Debut album from Jack Name to release on Drag City imprint and God? Records | Music News

Underground Los Angeles artist Jack Name (aka John Webster Johns) is gearing up for the release of his debut album Light Show. The Lp drops January 21 next year, and is being distributed via Drag City imprint and God? Records. Speaking of the release, John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees, Castleface Records co-founder) name drops past legend influences such as Brian Eno, Gary Numan, ELO, and says of the record “wholly original and cooked at home… …The sounds are a dense and ever-shifting beast… …an absolutely put-you-on-the-floor headphone record.” Described as a rock and roll sci-fi novella, the album tells of an imaginary world in the midst of a gang war, with “teenage vandals” and “druid-like oracles” leading the crusade against a “juggernaut of psychological warlords”. An ambitious tale, to say the least. Jack Name is currently touring through western Europe. Tour dates are listed below.

Thu. Dec. 5 – Antwerp, BE @ Café de Valk
Fri. Dec. 6 – Brussels, BE @ SaTante Gallery
Mon. Dec. 9 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
Tue. Dec. 10 – Utrecht, NL @ DB’s
Wed. Dec. 11 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
Fri. Dec. 13 – Berlin, DE @ West Germany
Sat. Dec. 14 – Copenhagen, DE @ Bakken
Wed. Dec. 18 – London, UK @ Courtyard Theatre
Fri. Dec. 20 – Amsterdam, NL @ Nieuwe Anita
Sat. Dec. 21 – Rotterdam, NL Roodkapje


Courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR:

“Jack Name is a rare entity and a genius story/songsmith and I am envious as hell that God? Records is putting this out and not Castleface. Whiffs of young Brian Eno, Gary Numan, Chrome, ELO, Bruce Haack . . . even Richard O’Brien (a la “Rocky Horror”) and Stefan Wul stain the sleeves of this story, but it’s still wholly original and cooked at home so it’s as honest as it is good for you. The sounds are a dense and ever-shifting beast — just an absolutely put-you-on-the-floor headphone record. The narrative holds as much significance as the sound; hopefully there will be a lyric sheet so teenagers ripe for a push in the right direction can follow along, pink-eyed, with their index fingers.” – John Dwyer

Light Show is a rock and roll sci-fi novella by Los Angeles underground spectre, Jack Name: A chilling glimpse into an imaginary world torn apart by a war between rival gangs, the shadows, and the wooly bullies. Teenage vandals and druid-like oracles lead the resistance against a juggernaut of psychological warlords in this genre-bending explosion of sonic fiction, illustrating why critics have called Jack Name “an aural mirror to an A.D.D. generation.” 

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