guitar. Whilst Chris will play bass in MNIJ and Jes and I will both play guitar moving forwards, we’ll also have a lot of options for switching things up on stage if we ever want to and we’re pretty stoked about that. Change is good.

As an aside, it’s Chris’ birthday. No, he wasn’t waiting until he turned 18 to join the band as he’s been of legal drinking age for ten years now – his start in rehearsals with us has really just been a timing coincidence in that regard.

We’ve got a show coming up in May that we’ll post more details about soon. Stay tuned.

We really should get a proper band photo done, huh?

We’re streaming on your favourite services

Howdy people!

The good news from John land is that we’ve uploaded all of our music online to all the places you like to listen to music.

Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, YouTube, Amazon Music, Tidal, Deezer and iHeartRadio are all carrying our gear. Just search for My Name Is John in your favourite app on your phone and ignore the weird techno band from somewhere overseas that have been using our name also.

So services are also showing our live version of What A Beautiful Day that we contributed to a live album that was released 11 years ago. Cool beans.

For your convenience, here is a link that will point you towards where all our stuff is.

Don’t use a streaming service? No worries. That same link above also offers a way to download all our music completely free of charge. Just go get it and get into it.

Enjoy.

Much love,

Your Johnnies

Haters gonna hate hate hate

Hi all, Az here.

For those of you that know your MNIJ history, Tim Walter is the former original guitarist from retired Sydney punk rock titans Unpaid Debt and is the guy who has produced all of MNIJ’s recordings to date.

Well, we’ve been talking again about another collaboration and the insults are flying as usual. We’re the best of friends like that.

Tim, the delectable animal that he is, was trying to convince me that we should use midi drums because our ‘drummer’ really sucked on the demos that were recorded.

So, umm, that was ME playing drums on those demos.

I tried explaining that I deliberately keep the first take of every instrument whenever I demo stuff but that argument isn’t going to wash with a shit-stirrer like Tim.

Maybe I’ll have to kick him in the nuts. It wouldn’t be the first time that I’ve done it. Hey, don’t judge – he has a daughter, his bits still work!

The original concept artwork for Music To Make Love To

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Hi folks, Az here.

I spent today going through old artwork for a new project I’m working on and stumbled across this hand drawn concept of the Music To Make Love To cover(s).

This was drawn back in 2005 by former drummer Cheyne Reading who had a very specific idea in mind of what he wanted the cover to look like – and the rest of us weren’t going to stand in his way. When he first showed it to us, we just laughed our heads off. It was a done deal.

The story goes that this drawing was then given to illustration extraordinare Nathan Soehardi, who then redraw this digitally into a computer, giving us the artwork we see on Music To Make Love To Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 today.

The two covers, in fact, were too different variations of the drawings with different colouring that we were presented with at the same time, so that we could choose one for what would be our 2006 release as simply “Music To Make Love To”. It turned out that we liked each version so much that we chose both of them – renaming the first release with a Vol. 1 on the end so that we could use the other one as well as a Vol. 2 a year later.

So, good value was gained out of that drawing and the work put in all around.