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!:

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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’

Gig with WARM DIGITS this Saturday (20th April) at Hebden trades Club

We have a smashing gig this Saturday night with WARM DIGITS and DJ Red Tin Dave at Hebden Trades Club (NME small venue finalist last year), and fantastic little real ale place. Pleased to be joined by the full Big Sad Face of Infinity crew in its current incarnation, Misters Paul Mill and Ian Hinton-Smith! 🙂

Facebook gig link:


Hebden Trades Club with Malcolm Middleton

Couple of photo’s courtesy of ‘Fire Man Dave’ Ford from the gig supporting Malcolm Middleton at Hebden Trades Club. I was tired as hell but it was a really nice evening.

Fire Man Dave is also a fantastic talent at eating and doing all sorts of dangerous things with fire… see here


New album rearing it’s pretty head, and some ageing news. Oh, old EP no longer sold out too!

What’s going on with the big sad face of infinity you ask?

Well, I never got round to talking about the gigs of recent with Drugstore and the Hey Manchester! gig with Last Harbour, who were a loverly bunch of folk. There were some other things I would have mentioned if my memory would kick in but there’s no point waiting for that now, it’s been way too long.

The newest news is the NEW album, finally up and running with recording up at the lonesome and beautiful old decaying chapel of Wainsgate on the hill above Hebden Bridge high in the pennines – it has special significance to me which makes it all the more precious a happening.


Yep, that’s the recent news, recording at wainsgate – going really well thanks to engineering skills of Mr. Mill, taking a real experimental approach – little DIY studio set-up going on, 14 songs possibly 15 – lots of thinking, lots of learning – lots of art installations, lots of biscuits. More people will be drafted in for recording soon too which will be nice. Nice not to have to play anything myself.


 And finally, ‘The broken leg sessions’ EP released on the Rural Colours label last year will no longer be sold out soon thanks to Darren H of Dreamscope Productions for sorting out another pile of them – so feel free to order one on the web page now if you so fancy.


JP and the big sad face of infinity x


What, a duet on Drugstores new single, Green Man and Beatherder Festivals? Aye, yes.

Well t’as been a while but here’s a few snippets of news. A couple of festivals coming up over summer playing in the Poco Loco Shisha Cafe Tent at The Green Man Festival in Wales – more details a comin’ on this one…. could be a little ramshackle!


Secondly the Beatherder festival is confirmed the last weekend in June with a Saturday slot on the Perfumed Garden Stage… with the Big Sad Face of Infinity serving up their sublime skills if I’m lucky. There’ll probably be some more festies too if I get my head into it.


and thirdly, and most oddly – I’ll be doing a duet of some sort with the wonderful ‘Drugstore’ on their new single… this’ll be happening on March 16th at the gig at Hebden Bridge Trades Club.

That’s the new news.


‘Om’s the word’ – Johnny Powell (vid cam tester 1 of ?)

A spot of video camera testing at Hebden Studios t’other day. The song… ‘Om’s the word’ is a work/prayer/ditty in progress… it’s a crap recording really but what the hell. The owl, a physical symbolic reference to the meaning of the song. The old and the wise, the young and the helpless.

see you


Testing out some new gear at the Hebden Bridge Street Party!

Quick one, I’ll be playing a little gig this weekend at the Hebden Bridge Transition Town event and Street Party on Saturday afternoon (16th July) at 4.30pm, testing out some new kit and me new mac… expect some serious sound issues!… and a new song or two, maybe even a little Tom Waits. Also not to be missed that day is the Was Ist Das soundsystem

Oh and all media on the new website is now working in firefox, chrome IE etc, Cheers Vin.