JOHNNY FOREIGNER TO RELEASE MONO NO AWARE
Out 8th July 2016
Birmingham: Sunflower Lounge – 8th July
London: The Crowndale – 9th July
Indie champions Johnny Foreigner are set to release brand new album, Mono No Aware on Alcopop! Records on August 26th this year. Mono No Aware, the band’s fifth album, marks the 10th year that Johnny Foreigner have been together, and they’ve seen it all – the peaks and troughs of the music industry at a crucial turning point in its history, and amassing a fan base so loyal that their frantic live shows still buzz with the same youthful energy and audience anticipation that saw legendary albums Waited Up Til It Was Light and Johnny Foreigner vs Everything become indie staples, and tracks like ‘Eyes Wide Terrified’ and ‘Salt and Pepper Spinderella’ become anthems. Every show is unforgettable.
Lead singer Alexei Berrow decided to sum up Mono No Aware in his own words, and in true Johnny Foreigner style:
“Johnny Foreigner is our band and Mono No Aware is our fifth studio album. We’re 10 years old this autumn. Not like, indie band 10 years where the first year is the only good album and the tenth is the reunion tour playing that album. 10 years of writing and playing and long-haul flighting and being a mostly happy mostly functional not completely unsuccessful brokeass working cottage industry/mobile entertainment unit. And it counts for absolutely nothing. That’s the magic of music innit; yr ears and heart give not one f**k for experience or actual skill. Sure, we can use those resources in a whole bunch of ways to try convince you that this next record is The One, but if it doesn’t connect on a more primal level, well, we’ve failed.
“I am waaay too emotionally invested to tell you objectively if this next record is awesome or a failure. Or worse, somewhere in the middle. I hope you’ll take some integrity from that statement, and that we’re not paying someone to write hyperbolic bs that would include the terms “legacy” or “maturing” or “still capable of…” I hope by now all of that was obvious. This isn’t a construct. It’s not even a lifestyle choice these days. It’s part of us. Johnny Foreigner is Us, the musical. We’re not the type of band to spin our personal delights and disasters into PR angles, but it’s all there in what we create. There’s births and marriages and drama and death. The casual horror you somehow just get used to in your 30s, and the moments of bliss and clarity you don’t (and hope you never do). As portrayed by 4 friends determined not to let all manner of acquired loved ones down. It’s definitely the most acute pressure we’ve felt, to go make art good enough to justify continually juggling our burgeoning families and tenuously stable lives with the now involuntary compulsion to go sing songs about it all in darkened rooms for days on end.
“I can say, we’re happy with it. So happy. Beyond thunderdome. It has the colours we wanted, it sounds rough and produced in all the respective proper places, the symmetry works and the mountains of actual artwork fit perfectly. It feels…right. Some projects we do are Hollywood montage smooth; we plan the thing, we do the thing, we celebrate. And some are like going into a cave for three months and emerging victorious clutching a severed demons head as proof. This was mostly the latter. It wasn’t clean or easy. It couldn’t have been, really. But it was a righteous kill. We are f**king proud to finally show it off, and proud of being Johnny Foreigner in 2016, and I guess that’s what this record is about.”