Left (Rerelease) V2a (1)


“…a ferocious, belly-deep sound, but somehow tender with it.” – The Guardian

“…recklessly fuzzy garage” – The Independent

“…a beautiful noise that at once grips and beguiles, as befits a natural-born storyteller.”- The Quietus

“Loud, lascivious and raw” – Classic Rock’s The Blues Magazine

“A fuzzy, howly ‘new blues’ fest, with a touch of woozy psych for good measure.”- Classic Rock

“…a searing, soulful touch, an oasis of calm amid the torrent of noise” – The Times

“…packed with dirt and a palpable sense of menace” – CLASH


Ahead of his debut album, John J Presley is getting ready to take the music world by storm with the new single ‘Left’, set for release on 21st April via Killing Moon Records.

After two hugely successful single releases – which caught the attention of Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart, Alice Levine, John Kennedy and Tom Robinson, and an EP recorded at Toe Rag Studios by Liam Watson last year, the London based electric bluesman is keen for this new, orchestrated full body of work to be heard and seen on the road around Europe and the UK.

‘Left’ is two and a half minutes of pure unbridled energy , with pounding drums, distorted guitar, and driving bass lines, all bolstered by Presley’s iconic bluesy vocal.

John J Presley is a born raconteur with the ability to take you sonically to a place that is raw but beautiful; frenetic and meditative all at once. There is the rawness of a trad two piece at its core; but now it layers added textures that creates a lush, mahogany soundscape which must be seen live.


John met his match musically with new drummer Dan Maiden-Wood (ex-Anna Calvi) and the two have been busy on the live circuit building the ever growing fan base. With only 3 releases to his name John has impressively toured all over Europe and the UK – many times as a result of a personal invitation from bands such as the Jim Jones Revue (on their last ever European and UK tour); to opening up for Band of Skulls, Joe Gideon ft Jim Sclavunos (Bad Seeds), Pulled Apart By Horses and Paradise (ft Primal Scream’s Simone Marie and Rob Ellis).

‘Left’ is out now via 21st April via Killing Moon Records and premiered via CLASH, and you can catch John J Presley on the following dates:

May 2nd – Off The Camera Festival

May 20th – The Lexington, London (supporting Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind)

May 27th – Big Yella Festival, Reading

2nd September – Moseley Folk Festival, Birmingham


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