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’

Lovely Eggs support in Halifax and DrownedinSound photos at Clouspotting


Due to a few reasons, (mainly music slipping down my priority list in favour of focussing on family and peace of mind – and training the mind!) I have quite happily not done many gigs recently.

However, this next gig by Doghouse promotions in Halifax seems like a cracking little event, they are a great little crew too, and the Lovely Eggs sound spot on so we will be supporting them at Arden Road Social Club, Halifax on November the 8th. I’m not sure if this will be full band, some band or solo yet, but somebody will be there! 🙂

Let us know if you want to be on the guest list:

Also, DrownedinSound were at Cloudspotting Festival the other week and took a photo whilst me and Paul Mill (aka The Lord) were playing our set. You can take a look here:


Thumbs up from BBC6 Music // New Soundcloud page

Twas a pleasant surprise to receive an email from Chris Hawkins at BBC 6Music this week saying they had been playing the new album at the studio this morning and they were all feeling ‘chilled out and lovely’… its getting sent over to Gideon, Tom and Cerys 🙂

Also the new album is on SOUNDCLOUD for your soundclouders here :


New Album featured on ‘Sparkle On’ (Sparklehorse fan website)

Very honoured to be on the blog feature of this week (Sparklehorse Fan Website). It has a mini feature of the new album track ‘A supernatural Carnival of Demons’ which features Paul Mill on a borrowed junior drum kit (which I stupidly dropped off at the wrong garage) and an odd homemade cello from memory, a toy megaphone, and an outro solo by Ian Hinton-Smith that goes slightly mental. Thanks! 🙂 

Read the first six album reviews of ‘The difficulties of…’ HERE!

The first few reviews for our new album have started coming through. I have to say thanks for such amazing feedback, I know the music can take some time to absorb/understand/digest so even more pleased that people have really taken time out of their lives to give it such thought. There is time for a bad one yet!

Read the reviews here:

Leeds Music Scene Review:

Piccadilly Records Review:…

Whisperin’ and Hollerin’ Review:

Jumbo Records (short) Review:

Norman Records Review:

24/7 Magazine Review (can’t do the link so here is a jpeg):



Buy the album here:

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


Salford Trinity Church gig in Manchester next week! – January 17th 2013.


‘Johnny Powell and the Big Sad Face of Infinity’ will be playing one last gig before the album is released and this will be at the beautiful Salford Trinity Church in Manchester not far from Victoria train station. They will be supporting Kirsty McGee and The Listeners will also be playing. The night is put on by the fantastic Little Red Rabbit Records based in Manchester.

You can buy tickets here for £5 – I don’t think there are many….

Read more about it here:

Here is a picture of the fantastic church… it looks amazing in this photo by Peter Rea.

Hopefully see you all there….