John J Presley Releases Debut Album ‘As The Night Draws In’ | Supports Blood Red Shoes on UK/EU Tour

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‘.. 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

‘A gritty slice of swamp rock…‘ Sunday Mirror



Electric bluesman and celebrated mood-maker John J Presley releases his debut album ‘As The Night Draws In’ today, through Nica Recordings, AWAL and BMG. Listen here


In preparation for his album release, Presley has received support across the board – from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 (Cerys Matthews), Radio X Playlist to Kerrang!, Amazing Radio (Top 10) and personal backing from Bad Seed Jim Sclavunos and Simone Marie Butler (Primal Scream) on their respective Soho Radio shows.


Sonically the album feels very cinematic – sweeping strings and orchestration for the first time for Presley – alongside his raw, stripped back warm guitar tone and a natural approach to the vocal. Intense moments through pedal work and crushing chords shows Presley isn’t afraid to divert from the norm, taking the listener with him every step of the journey as a natural born storyteller should. Lyrically, As The Night Draws In shows Presley pulling and pushing against frustrations and anxieties; a narrative about exploring and finding the ultimate freedom.


John grew up in the West Midlands and over the past few years has lived in London and Brighton – which he now calls home. Birmingham was where he began to play and tread the boards, and as soon as his debut single release hit the airwaves through Zane Lowe on Radio 1, his live show was very much in demand. The journey started there and after 2 hugely successful singles and EP release, Presley is now ready to sign off on his first long player.


His approach to challenging genre limitations has put his trademark skills in high demand, notably serving as long standing live guitarist for Duke Garwood (Heavenly Records) and on occasion for Ed Harcourt’s live show too. Whilst playing with Duke John has shared stages with Mark Lanegan, Seasick Steve, Afghan Whigs and The Smoke Fairies.


Presley’s musical arsenal includes an old Gibson ES 125t, Hofner President and 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.


Some time has passed since the last EP release White Ink, which was recorded at Toe Rag Studios (The White Stripes, Metronomy). During this time John was out playing in the live arena, spending lots of time in Europe, where he toured alongside projects such as Paradise – Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey), Sivert Hoyem and Rob McVey (Marianne Faithfull). He was also invited to perform at a specialist film festival in Poland and play in abandoned Rothschild factories in the Czech Republic to name a few.


As The Night Draws In was recorded between attics in North London and a secluded studio in North Wales. It’s a debut that bears all the hallmarks of this celebrated electric bluesman starting his next chapter.


Pre-order & pre-save the album at (12″ VINYL/CD/DOWNLOAD)


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…





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

January 30 – Manchester Soup Kitchen – SOLD OUT (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 – SOLD OUT (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

March 29 – Whelan’s Dublin



April 5th – Kaffee’t Hof, Middleburg

April 7th – Bar Mirwaar, Gent

April 8th – Blue Shell, Cologne

April 9th – Nochtwache, Hamburg

April 10th – Musik & Frieden, Berlin

April 13th – Mascotte, Zurich



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