Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) and Euros Childs (Gorky's Zygotic Mynci) are pleased to announce details of their debut album together as Jonny. Inter-twining the musical DNA of two of Britain’s most gifted songwriters, Jonny’s debut album proclaims the advent of an irresistibly infectious new strain of psychedelic pop. The self-titled, co-written album will be released via digital download on February 1st and in stores on April 12. Pre-orders of the CD from the Merge store will receive the digital version beginning February 1st.
Blake’s Teenage Fanclub and Childs’ Gorky’s toured together in 1997, and when Blake contributed guitar and vocal harmonies to Gorky’s bitter-sweet How I Long To Feel That Summer In My Heart in 2001, Euros remembers “it just felt like he was part of the band… from that point on it always felt like we might do something together in the future, it just took a few years to actually get it organized”. Euros eventually made it up to Norman’s house in Glasgow in 2006 to record “what we thought was an EP”, and the duo played a handful of rapturously received live shows, before finally getting down to putting a whole album together early in 2010.
The album artwork (image above) is also revealed to be the inspiration behind their unusual name. Blake came across the image on a friend’s website “and thought it would make a great record sleeve… and name for a band." “Sleeve first, band-name after”, confirms Childs, “that’s always the best way."
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Jonny album track listing:
1. Wich is Wich
3. Waiting Around For You
5. You Was Me
6. Circling The Sun
7. English Lady
8. The Goodnight
10. Cave Dance
11. I Want To Be Around You
12. I’ll Make Her My Best Friend
13. Never Alone
To further kick things off, Jonny are giving away a free, four-track download EP of non-album songs:
Free EP track listing:
4. Michael Angelo (by 23rd Turnoff)