JOYS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN!
THE BAND OF HOLY JOY headline a night of post-punk in London next month.
The show, at The Lexington on 17 September, also features sets from ex-FALL guitarist Martin Bramah’s BLUE ORCHIDS and Teddington’s VIC GODARD alumni and Peel Favourites, THE BITTER SPRINGS. Tickets for the show are available here.
The gig follows on from BOHJ’s stunning performance with THE DOCTORS OF MADNESS at the same venue in the spring, and ahead of the release of their new album in October.
Funambulist We Love You, the band’s 18th studio album, is described as a “… literary examination of the malaise set forth by Brexit, Trump, the rise of the far-right and a general disenfranchisement from most post-war liberal values. It rarely names any names, and it’s far from strident, but it’s undeniably a record forged by 2017. (And you don’t need to look it up – a funambulist is a tightrope walker – even we’re not sure if that’s a metaphor or simply an obtusely snappy title.)”
Watch a trailer for the album.
Funambulist We Love You is set for release by Tiny Global Productions on 27 October and is available to pre-order here.
Rising from the ashes of seminal Newcastle punks SPEED and fronted by charismatic vocalist and songwriter Johny Brown, BOHJ were formed out of the South London squat scene of the early 80s, releasing three albums on Flim Flam Records before signing to Rough Trade. Reaching their (first) commercial peak in the late 80s, the band split in ’93, only to return with a new line-up at the start of the new millennium.
Along the way, Brown has been involved in various media projects including theatre, film and radio, with the band continuing to host their weekly Bad Punk show on Resonance FM.
The Clouds The Break The Sky, a 3 x CD compilation of the band’s Flim Flam recordings, is set for release on 25 August through Rough Trade and is available to pre-order here.