JOHN E VISTIC

JOHN E VISTIC

 Bristol, England, GBR
BandRockAdult Contemporary

"When it’s all sizzling and smoking like this, the namby pamby dalliances of drum machines, vocoders and dance remixes suddenly seem a ludicrous diversion from the One True Way that is Rock N Roll." Venue Magazine live review

Biography

“The John E Vistic Experience have something special... the flavour of old school rock and roll delivered with an originality and freshness that makes it appealing, an energy that is hypnotising and a swagger that draws you in and spits you out when they're done.” (Simon Harvey)

With his whisky-drenched vocal, incendiary guitar style and hypnotic stage presence, John E. Vistic is a well-known figure on the Bristol and West Country live circuit. Inspired by great song writers such as Cave, Cohen and Dylan as well as guitar bands, like The Drones, The Stooges, and Dinosaur Jr, John E Vistic’s mission is to deliver powerful and iconic rock n roll songs with a raw and bleeding heart.

John E Vistic’s new album ‘Modern Love’ was recorded straight to tape at Bristol’s Toybox Studios by Ali Chant (PJ Harvey) and produced by Paul Corkett (Nick Cave, The Cure, The Horrors). ‘Modern Love’ is an epically amped-up album of dark love songs and familial meditations played with electrifying power by Vistic’s legendary rock n roll band – Adam Coombs (Keys, Backing Vox) Guy Fowler (Bass), and Dan Clibery (Drums) with additional vocals from Daisy Chapman (Crippled Black Phoenix).
A tremendous 12 months in 2009 started with JEV slaying their competitors at the Michael Eavis-judged Rockstar Bands competition, in which the band performed at the Pilton Party in front of 4,000 people alongside Dizzee Rascal and Florence and the Machine. Part of the band’s prize was to be the first band announced on the line-up for Glastonbury 2010 where they played three shows during the weekend including a set on the BBC Introducing stage which led long-term fan, 6 Music’s Tom Robinson to declare them “the uncrowned kings of the West Country”.

The band have honed their art through their blisteringly hot live shows - from high-profile supports to busy headline gigs - that regularly leave the critics searching for superlatives:

“Sideburns, shit-kickers and light-blue-touch paper rock’n’roll. The Vistics press pedal to metal and motor through a blistering set of old school values such as breakneck
guitar solos, greasy Hammond and vinyl trousers.”
Venue Magazine [Glastonbury Festival review, June 2010]

'...with no qualms and no flinching, as he shed first his suit jacket and then his shirt, he walked, ran and finally jumped into the vortex of what he and his band had created – beautiful, ugly, pure, dirty rock and roll...' [Crackerjack Live Review 2010]

"The JEVE's music fuses rockabilly, dirty blues and country with a rawness and energy that sends you and a bottle of Jack kicking and jiving back to the days when rebels didn't even need a cause. The Libertines meet Jon Spenser in a Rock N Roll Car Crash." [Moles Club Live Review Jan 2008]

To date JOHN E VISTIC have also supported (amongst others) The Jim Jones Review, C.W. Stoneking, The Bookhouse Boys, Middle Class Rut, and Alabama 3 (whose front-man Larry Love was so impressed by his opening act that he introduced himself on stage as “John E. Vistic”). Other festivals for the band in 2010 have included the Bulldog Bash, Trowbridge Village Pump Festival and a headline set at the Bristol Festival.

An early special pre-album release version of the track ‘Til My Loneliness Has Gone is also available now on vinyl on Impedance Records in Australia.

John E Vistic’s new album “Modern Love” will be released in all available formats on April 24th 2011.

RECENT PRESS:
http://www.venue.co.uk/music-features/11464-into-the-vistic

www.vistic.co.uk

Lyrics

Monkeys On Aeroplanes

Written By: John E. Vistic

Monkeys On Aeroplanes

(Lyrics and music by John E. Vistic)

So son what is your number?
You know we all have one
For every child that’s born dear,
Has a Tombstone on its tongue
But I am done with waiting
Though this precious peace is won
At every revolution
I still will bite my thumb

But the monkey’s on the aeroplane
And I swear he’s got a gun
Gonna take this whole trip over
Blow it all to kingdom come

So you think you are the favourite
And you have your alibi
You’re a Western Liberal Thinker
With your fingers in the pie
Gotta brand new Audi double-t
And you read the Guardian
Think that T.S Eliot’s poetry
Ends with a whimper not a bang.

But the monkey’s on the aeroplane
And I swear he’s got a gun
Gonna take this whole trip over
Blow it all to kingdom come

The Land of The Unsaved

Written By: John E Vistic

I do not know you or your name
But I spit on your fears and your miserable fucking game

And I do not know the mind of god
but if you scratch my eye you can see where the plank it gains

Well the King of the Streets is dead babe
I saw them drop him down into his grave
And the kingdom come and all belong
To this land of refugees and the unsaved

Someone called the cops too late there's one man down and another pushing fate

These lights like cheap confetti glow and the city bleeds and staggers show to show

Well the King of the Streets is dead babe
I saw them drop him down into his grave
So the kingdom come and all belong
To this land of refugees and the unsaved

So let me go now through the Land of the Unsaved

Each day a million lives go down and yet we still think we are just the same

Well the King of the Streets is dead babe
I saw them drop him down into his grave
So the kingdom come and all belong
To this land of refugees and the unsaved

So let us go now through the Land of the Unsaved

Gamblin Man

Written By: John E Vistic

Gamblin Man (edit)

Well the world has many harvests
Of steel and oil and gold
Warehouses of Kalashnikovs
Ready to be sold
And from the Opium dens in Shanghai
To the cafes in Kandahar
Them poppy fields still providing
The silver in the jar

Oh sweet pound stretchin creditors
I lie upon your rack
I pour the wine and wonder
Is sweet Judas coming back
Cos the devil’s in the detail
And the night is getting old
And there’s always one more thing to lose
To have is not to hold

Gamblin Man, Gamblin Man
When the lord made me he made a Gamblin man

So I’ll make another wager,
Spread-bet and a song
I watch them dices tumble
You know the six is never wrong
Cos I seen the shining mountain
In the bottom of a glass
And the news upon the widescreen
Is the thing that will not last

I’ve bet upon the the dogs and donkeys
The democrats of spin
On endless barroom brawlers
Highrollers and their kin
But no matter who is president
No matter who is king
The chance is in the numhers
And the gambling man will win

Gamblin Man, Gamblin Man
When the lord made me he made a Gamblin man

St.Pauls Drinking Song

Written By: John E Vistic

Late Night, end of time bell
we'll buy any old drinks
the late-licence sells
as we all head back to ours
to get drunk again
with the irony of wishes
and the same dumb friends

But she's so impossibly lonely
for only her heart is true
and the colours will drain from the sky
when she's blue

she says: the whole damn world
coming down on me
ain't nobody here or nothing
can set me free
i don't want anything from anyone and least of all you
i drink the bottle til it's empty
to my own dying tune

Well each one of us knows
we been living here too long
got our sweet song of sorrow
for a world gone wrong
for it ain't no good
when the dream goes sour
and artists turn to losers
hour by hour

But she's so impossibly lonely
for only her heart is true
and the colours will drain from the sky
when she's blue

she says: the whole damn world
coming down on me
ain't nobody here or nothing
can set me free
i don't want anything from anyone and least of all you
i drink the bottle til it's empty
to my own dying tune

so i got a rusty blue car
that don't drive so well
got a plastic guitar
and some words like a spell
but this romantic ideal
i been peddling too long
for a bag full of thimbles
and some deadbeat songs

but the whole damn world
coming down on me
ain't nobody here or nothing
can set me free
i don't want anything from anyone and least of all you
i drink the bottle til it's empty
to my own dying tune

Aquitaine

Written By: John E Vistic

I'm in love
with the Queen of Aquitaine
I am a poor man
but my love makes me a King

This is it
You can call it love
I don't Mind
Burn my eyes
I seen the sun
I'm on Fire

I was blinded
But now i can see
What it is
This Hecuba to me

This is it
You can call it love
I don't Mind
Burn my eyes
I seen the sun
I'm on Fire

All my life
I been waiting
For this time to come
When all is said and done
Aquitaine be my baby
my heart and home
when all is said and done
you can burn my eyes
cos i seen the sun
and i'm on fire

Discography

John E Vistic’s new album “Modern Love” will be released in all available formats on April 24th 2011.

First single 'Til My Loneliness Has Gone' out on pink vinyl on Impedance Records, Australia Nov 2009.

Classic Vistic tune 'Gamblin' Man' has also been included on a compilation released by German record label Wolverine in 2009.

Set List

The JEVE usually play a set of over an hour of original material (though they have been known to play the odd Cash/Cave song as well as their legendary version/rewriting of 'John The Revelator'.)

Their winning 20-min set at the Pilton party was:
Ain't Nobody Loves You
Aquitaine
Into The Night
A New Beginning

Current main set list:

The Weeping Song
Hard Luck Story
Modern Man
Aquitaine
Ain't Nobody Loves You
Garden of Love
Loneliness
Into the Night
Tenement Song Suite: Tenement Song,
Thomas the Doubter, Modern Love;
New Beginning
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Encore
Fulsome Prison
Revelator
Hold Me Jesus
Seventh Son