Jonny at Play
Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) and Euros Childs (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci) come to Reading on Sat 5th Feb as part of a UK tour to promote their debut album together under the name “Jonny”.
Over the past couple of years the two songwriters have convened when time and schedules have allowed to play the odd show and produce an impressive cache of new songs that contain all the warmth, wit and melodic magic that you would expect from such a pairing.
Blake’s Teenage Fanclub and Childs’ Gorky’s toured together in 1997, and when Blake contributed guitar and vocal harmonies to Gorky’s bitter-sweet How I Long To Feel That Summer In My Heart in 2001, Euros remembers “it just felt like he was part of the band… from that point on it always felt like we might do something together in the future, it just took a few years to actually get it organised”. Euros eventually made it up to Norman’s house in Glasgow in 2006 to record “what we thought was an EP”, and the duo played a handful of rapturously received live shows, before finally getting down to putting a whole album together early in 2010.
Inter-twining the musical DNA of two of Britain’s most gifted songwriters, Jonny’s self titled debut album released 31st January, proclaims the advent of an irresistibly infectious new strain of psychedelic pop.
The album artwork is also revealed to be the inspiration behind their unusual name. Blake came across the image on a friend’s website “and thought it would make a great record sleeve… and name for a band”. “Sleeve first, band-name after”, confirms Childs, “that’s always the best way”.
Jonny also gave away a free, four-track download EP of non-album songs in November
“Free EP” is available at http://www.turnstilemusic.net/jonny-free-ep/
Who: JONNY + Local Guests - Mark Knight & Papa Jules (acoustic set)
When: Saturday 5 February, doors 7.45pm
Where: PLAY, Reading
How: £7.50 in advance / £10 on the door, Age 18+ Advance Tickets from www.bwmusic.co.uk