Some nice staff comments from Piccadilly Records.

Piccadilly Records have been kind enough to write some nice comments about our new EP ‘Five Past Lives’ this week. Our EP is on-sale in their wonderful record shop in Manchester’s NQ.

Barry says: “Johnny Powell and co. smash out another pastoral suite of off-kilter folk melodies, psychedelic twisting instrumentals and organic electro-acoustic breakdowns, all topped by warped and emotive vocal flourishes. Brilliantly eccentric, but eminently listenable outsider indie for the soul.”

Piccadilly Records EP page:

https://www.piccadillyrecords.com/counter/product.php?pid=114239

Buy or listen to the EP here:

https://johnnypowell.bandcamp.com

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The first video ‘Song for Chris’ from our new EP ‘Five Past Lives’ – Watch here on Vimeo.

Here is the first video ‘Song for Chris’ from our new EP ‘Five Past Lives’ – Watch it here on Vimeo! 🙂

The song was played on BBC introducing show last week. “We have all fallen in love with this in the studio” (BBC Introducing WY)

Johnny Powell and the Seasonal Beasts – ‘Song for Chris’ from Laura Powell Photography on Vimeo.

We will be playing the new material around the country in 2017. So please let us know if you would like us at your venue or festival! The music is mindful and often sparse so relies on more intimate venues and stages.

Musicians are: Ffion Atkinson, Roger Burnett, Chris Derrick, Paul Mill and Johnny Powell. All film and photography is by Laura Powell Photography. Enjoy! X

You can buy the new EP ‘Five Past Lives’ here: https://johnnypowell.bandcamp.com

Laura Powell Photography Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/laurapowellphotos

BBC RADIO INTRODUCING – ‘SONG FOR CHRIS’

‘Song for Chris’ from our new EP ‘Five Past Lives’ was played on BBC Radio Leeds this week on the BBC Introducing show…

You can listen to the show here… we’re about 1hr 40mins in (guesswork): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04hh4p7

Or buy/listen to the new EP here on Bandcamp: https://johnnypowell.bandcamp.com

Or or watch the video here!: https://youtu.be/BFxx2ymsUvk

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OUR NEW VIDEO ‘SONG FOR CHRIS’!

Here is the brand new video for the first single from our new EP! It’s called ’Song for Chris’. Share and watch as you please!

Musicians are: Ffion Atkinson, Roger Burnett, Chris Derrick, Paul Mill and Johnny Powell. All film and photography is by Laura Powell Photography. Enjoy! X

You can buy the new EP ‘Five Past Lives’ here: https://johnnypowell.bandcamp.com

Laura Powell Photography Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/laurapowellphotos

 

Next gig: Beatification Xmas Special – Fuel Bar, Manchester – Dec 21st.

‘Johnny Powell and the Seasonal Beasts’ are delighted to be playing our next gig at the Beatification  Special event at Fuel Bar, Wilmslow, Manchester. We are particularly fond of playing to an attentive audience so it should be a lovely evening all round. Also performing, amongst others, will be poets John G. Hall, Fiona Brehony and Jackie Hagan.

Here is the facebook page for the event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/214587292316853/

 

 

The new EP ‘Five Past Lives’ is OUT NOW!

The brand new EP ‘Five Past Lives’ by ‘Johnny Powell and the Seasonal Beasts’ is on sale now here!:

https://johnnypowell.bandcamp.com/

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Reviews from the last release:
‘Fans of artists in the vein of Smog, Neutral Milk Hotel & Bon Iver will no doubt receive it well.’ (Leeds Music Scene)
‘Like an even lonelier Devendra Banhart, interesting and affecting’ (24/7 Magazine)
‘It’s got us all chilled out and lovely’ (BBC 6Music)

 

‘Johnny Powell and the Seasonal Beasts’ are: Ffion Atkinson, Roger Burnett, Chris Derrick, Paul Mill, and Johnny Powell.

‘Five Past Lives’ EP Launch Night 02/12/16

‘Johnny Powell and the Seasonal Beasts’ are:
Ffion Atkinson, Roger Burnett, Chris Derrick, Paul Mill and Johnny Powell.

The new EP Launch night will be at 9pm at Nelson’s Wine Bar, Hebden Bridge.

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About the ‘Five Past Lives’ EP:

Five Past Lives is a collection of letters to 5 significant male figures in the history of Johnny Powell, all of which have caused an important spiritual shift and re-direction of mental focus. ‘Five Past Lives’ explores the themes of co-incidence, synchronicity, beauty in death, the origin of suffering, the nature of mind itself, and the importance of extracting meaning from destructive incidents, or relationships.

Five Past Lives is a DIY release, recorded in isolation in a semi-derelict mill (a.k.a. the ‘Mitchell Brothers’ Studio) high on the Old Town moorland above Hebden Bridge. The found sounds and instrumentation all intertwine in a deliberate and focussed manner to conjur the atmosphere of each of the 5 letters.

Reviews from the last release:

Piccadilly Records: ‘Johnny Powell, is still teetering on the edge of troubled genius with this new clutch of soul-scraping, larynx-wobbling freak-folk vignettes’
Leeds Music Scene: 4.5/5 ‘you’ll surely shiver when listening to this low-fi, eerie yet brilliantly brash collection of songs. Fans of artists in the vein of Smog, Neutral Milk Hotel & Bon Iver will no doubt receive it well’
BB6 Radio 6 Music ‘It’s just got us all chilled out and lovely!’
BBC Introducing ‘Exciting times lie ahead for Johnny Powell and co.’
24/7 Magazine: 4.5/5 ‘Johnny Powell’s new solo venture is a harrowing, ethereal creature that swims in delicate voices and folky reflection – like an even lonelier Devendra Banhart. Interesting and affecting’

Last copies of our album ‘The difficulties of…’

There are a couple of copies of our album ‘The difficulties of…’ still left at Piccadilly Records in Manchester (picture below with the hefty review on the front). There are only about 30-odd left to sell in existence now so if anyone would like to buy it you can order the CD here http://johnnypowell.bandcamp.com/

or go to Piccadilly Records of course which is highly recommended 🙂

Album in Piccadilly Records

A song that never made the album cut – ‘The World’s Big Mouth’

A new track, ‘The World’s Big Mouth’ that never made the cut for the album, and is probably never going to be re-visited. It recounts some fantastic scrapes and horrific misfortune that myself and a good old friend had over the years. Not for writing about publicly.

It’s a little bit sadcore. Goodbye song! https://soundcloud.com/johnny_powell/the-worlds-big-mouth?in=johnny_powell%2Fsets%2Fdemos-odds-and-sods

New song, never to be finished. ‘40,000 Spirits’- have a listen

I’m giving up on this song. It is a brand new recording, called ‘40,000 Spirits’ but I have never been able to finish the damn thing and do it justice. Here you go. (Recording by Paul Mill up at Wainsgate Chapel, Old Town above Hebden Bridge, 2013).

Lyrics:

40,000 Spirits
——————-

I saw that crooked little raindrop 
It fell like wickets and squawked like crickets and birds
Not a tear in your eye, but you sold them tickets and played on hungers and thirsts
I hid my corrections and watched the reflections I’d cast since tin-can turf
You like the attention, and that is fine, but I pray you know its worth

Forty-thousand spirits cried
As you threw down food and offered none
And your circle was drenched with liars
Headless chickens on invisible wires

And youíre comfortable in your old shoes
If you didn’t care so much you’d be kind of cool
You’ve been tripping on tongues of lust and thrust by soles of cart-wheeled truths
And I’ve been praying so much that I can’t blame you

I’ve been praying so much I don’t blame you
I’ve been praying so much I don’t blame you
I’ve been praying so much I don’t blame you
I’ve been praying so much I don’t blame you

Forty-thousand spirits cried
As you threw down food and offered none
And your circle was drenched with liars
Headless chickens on invisible wires

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