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?

Froback Friday, 02/03/2018

“All that punk shit sucks, it doesn’t belong on this world, it belongs on fucking Mars man!”

Love it.

That, of course, is the ever quotable soundbite from the intro to the below song – a classic and suprisingly pretty much one hit wonder from American Hi-Fi.

I say surprising, of course, because they’re a great band. Take the below bonus clip – a live performance of the song The Art Of Losing which I’m willing to bet you’ve likely never heard before. It’s a fun song!

Surprising to think too that when the band got their first chance to play live on television, it wasn’t Flavor Of The Weak that they played, it was something new that they felt was just as good.

The good news is, of course, that this band is still active – they’ve never broken up. Check them out on a streaming service or something and you’ll see what I mean – they have a lot of good stuff to listen to.

Also, here’s a fun fact: Their frontman Stacey Jones (not to be confused with Casey Jones from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) is more or less the Dave Grohl of punk rock, having formerly been the drummer for Veruca Salt and Letters For Cleo. Both fantastic bands.

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!