LOVES012: John Knox Sex Club and Over the Wall
We are proud to announce the release of a split single featuring the first new material in almost two years from two Glasgow bands. Post-folk-rock powerhouse John Knox Sex Club bring a shorter blast than we’re used to in the shape of “Animals”, but it’s no less soaring. Over the Wall bring another slice of their electronic indie pop with “Tell Her I Love Her” which is somehow melancholic and uplifting at the same time. The release date is 7th October 2013.
The limited edition green vinyl features risographed artwork by Emer Tumilty and comes with a free download of the two songs and another exclusive song from each band.
To celebrate, we’re doing two launch shows in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Fri 11th October 2013 – Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh
Support from The Meanest Creature Ever Known
Part of the Pleasance Sessions
Advance tickets – £4 (students) / £6. No booking fee
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The Animals video was filmed by Gianni Marini & Ciaran Lyons. Costumes by Pester and Rossi.
Over the Wall filmed a stripped down piano version of “Tell her I Love Her”.
About the bands
John Knox Sex Club
“John Knox Sex Club do more or less everything music isn’t really supposed to be doing at the moment, and they do it absolutely brilliantly.”
— Song, by Toad
“summoning an assault on the ears that winks at a range of comparisons, from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to Dananananaykroyd, but pulls on nothing specific.”
“creators of wild-eyed cuts that could blow the roof off an airtight presidential bunker”
—Drowned in Sound
After an enforced tax-break hiatus of 12 months, the John Knox Sex Club have reformed.
The real John Knox, as everyone knows, was one of the first official bobbies on the beat in Glasgow during the later part of the 19th Century. His primary role was strike breaking and enforcing licensing laws but he had a side-line in kickbacks from prostitution.
The band had grown up together in Glen Curney, a small mining-fishing village in Stirlingshire, but had lost track of each other until they met again while working in a nightclub. After much discussion they decided to form a band which would channel the MC5 and Fugazi.
This they did not do; instead they formed ‘The John Knox Sex Club’ (sometimes no the).
They have since released 2 critically lauded and commercially viable albums on their own Last Blast label.
They have toured the UK and played local support slots with amongst others Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks & Of Montreal. Along with this they have played unusual one-off events such as Rough Cut Nation in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the launch of Creative Stirling in St Allen’s Parish Church on Good Friday 2012.
Over the Wall
“more hooks than a ‘Peter Pan’ casting session”
“a talent for making complex melodies sound sweet and simple”
—Drowned in Sound
“They fuse together traditional folk with electronic samples, Bontempi organs, trumpets and earnest vocals to create perfect intelligent pop songs.”
—The Line of Best Fit
Over the Wall are back, and it’s the future.
The band, comprising Gav Prentice of Bathgate and Ben Hillman of Bridlington, originally met in Glasgow where they began inflicting their relationship on others through the medium of euphoric pop music. But the pain doesn’t stop there. Their release of EP “The Rise and Fall of Over the Wall” and then follow up album “Treacherous” on Motive Sounds Recordings opened the door for them to take on the UK and Ireland with their smash hit world tour “Around the Isles in 80 Days” in 2011.
Their music has received critical acclaim and been endorsed by fans of the television with songs used on TV programmes. More recently, in order to accommodate Ben Hillman’s burgeoning interest in the complexities of kazoo tuning, Gav Prentice has busied himself releasing debut solo album “The Invisible Hand” and collaborating with Kieran Hurley on National Theatre of Scotland’s “Rantin”.
But now they are back again with new tunes, new trousers, and a third thing.