John Biz

John Biz

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Classic Brill Building-style songwriting that changes lives; sonic experimentation in thrall to searching for that special, secret sound (you know the one, right?); all-American, just like The Beatles, or something. Doing it and doing it cuz we gotta. And looking good all the while.

Biography

Good Bio:

Industrial Park Records
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New John Biz record due Spring 2010 ... preview tracks now!

The ever-prolific John Biz is back in the studio again, working on the follow-up to last year's Steve Albini-produced two-fer, the Vida LP and accompanying Aloha EP. This time around Bizzo has enlisted the production help of longtime friend and Budos Band member, John Carbonella, as well as the musical talents of Claude Coleman Jr and Dave Dreiwitz of Ween (among others). Though the record will be stylistically diverse, it is conceptually unified by themes of loveā€“the ways in which we find it, keep it, lose it and carry on without it. This is a highly personal record, as all of the material was written in the aftermath of a devastating breakup, the emotional turmoil of which has proven to be fertile territory for the singer-songwriter. "We've got a mountain of material to work through," Biz says, "and we're going to finish all of it before we decide what will make the final cut, so it will be an interesting process." From blistering punk rock tunes to pretty vintage-rock ballads to psychedelic synth-folk freakouts, this record will have something for everybody.

Head over to Biz's EPK page to sample some of the new cuts: http://www.sonicbids.com/johnbiz2

Read a review of Bizzo's recent performance at Brooklyn Bowl: http://www.spinner.com/2009/10/21/john-biz-plays-eclectic-hometown-gig-at-cmj/

Evil Bio:
Oh man. Another god damned band bio. I'm just gonna cut to the chase here. I've lead an interesting life and I've worked with so & so and all that fun shit. Yes - I could and should try and impress you by dropping all kinds of impressive names, but I really don't think it amounts to a hill of beans. Just listen to the music - it's all there and that's all that counts.

I consider myself an urban folk artist with a country background. Growing up I started with punk rock, fell in love with jazz and blues (and expanded from there), but my songwriting style translates all of my influences through a folk format. As a composing artist I don't know where I'd be without Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie - all of my material starts on an acoustic guitar and songs are heartfelt but have a sense of humor and humility. My live bands are almost always different, and based on the combination of musicians, any song could have various musical translations. I like to keep things moving and keep existing material changing in new and colorful ways.

That said, any recorded or live music of mine is just a snapshot of a much bigger picture, kind of like a frame in a movie. My upcoming record, called RUN is a perfect example of all of this. It is very cinematic and while each song leads into the next, few resemble each other.

My music is always different; I'm always pushing outside my comfort zone. That's just where I'm most comfortable. My band is always different. I'm always recording a new record. You'll never see the same show twice with me, and I'm always taking risks. I might be pure evil. I'm just not sure. One thing I'm sure of though is that I'm fucking going for it. Hope ya dig the tunes. Thank you kindly.

Discography

John Biz - tXXXs Demos (2009)
Industrial Park Records
IPR-018

john biz / Higgins - Vida (LP)
2008
IPR-015
Industrial Park Records
recorded/mixed by Steve Albini

john biz / Higgins - Aloha (EP)
2008
IPR-016
Industrial Park Records
recorded/mixed by Steve Albini

john biz parmesan- American Awesome EP
2007 Industrial Park Records
IPR-013
Recorded and Mixed by Mike Moebius
@ Moonlight Mile, Hoboken

john biz - Demos for Burt Reynolds EP
2007 industrial park records
IPR-012
recorded/mixed 2006 by Travis Harrison

National Seashore - Love Is the Only God I'll Ever Believe In (2007)
IPR-006
genre: Folk
All Song Lyrics By Woody Guthrie, Performed By National Seashore

National Seashore (self titled)
2007
IPR-005
genre: Folk
All Song Lyrics By Woody Guthrie, Performed By National Seashore

john biz - The Happiest Days Of My Life
2006 industrial park records
IPR-004
recorded/mixed 2005 @ Electrical Audio, Chicago
by Steve Albini

john biz - the B-Squad Leaders
2005 industrial park records
IPR-003
recorded/mixed 2003 @ kill todd now, brooklyn
by john biz, christopher hill and matt robnett

john biz - the elephant in the room
2005, industrial park records
IPR-002
recorded/mixed 2004 @ kill todd now, brooklyn
by john biz, christopher hill and matt robnett

shake faithful - empathy
2001 industrial park records
IPR-001
recorded/mixed 2003 @ some factory in brooklyn
by complete amateurs

Set List

cool songs.