LP: As The Night Draws In (Release 25/01/19)

Single: Riders (Impact 08/03/19)

Supporting Blood Red Shoes On Their 2019 UK/EU Tour


“.. Such a unique sound..” Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 2

“The return of the King!” John Kennedy, Radio X

“Check this guy out…flying the flag for garage rock.” Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 1

“…A searing, soulful oasis of calm amongst the torrent of noise…” The Times

“…a ferocious belly deep sound but somehow tender with it…” The Guardian

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

‘Riders’ is the third and final single from John J Presley’s debut album. The Quietus described Presley as a natural born storyteller and here he paints a picture of a lone rider finding solace and then inspiration for the future over the course of the track. It’s a cinematic start but as with most of Presley’s work, a twist is never too far away, resulting in an rousing call to action over a wall of sound.


Written during a road trip through the Californian desert Death Valley, John explains…


“The vastness of the place left me pretty speechless and the deafening sound of silence stunned me. I wanted to replicate that feeling of space and grandness in the song, the beauty of the landscape.”

The albums previous releases have seen support from Radio 1, Radio 2 (Cerys Matthews) Radio X Playlist, Amazing Radio Top 10 and John has recently been the guest of Bad Seed Jim Sclavunos on his Soho Radio show where he showcased tracks from the new album. Presley also serves as long standing live guitarist for Duke Garwood (Heavenly Records) and occasionally for Ed Harcourts live show too. John has shared stages in the former line up with the likes of Mark Lanegan, Seasick Steve and The Smoke Fairies.


The new music follows Presley’s performance at this years Rockaway Beach Festival and comes ahead of the bands main support billing to Blood Red Shoes on their sold out UK and European tour across January and February.

Presley’s musical arsenal includes an old Gibson ES 125t, a Hofner President and a Fender Telecaster (to name a few), coupled with his love of valve amps and tone manipulation, which is a world he also taps into on a professional level when not in the studio or out on the road.

Recorded between attics in North London and a secluded studio in North Wales, As The Night Draws In is a body of work that bears all the hallmarks of this celebrated electric bluesman starting his next chapter.

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Track list

  1. The Fear

  2. Left

  3. True Love Waits

  4. Exhale And Go

  5. Riders

  6. And With The Last Laugh I Am Victorious

  7. Dance With Me

  8. Right And High

  9. Rise And Fall

  10. The Fault

  11. Cold Water

  12. St Louis

  13. Truth Is I’m Gone

  14. On A Sunday


John and his band will perform at the following shows…


2019 DATES

January 12 – Rockaway Beach Festival

January 26 – London Borderline -SOLD OUT (Blood Red Shoes support)

January 30 – Manchester Soup Kitchen (Blood Red Shoes support)

January 31 – Glasgow Stereo (Blood Red Shoes support)

February 2 – Brussels Rotonde – SOLD OUT (Blood Red Shoes support)

February 3 – Groningen Vera (Blood Red Shoes support)

February 4 – Hamburg Molotow – SOLD OUT (Blood Red Shoes support)

February 5 – Berlin Privatclub – SOLD OUT (Blood Red Shoes support)

February 6 – Amsterdam Sugar Factory – SOLD OUT (Blood Red Shoes support)

February 8 – Paris Point Éphémère – SOLD OUT (Blood Red Shoes support)

March 27 – Voodoo, Belfast

March 28 – Kasbah Social Club, Limerick

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