U.K. duo JOHN share new single “Non-Essential Hymn” & Live Session From New LP ‘Nocturnal Manoeuvres’

JOHN—the moniker of London duo John Newton (drums, lead vocals) and Johnny Healey (guitar, backing vocals)—today shared their new single “Non-Essential Hymn” off their upcoming album Nocturnal Manoeuvres, out October 8th via the band’s own Pets Care imprint and Brace Yourself Records. “Non-Essential Hymn” also serves as the towering closer for the LP, which gradually blossoms from the band’s propulsive post-hardcore into a noisy, trance-inducing finale, powered by Netwon’s driving drums and Healey’s Sonic Youth-esque guitar heroics. The release is accompanied by a live performance video showcasing the duo’s sharp musicianship and bristling energy, right off the back of their recent packed-out sets at the U.K.’s End of the Road and Green Man Festivals.

“Echoed by the album’s title Nocturnal Manoeuvres, Johnny and I often found ourselves discussing the 24/7 demands of our accelerated present—after all, it’s pretty hard to ignore when staring over the ever-expanding city from our native Crystal Palace” Newton says. “The song became a nod to these now ‘essential’ obligations, the lyrics recalling the security guards of the city, denying their natural circadian rhythm in order to protect ever-lit office buildings. We wanted to mimic the incessancy and repetition of these traditions, and we felt like the meditative quality of the closing section helped give some semblance. It became quite obvious when recording the album that this depth (both audible and structural) meant that the track needed to sit as the album closer, and it’s become a real stand out moment for us both.”




2021 Tour Dates
09/09 – Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
09/10 – Exeter, UK – The Cavern
09/12 – Hebden Bridge, UK – Trades Club
09/18 – Leicester, UK – Wide Eyed Festival
09/19 – Sheffield, UK – O2 Academy 2
09/30 – Tunbridge Wells, UK – The Forum
10/01 – 03 – Liverpool, UK – Sound City festival*
10/02 – Blackpool, UK – Bootleg Social
10/06 – Nottingham, UK – The Bodega
10/07 – Wrexham, UK – Focus Wales festival
10/08 – Belfast, UK – Ulster Sports Club
10/09 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s (Upstairs)
10/10 – Glasgow, UK – Stereo
10/12 – Stockton, UK – The Georgian Theatre
10/13 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
10/14 – Manchester, UK – YES
10/14 – 17 – Norwich, UK – Wild Paths festival*
10/16 – Reading, UK – Face Bar
10/17 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
10/19 – Oxford, UK – The Bullingdon
10/20 – Brighton, UK – Patterns
10/21 – Southampton, UK – The Loft
10/22 – London, UK – Moth Club

* = day to be announced




2022 European Tour Dates
03/11 – Paris, FR – Le Point Ephemere
03/12 – Lille, FR – L’Aeronef
03/13 – Cologne, DE – MTC
03/15 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso (Upstairs)
03/16 – Brussels, BE – AB Club
03/17 – Rotterdam, NL – Ro’town
03/18 – Hamburg, DE – HeadCrash
03/19 – Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
03/21 – Poznan, PL – Pod Minoga
03/22 – Warsaw, PL – Poglos
03/23 – Vienna, AT – Flexcafe
03/25 – Bologna, IT – Covo Club
03/26 – Milan, IT – Biko
03/27th – Zurich, CH – Rote Fabrik
03/29 – Bern, CH – ISC
03/30 – Munich, DE – Feierwerk
04/01 – Prague, CZ – Cross Club
04/02 – Berlin, DE – Cassiopeia
04/29 – Lisbon, PT – Time Out Market
04/30 – Porto, PT – Hard Club (Sala 2)