Following his triumphant 2014 singles ‘Honeybee’ and ‘Left’, electric bluesman John J. Presley has announced the release of his debut EP White Ink, due digitally from July 24th via Vital Music, and on limited edition vinyl from August 21st.
Lead track ‘Come Calling’ sets the tone cranked high and loud for White Ink, with Presley’s down-tuned doom-blues riffs crashing high above his fiercely malcontent lyrical mantra, ever-striving for more both personally, musically and artistically.
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Opting to record White Ink completely live and true, Presley has crafted his most unprecedented work to date. With tube amps cooking hot and inspiration flowing fast, John explains White Ink was captured in a single 8-hour run at Toe Rag Studios with Liam Watson (The White Stripes, The Kills, Tame Impala) whilst on a rare break from tour. “Recording at that hallowed space in London gives you a limited spectrum as you don’t have a thousand plugins to play with or hours to kill. It’s very performance based and the truest sound I’ve ever heard of myself.”
Citing Son House’s Mississippi Delta blues and Mogwai’s dissonant tunings and drones as influences in equal measure, Presley’s no-frills approach to the blues is rooted in his distinguished record collection and penchant for vintage guitars, approaching the White Ink session heavily armed with a Tele, Hofner and Gibson all frying through his trusted Wem Dominator amp.
Aside from being Duke Garwood’s go-to guitarist when on the road, to date John J. Presley has supported The Jim Jones Revue on their ‘Last Hurrah’ tour across Europe, teamed with blues upstarts Kill It Kid on their UK stint earlier this year and graced the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds 2014.
White Ink EP Tracklisting
1. ‘Come to Me’
2. ‘Come Calling’
3. ‘Sweet Superstition’
4. ‘Rise to My Confession’
5. ‘Ill At Ease’
The live set up for the recording of White Ink was: John J Presley (guitar and vocals), Tom Glendining (kit) and Danielle Perry (Harmonium, Fender Rhodes, backing vocals).