John Joseph Brill releases stirring video for latest single ‘A Place To Drown’
UK and European Headline Tour November 2017
Having recently released his new EP ‘I’m Not Alright’ through Kobalt, John Joseph Brill today releases the stirring video to accompany his hauntingly beautiful new single ‘A Place To Drown’. A track described by The Wild Honey Pie as “a heart-breaking and complex contradiction that only a true master could pull off. Luckily, Brill is up for the task.” The evocative visual was directed by Paradise London’s Head of Video Production ‘KillaVista’ – a multifaceted creator, also known as Nicky Cook.
Watch ‘A Place To Drown’ here
Speaking about the track Brill explains, “it’s a song, as with the others from the EP about needing help. Knowing your head is not right and seeking clarity in the kindness of others. In this case it’s the offer of help, a suggestion that no matter what has passed between two people one can always be there in some way to help the other escape their demons.”
New EP ‘I’m Not Alright’ also features previous single and EP title track ‘I’m Not Alright’ as well we two new tracks ‘Smoke’ and ‘The Leaving Song’. Andrew Davie of Bear’s Den has both produced and performed on the EP, alongside his band mate’s and John’s usual collaborators. Lead single I’m Not Alright’, which was released earlier this year and having premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, clocked up over 220,000 Spotify streams and counting.
Having spent his early 20s fronting London based heavy rock outfit Burning Beard, John Joseph Brill established himself as a mainstay of the West London music scene. The same musical community that bred The Staves, Laura Marling and Bear’s Den heavily influenced Brill to explore a more confessional, honest form of songwriting and in 2013 he left his former band and the capital and moved to Liverpool. There he honed his craft as a solo artist, immersed in the oeuvre of Leonard Cohen, Jason Molina and Neil Young he began writing and performing, in his unique baritone style, songs about everything from heartbreak to death and friendship.
John Joseph Brill has now released two critically acclaimed EPs, amassing over to 1,3 million Spotify streams. The first, the Pieces EP, (produced by Andrew Davie of Bears Den and Kristoffer Harris) laid a foundation at radio with support coming from Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio 2 and Radio X as well as in Europe. Lead single ‘Muscle And Bone’ featured as Q’s ‘Track of the Week’, Clash’s ‘Track of the Day’ and received widespread blog coverage. ‘False Names’, the second of the two EP’s, continued to build increased support at radio and online and spawned European support slots with Daughter and Bears Den, topped off with a sold out headline show at St Pancras Old Church and a support with Carole King at Hyde Park’s British Summer Time.
At home in the U.K, John has sold out headline shows in multiple major cities and has supported Richard Hawley, Jenny Lee and Nick Mulvey. All this in addition to key slots at Reading & Leeds, Secret Garden Party and Wilderness as well as packed rooms at 7 Layers and Reeperbahn have made for a very exciting year both in the U.K and Europe for the brandy-warm baritone songsmith.
John Joseph Brill will doing an extensive UK and European tour in November, including a headline show at The Lexington London, on Monday 20th November. Tickets on sale now from: https://www.musicglue.com/johnjosephbrill/live
Nov 6 – Brighton – Prince Albert
Nov 7 – Bristol – The Crofters Rights
Nov 8 – Leeds – Oporto
Nov 9 – Birmingham – Sunflower Lounge
Nov 11 – Oxford – The Cellar
Nov 12 – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach (Downstairs)
Nov 13 – Nottingham – The Bodega
Nov 14 – Manchester – Soup Kitchen
Nov 16 – Glasgow – King Tuts
Nov 17 – Liverpool – Leaf
Nov 18 – Newcastle – Think Tank Underground
Nov 20 – London – The Lexington
Nov 21 – Cologne – Studio 672
Nov 22 – Hamburg – Nichtspeicher
Nov 23 – Berlin – Privatclub
Nov 24 – Amsterdam – Paradiso
Listen to the EP here
Praise for John Joseph Brill
“BEST FOR FEELING FRAGILE – John Joseph Brill – I’m Not Alright – Wallow In the bad times with this gorgeous synth 1980s-style ballad, the perfect home to Liverpool songwriter Brill’s, er, brill baritone.” NME
“Veering away from the turbulent tones of his previous material, which flitted between folk, post-punk, gothicky pop, towards vintage electro. “I’m Not Alright” is a matted mesh of intricate layers and breezy hooks – it’s still got bucolic guitars and Brill’s velvety baritone, but there’s a distinctly vintage vibe that washes over you.” The Line of Best Fit
“It’s a heartbreaking and complex contradiction that only a true master could pull off. Luckily, Brill is up for the task.” The Wild Honey Pie
“Prepare to fall in love with John Joseph Brill. The former heavy rock-star, has transferred into creating beautiful soul-bearing and spine-tingling tracks. Taken from his upcoming EP, “I’m Not Alright” was written during a breakup. Turning his heartbreak into inspiration, John created a stunning record which is heart wrenchingly intimate and ridiculously amazing.” Wonderland Magazine
““Kings” confronts the notion that our youthful hopes for our future selves aren’t always realized, and does so through a vibratory, deep baritone voice unlike any we’ve heard since The National. The song eventually crescendos into a layered ball of energy, before dropping out and going nearly silent, nothing but Brill’s deep (but vulnerable) voice remaining.” All Things Go
“There’s no way to deny that John Joseph Brill bares his soul throughout the intimate yet cinematic new single ‘False Names.’ Brill’s brandy-warm baritone pays homage to a friend, while his powerful use of doom-folk instrumentation honors the music John Joseph once secluded himself to, finding refuge in Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and David Bowie.“ The 405
“John Joseph Brill has a tendency towards soul-bearing honesty, towards heart-yearning melody. A true original, new single ‘False Names’ is a case in point. Easy on the ear but devastating in its approach” CLASH
“Invoking the confessional style of classic songwriters like Neil Young and Bob Dylan” The Wild Honey Pie