Premiere: John J Presley
“Ready To Burn”
Do people really ever change? Or, rather, is there this prescribed format of how “music” people are supposed to act? If you’ve watched any of the truly great or at least insightful dramatical works relating to the so-called inner workings of the music business (for reference, Almost Famous actually counts, Straight Out Of Compton sort-of does, that weird and hyper-cliched EDM film that’s currently parked on Netflix really doesn’t), one might be led to believe that you may need to have the characteristics of the greatest extrovert that the world had ever seen in order to get along. A bit like Jim Carrey in The Mask, but with all the drugs and money you could imagine. The reality is that in our own humble experience, pretty much everyone going into it, whether artist or industry goon, you’ve got to play up to this myriad role until either you eventually get tired of trying to be something that you are not, or you get so lost in it all that you may not be found again. We had dinner with an old friend yesterday, and largely what was discussed alluded to what we’ve just bleated on about as we went into some detail about the people we once were, the people we are now, and the people we may actually become given our present circumstances and renewed positive outlook on shit that just used to wind us up before. But the point we guess that we’re making is that behind the apparition, washing away the perception there is nearly always a real person. And, again in our humble experience, they don’t come any more real than KM single alumni John J Presley who we are ever so pleased to premiere the audio return thereof. Or hereto. Whatever. He’s fucking back, and he’s more bad-ass than ever before, whoppin’ and a-ridin’ into town atop two musical steeds in the form of double A-side single Dance With Me / Ready To Burn, the latter of which is available for you all to gawp and ooh and ahh at. The single parries through pretty neatly and decisively leading on from (ahem) catalogue tunes like Left and Honeybee – that is to say, there is plenty of grit here, and a rock’n’blues musical backdrop that has always made this guy positively insidious to us. And, indeed, a great deal of other people; The Prez has spent the last couple of years romping and/or stomping his way through the continent and has picked up a considerable European following along the way. The bloody guy John Kennedy of Radio X fame obviously beat us to the punch his is radio airing of Dance With Me only last night, and we’re pretty sure there will be more of that kind of this in lieu of the man’s live return proper by way of a headline show at Servant Jazz Quarters on 13th September. Set to slightly different paces, thus reinforcing their joined-at-the-hip presentation to the world, these tracks embody everything we love about John J Presley – there’s nods to Tom Waits, The Fall, and a now-trademarkable vibrato that really can now only be attributed to his bearded majesty. Welcome back dude.