VIDEO PREMIERE: The John Andrews Band – On The Run

VIDEO PREMIERE: The John Andrews Band - On The Run

On 17 December The John Andrews Band are to release their new single ‘On The Run’. Today XS Noize is pleased to exclusively premiere the video – watch below.

Hailing from Belfast, the band are fronted by singer-songwriter John Andrews, and the single and accompanying video tells John’s story after being released from prison after nine months due to an alcohol-infused car accident in which he lost his brother.

Showcasing his raw, almost-naked autobiographical songwriting and drowning in emotion drawn from his love of blues, hip-hop, jazz and punk, ‘On The Run’ wears the author’s heart on its sleeve and was written just after John’s release, with a further nine songs penned during his spell inside. Having already gained a name for himself as a solo live performer playing the likes of Sunflower, Eastside Arts and Feile festivals, five of these songs were released by John as the ‘Johnny Was’ EP in 2018.

A few years after leaving prison and a chance meeting on a bus with guitarist Joel Irvine lead to the formation of the band. After joining John as lead guitarist for a few solo shows, Irvine suggested the McCrea twins (Michael and Shea – bass and drums) join them. The twins, liking John’s material agreed, and the two became four in late 2018. “I had been looking for the right people to play with”, says John, “and it all just fell into place”.

Watch the video for ‘On The Run’ – BELOW:

With influences ranging from 2pac, Pink Floyd, The Clash, Pixies, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar and sharing a drive to perform John’s songs live, The John Andrews Band were soon playing talked-about shows in Belfast and further afield in Northern Ireland, putting out their debut single OMG in March 2020. Gaining radio plays both at home and as far afield as Australia, the USA, China, France and Austria, the single was produced by Danny Saber (David Bowie, Rolling Stones), with the accompanying video filmed in a cemetery and chapel.

Moving forwards and now with over 20 original songs under their belt, The John Andrews Band are preparing for the release of their debut album. Featuring ‘On The Run’ and titled ‘Blinded By The Light’, the album will document John’s musical journey from 2016 – 2021 and is tentatively set for release in August next year, following a further four singles and videos.

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