After releasing their much lauded Nocturnal Manoeuvres album in October last year, JOHN – aka John Newton (drums, lead vocals) and Johnny Healey (guitar, backing vocals) have announced – live on stage at the anniversary of Mclusky’s Do Dallas last week at London’s Electric Ballroom, three statement dates under the banner of Other Manoeuvres.
These will be a series of special dates involving creative line-ups hand curated by the band themselves. Brighton-based (and Backseat Mafia favourites) Ditz are the first to be annoounced and they will join JOHN for a London show on November 19th at Oval Space. Other special guests will be announced throughout the year in the run-up to the event. The other dates see the band play at The Brudenell in Leeds and Bristol Thekla, details below.
Speaking of the events, the band say:
“When we’re not on the the stage, we’re always discussing and enjoying new discoveries in venues, the tour van or on our headphones. It seemed to make perfect sense to collaboratively string these interests together in a series of special events, so we could bring the music and individuals we’ve found, and put them together in some of our favourite venues.”
In celebration, the band have revealed a self-produced video for album cut ’Austere Isle’, a moment within the album where the band take their foot off the accelerator somewhat, leaving the noise and punk aesthetic unchallenged in its gloriously unhinged way.
of the video, produced during lockdown and its adftermath, when the band had tours cancelled, Newrton explains “It was obviously a real shame not to be able to make our planned trip around Europe, but it was important to focus on what we could control in these scenarios. Our response was to get straight back into what we enjoy: writing music and putting new ideas into the ether. The video was part of this period of creativity, taking the ethos of experimental cinema – where the visual follows the track’s movement as opposed to a linear narrative. There was a satisfying simplicity to following the materials’ characteristics. Honouring their response to different variables and layering them up as a representation of the shifting layers of the song.”
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