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!

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

Thank you Sydney!

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What a great show last night.

The highlight of the night was being joined onstage by Pete from Madam Wong (pictured on the left in the above photo) for a cover of the song Zombie by The Cranberries as a tribute to their fallen lead singer Dolores O’Riodan.

Scouty Dave came up on stage to try and defend why Sydney trains are so shit at the moment. It didn’t work. That was pretty funny too.

Thanks to Montana for taking photos of us while we were playing.

Speaking of Madam Wong, they announced last night that they are doing a CD launch on April 20. They’re good guys and we all agreed that their new single sounded really great so we thought to give them a shout out. Check out their Facebook page in the link to find out details about it.

See you all at the next show.

With love,

Your Johnnies