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.

Our boys are famous

Hi kids, Az here.

Happy Valentines Day. I hope you’re getting your cock smoked or your vag tickled, whichever applies to you.

Our mates Madam Wong released their long awaited debut single “Cannibal” today (video embedded) and they have firmly established themselves as sick fucks. Welcome to the club fellas. I cracked up watching the video, it’s a lot of fun.

The song is really great. Do yourself a favour and watch the video and you’ll see what I mean.

An eagle-eyed viewer (ie. me) saw that the three targeted victims on the cannibal’s fridge were the three members of the former band Puzzles, of which two of them are MNIJ band members Jes Kellett and Craig Nelthropp. The sentiment of their inclusion on the cannibal’s list is obvious – sometimes I want to kill them too. 🙂

Well done to the Madam Wong boys. Looking forward to the single launch show. You guys reading this should go along and see it too.

Peace out

Az

I can still smell the sex

Hi kids, Az here.

Well, your Johnnies just had their first practice last night at our new home of RedRock Productions in Girraween, the artist formerly known as Party Pig Studios.

A bit of history for you:

This studio has been through many different owners over the past 30 odd years (Reuben, the current owner, has been running the place since about a year and a half ago). Around the time of 2003-2007, Party Pig (as it was formerly named) was owned by former MNIJ drummer Ryan Lambert – not that one, this one – best known to Sydney-siders for his time after MNIJ as the former drummer of Town Hall Steps.

If you’ve ever met Ryan, you’ll know that he’s quite a handsome boy and owning a rehearsal studio made him very popular with the ladies of the local scene (and I guess playing in an emo band helped too). He used to entertain quite the frequent conquest at his studio and that control room where recordings are performed was his former sex den. I have stories that I’ll take to my grave coz I ain’t no snitch. 😉

I had a chuckle walking around the place and having the memories flooding back as Reuben was showing me around and pointing out all of the remodeling he’s done to the joint.

As for the photo included, that’s an old MNIJ sticker that Ryan put on the hand towel dispenser in the men’s bathroom about 15 years ago – and it’s still there. How amusing. I didn’t dare touch it.

We went through about 5 new songs last night – our next show should be interesting. 🙂

Peace out peeps

Az

Lookey lookey what I found…

Hey folks, Az here.

I was sorting out some old stuff in the garage and found this gig poster from our show back in 2014 that I was just talking about yesterday on this blog.

I have my old mate Rhys Campion to thanks for this. He moved in to my place for about six weeks last year and then left about a third of his stuff behind after he left – including a bunch of gig posters in frames from our time as being band mates. Now they’re mine! Muahahaha.

The cool part about this show was that it was organized by one Mr Jes Vegas Kellett, the bass player from Handball Deathmatch. The show was my first time meeting him and even though I was traveling down from QLD for that show at the time, we kept in touch and now we’re band mates in MNIJ. It’s funny how things turn out.

Anyway, your history lesson is over. Back to whatever you were doing. 🙂

Peace out

Az

We’re visiting The Valve Bar next weekend

valve_splash32Howdy partners.

Pictured here is a shitload of people at The Valve Bar in Sydney, enjoying the music of someone other than My Name Is John.

Yes kids, it’s time for us to return to the Valve Bar for the first time since 2014. Last time we had a nude band member who tried cracking onto a cousin of one of the band members of Topnovil – who for some reason didn’t punch him out for it.

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It’s 2018 so let’s get on the internet

michael-bolton-5Hi kids.

Pictured above is the sperm donor to Michael Bay’s mother, the immortal Michael Bolton.

We’re back in action and figure it’s time to put up a website. The first contributions have been a page showing different videos of us to view as well as a link to where you can hear all of our music.

It’s a start.

There’s a subscribe button on the right hand side which will let you know when we post something new. Cick it!!

Peace out for now.

Your Johnnies