lundi 15 décembre 2008

still working

Hello,
we are back from Les Trans and Paris.
We wanted to thank everyone who came to our show at Le Nouveau Casino in Paris; it was sold out and apparently some people couldn't get in so sorry to them;
this picture was taken by Julien Mignot (you can see his blog here http://julienmignot.canalblog.com/) very good photographer we met in Rennes;
he also took pictures at Le Nouveau Casino so hopefully we will show more when he's ready;

After few days of rest we're still working; especially on our new songs but also on videos (!) with 3 different friends of ours; if everything goes well we should have a video for Fear Fear Fear in the new year;

we had great time so thank you;
lots of love
Jehn

vendredi 5 décembre 2008

Trans Sexual



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We are in Les Transmusicales Festival in Rennes, France, this week. We played yesterday for a wonderful audience. and the rest of the time, we are wandering around, seeing bands and doing interviews. 

As we were walking in the media center, we met our crazy girlfriends from the fashion magazine 'Modzik', very nice girls we always have fun with, Faustine and Eléonore. 
We were scandalised they didn't offer a slot for us in their pages about the festival!
Their idea was to create pictures around the theme 'Les Trans' . Some bands had the idea to do "Trans-plant" or "Trans-Ferdinand" pictures. We had the idea to do "Trans-Sexual" as no one was keen on doing it. 
Eventually, we're going to be the front cover! haha
evil Jehn


vendredi 28 novembre 2008

My tour with nick cave and the bad seeds

I’ve been on nick cave’s tour this week cause my very good friends joe gideon and the shark were tour support in uk. So gideon called me and invited me to help them on that . That was fuckin good ,even more than fuckin good. Joe gideon and the shark were beautiful on this big stages , they ‘ve got a new single out , check them out urgently!!!!

Now I’ll talk a bit about what I saw on the side of the stage when the bad seeds played. God I never saw such a good band in my life. I was a proper fan of every single mr cave’s songs before , seen him on stage several times but never that close and believe me it makes a godamn difference. On every shows I was hiding behind the monitor sound engineer on warren ellis’s side of the stage. War is the best word to describe what’s happening on stage when they play. I’ve been litteraly scared of the intensity of this guys on stage , they are shouting at each other , motivating each other like if they were under attack . Nick cave is at the front of the boat fighting with the audience like a mad admiral. He brings his guys into the fight by screaming at them and they 've been fuckin goin into it each single night since many years now. Technicians and roadies are running around the stage , jim sclavounos is creating an earthquake on his pink drum kit ( yes you can have a pink drum kit and look like a bad motherfucker) , Mick harvey is clearly the main lieutenant after nick cave , conway savage , well is off his head most of the time but still beautiful … Warren ellis brings all the madness and decadence in a very unique way, his body goes in all kind of directions , he plays exclusily tiny guitars ( electric mandoline I think) , He looks like a bad motherfucker too. They all look and sound perfect. It’s just the best band alive. I met some people around them on this tour , I heard many stories about their relationship through the years , someone has to write a book about them.
100% commitment , I never saw that for real before this tour. It was a revelation , I’ve seen the light.

John.
photo by steve 'uncle' gullick

jeudi 27 novembre 2008

our present to 'Les Trans' festival

this is a video we've done to celebrate the 30th birthday of the french festival 'Les Transmusicales' in Rennes.
you can notice how good John is at the piano!
this was done in the house we live in London. on a sunny day! incredible for England!
love
jehn
ps: we play the festival on the 4th of december 08


John is with Nick Cave

Hey there,
latest news, 
John is gone to follow Nick Cave on tour this week; he is doing the roadie for our friends 'Joe Gideon and the Shark' who are supporting Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in England. 
If you dont know them you should check them out, they are a fantastic duo, brothers and sisters. 
check the video below.
So John is having a good time watching M.Cave from the side of the stage, and I'm in London enjoying the craziness of the town,
big love
Jehn




mercredi 5 novembre 2008

liberation

another post to show that video we made for the french famous newspaper liberation. It 's on their website and it's called libe labo... Apparently on the comments few people didn't like our songs , i like to read bad comments , i never take the time to review things badly on internet cause i would need a second life for that.

anyway here it goes , just tell us if you hate it or love it or  shut up forever .

love on the beat


john.



mardi 4 novembre 2008

Welcome to Gravenhurst

Hello,
we've been on a little tour in France and Luxembourg. 
We played in Clermont-Ferrand and our show was being programmed live on the French Radio. Soon we will provide you with the link to Radio nova to listen to it.
we also played a show at Luxembourg. We originally accepted that show because it was with Gravenhurst and we are big fans. We had a great night and a bottle of champagne that we shared with him and his manager back at the hotel. 
Below is a video of one of our favourite song of him and he also says nice words about us at the end. Thanks to Nick and Michelle from Gravenhurst, it was a pleasure to meet you.
yours,
Jehn and john        

vendredi 17 octobre 2008

REGIS AND NANOU, Photographers

Regis and Nanou are a couple of photographers from france who came to take pictures of us last week end. 
They are good friends of us; they live and work in Toulouse. 
We're waiting for the selection of the pix they've taken to choose the cover for our next digital single out in the uk and France. 
Can't wait to see the photos.

Also, French people, you can listen to an interview we did for radio Campus here :
http://www.radiocampusparis.org/?p=5433

best,

jehn

lundi 29 septembre 2008

interview in french

here is an interview in french on this very cool blog : wow magazine

If you don't speak french then it's never too late to learn ...


john

mercredi 17 septembre 2008

Gainsbourg

Below is a link to listen to an interview we did with this nice guy called Conor in Cork, Ireland. We thought it was going to be an interview about us, but it was even better than that: he wanted us to speak about Serge Gainsbourg. And so we tried! Sitting in our van in front of the venue with the lights on, eating the sweets left on the table and people seeing through the window... 
The show is part of an Irish university radio called  Cork Campus Radio 98.3 FM, the theme is to ask musician to talk about an artist from the past.

Jehn 

(You can listen to the show on 98.3FM, every Tuesday from 11am - 12.30pm, that's if you're in the Cork city area. If not, you can also tune in online via the Cork Campus Radio website,www.ucc.ie/ccr (follow the instructions for the live stream). 

The interview = http://www.ucc.ie/ccr/audio/uoh.wav
the myspace = http://www.myspace.com/theundergroundofhappiness  

lundi 8 septembre 2008

epk + tap ( Groundhog Day)

hi everyone
we are still in France finishing the recordings plus doing some gigs. Tomorrow we are living for paris, we are in Poitiers right now because we played saturday night in the brand new theatre ( one of the biggest one in europe , amazing architecture) We had a great time , really good welcoming from the crew there. We did 3 sets in the night cause every shows were sold out. It was like being in that bill Murray film : Groundhog Day. You go in the shower between the sets and someone is knocking on your door shouting at you : "you are on in 5 mins"! The live pictures has been taken by Richard my very old friend from school, now he is a mad scientist , he's inventing new chewing gums ( the chocolate and mint one : it's him , no kidding)


also we did an epk : a stupid name for electronic press kit , which means you have to do a short video to present the band to the world. We were not motivated to do it first but then we had fun with our videast friend sam ( the tatooist in the video :joe moo, is also the artist for our album artwork ). Here you go:


love on the beat


john.

mercredi 13 août 2008

Recording in Mainfonds




Elvis at the BBC


hello
this picture was taken in the BBC building before we did the interview with Steve Lamacq. 
we are now far away from that moment, in France recording new songs in the country side with nothing around. Matt Farrar is with us to do the sound. we work and play boomerang to relax. 

jehn







jeudi 24 juillet 2008

we are leaving

we are leaving to france today for a month, packing the stuff in the van, we are going to record and write new songs there. Matt Farrar our soudman is going to join us in august. we'll have a great time I'm sure. I have to go now. but we'll post new blogs later to keep you in touch. all the best,
jehn  

lundi 21 juillet 2008

tour july photos



here is a stylish diaporama of our little tour in july , we started in paris with the kills , then a cool festival in nijmigen called valkhof affaire , and brighton & manchester with cut off your hands (lovely guys) , back to London at the old blue last for an headline show ( great fuckin night it was) with our friends underground railroad ,and then liverpool & cardiff with cut off your hands again.


On thursday we 're living for one month to France : new tunes & good food.

love

john.

"What the fuck do you want me to write?"

We asked our friend Alex Marshall to write this text for us (see below). 

Alex is a very good journalist, he writes for the Stool Pigeon and some other ecology stuff somewhere else I can't remember (sorry Alex), he looks upon what the government is doing basically, which is good. 

I think he was very disturbed at first about what we were asking him. I understand his confusion because what we wanted was neither a biog, nor an article, it was more like a statement, we wanted to give informations about our present and our decisions for the future. 

He did his job and did it well, i mean very professionally. In spite of all the constraints. 

Because we did gave him a hard time.

First, he was not paid and though most of music journalists today work for free, it is never a good position to be in. Second, we took a lot of his time with different meetings trying to understand each other about "what exactly do you fucking want me to write?". We had no idea at first, we just knew we wanted "something new".

But there is a funny story attached to this text too: 

We finally made up our minds and decided that me, John and Alex should meet for a kind of informal interview. Before that, we gave him two of our new songs so he could listen to them at home. The appointment was taken: 8pm at the ICA. Because of very bad traffic we only arrived there at 9.30pm and I know Alex, he is never late, he is always EARLY. With the pressure of making him wait and the pressure of traffic, and the reality of being a couple (maybe), me and John started to argue in the car and the argument was carried on in the street and in front of the ICA... where Alex was waiting for us, hidden behind the wall, we couldn't see him. I dont know how long he waited like that, hearing us, until he dared come out and raise a shy hand begging us to stop. It had been a long time since I felt so ashamed of myself. Then  he asked us "so who was right and who was wrong?". We said we hadn't decided yet because he interrupted us. But in truth, John was right and I was just too proud to admit it. 

But anyway, I dont know if we managed to reach our goal, I mean, if the piece is as good as our expectations. Maybe it is not (I dont think Alex thinks it is!) but in my opinion, it doesn't matter. What we understood and discovered while going through all that process with Alex is more important now than the actual writting.

Now we can go and record, we know what we want to say. 

Thanks Alex.

Jehn


John & Jehn: an update by Alex Marshall

You’d have thought John & Jehn – the exhilarating French duo – would be spending their days now wallowing in success. 

But for the pair, that album seems to have been shoved into the past. In their room in a north London semi – where recording equipment takes up all space the bed doesn’t – they’ve already finished two songs for the next record and they’re hoping to record the rest in the summer.

Impressively, the few new ones they have let slip live, mark a great change in direction.

Sister, the b-side to new single Fear Fear Fear, gives you a taster of that, filled with Gallic swagger. But My Love is the pick of the bunch – a great pop record, and nothing like the Velvets-inspired noir of their past. It starts simple, with little more than Jehn’s breathy vocals, but when the chorus hits, timpani, strings and trumpets roll in, Jehn’s voice soars becoming a genuine turn-on and… Christ! It’s stunning.

It’s easy to see which half of the band is to blame for the change. “It’s because of him,” says Jehn. “I would keep on doing the same thing if I could. Even before the first album was released, he was thinking about the second one. I was like, ‘We can’t think about that, we’ve got to play gigs and have fun.’ But he just said, ‘No’!”

“I just hate to repeat myself,” says John “I want to go everywhere. Every time someone says we’re a duo, I want to have 15 musicians on stage the next day. Every time someone says we are a guitar band, I want to use new instruments.

“We can’t be afraid of changing everything or doing something new just because it might end up sounding ridiculous.”

“He’s constantly putting me in insecure situations like this,” says Jehn. “But that’s a good thing because it challenges me, it stops me getting satisfied. It’s what makes me a musician.”





mardi 8 juillet 2008

proud

proud of our new single cover....

thanks to Steve gullick our photographer.

we can't wait to receive the 7".



jehn is away in France and we meet tomorrow for the gig in Paris with the kills.
O and i made a new tshirt of the duke for the occasion.



love


john.

dimanche 22 juin 2008

SUNDAY

we played saturday night at the monarch with let's wrestle and le tetsuo , both excellent. Great night it was. We made new friends and people were quite crazy and drunk . So finally we woke up today , sunday , and after eating the best sandwiches you can find in london maybe in the world( an italian place in crouch end , yes we will keep it secret) we prepared the photo shoot with steve gullick for tomorrow. It will be the cover of our next 7" , fear fear fear . We will pose in a typical even famous back alley of London with the words fear fear fear painted on white cardboards . Hope it's gonna work ... it should work cause steve is the best.

love

john.

mardi 17 juin 2008

IRELAND







































Hey we just came back from Ireland , we played 2 shows , one in Cork and one in Dublin . The Dublin one was part of the future days festival , we saw deerhunter , dean deacon and bonnie prince billy, amazing music... We had a great time with everyone in Ireland , it was a beautiful week end.

And yesterday night we went to see deerhunter again with liars @ koko in London , during the deerhunter show we were just behind a guy who kept farting and farting and farting. i wish this guy is gonna go straight to hell for that . The liars show was excellent as always , really shy crowd so we screamed as hard as we could , my voice is a bit fucked now.

We 're going to Paris tomorrow , we're gonna play @ La maroquinerie around 8pm , free entrance , we're looking forward to see the old friends.

today i'm listening to the dfa radio mixes , i needed something groovy.

john.

vendredi 6 juin 2008

3 gigs , one shark and a button.

hey we just came back from 3 days of gigs with those dancing days. Brighton , Leeds , London @ the 100 club... The last one was the best for us . Leeds was fun too.
Those dancing are really lovely girls.






(all pictures by Stuart)


O and yesterday night we went to see our good friends and excellent Joe Gideon & the shark @ the luminaire , fuckin brilliant as the usual.
check them out : joe gideon & the shark
Also we bumped into sexy Andy from fuck buttons , where is my fuck buttons album man?

lundi 26 mai 2008

Matt Farrar : very important man

Ladies & gentleman ,we are proud to introduce everyone to mr Matt Farrar , john & jehn 's soundman. Since 2 years now , Matt became the third member of john & jehn. He is the  soundman of the luminaire , if you 've been there before no need to say  that place is the best venue in town in terms of sound quality... 
We feel more than  lucky to have him by our side . This man has the power to put a real big smile on our faces in 1 sec. You don't need any kind of drugs when you have a Matt Farrar. Unique .

JOHN.

ps : here is a video of him younger when he played in his former band with aaron emerson : CURFEW ( Matt is the bassist singer with long dirty hair)


vendredi 23 mai 2008

einsturzende neubauten

waow , yesterday we saw einsturzende neubauten at the forum in kentish town. It was bloody marvelous . It was a honnest , generous and fascinating show. I liked the way they never go in the extremes , it was very neutral , i mean they know that they can go quite far in the sonic experiment but now they just found the good balance, it was a perfect exemple of how you control the energy . For that i guess you have to know yourself quite well and it seems that Blixa is in the good process. Fascinating artist and human being.


JOHN.

http://www.neubauten.org/

mardi 13 mai 2008

60 MINS OF MELANCHOLIA

hey
i made this mixtape for you. It's called 60 mins of melancholia. I know the sun is back but when i did the compilation it was fuckin raining all day ... But the sun will not appear everyday , and the time for my compilation will come! mwawaahahahahahahahah(evil )

I included a rare song from john & jehn , we recorded a cover of tim hardins years ago: if i was a carpenter , inspired by johnny cash and june carter's version.

check this artwork that the talented Marie Blanchard did for me , check her website below:
http://www.marieblanchard.com/

so the playlist is :

1 blink /sonic youth
2 Elizabeth My Dear / The Stone Roses
3 Night Walks / Black Mountain
4 Love In Mind / Neil Young
5 Then We Be / Duke GarwooD
6 carpenter / john&jehn
7 No Need To Cry / British Sea Power
8 Rather Lovely Thing / Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
9 La fanette / Jacques Brel
10 Home / Clinic
11 Must / Daniel Johnston
12 Love Song / Syd Barrett
13 do what you will do / Will oldham
14 Children's Hospital / Atlas Sound

DOWNLOAD IT HERE / 60 MINS OF MELANCHOLIA

JOHN.

vendredi 9 mai 2008

The Management

This blog should be an opportunity to introduce you to the John & Jehn "crew". 
John & Jehn are more than just a two piece band, there's an all family working back there that is worth discovering, individuals with strong personalities working together! yey! 
So the first of the serie will be "The management" with Sally Gross (our manager) and Sareata (her assistant).This video should give you an idea of the general mood in the house; oh yeah, you don't know? we all live together!

So prepare yourself, here they come!
video


Jehn

mercredi 7 mai 2008

SISTER studio

video
Hi this is Jehn. I write because we recorded the song "sister" this week-end and I thought I would let you know. It is a fine song, simple, classic, with good bass and claps. You may heard it before if you saw us play live. We've played that song for years on stage. now it's recorded. To kill some time we did those videos where you can see us and Matt, the third member of John & Jehn. A little bit of sillyness is always good for sessions... enjoy!

Jehn

jeudi 1 mai 2008

DUKE GARWOOD

video

this video of Duke Garwood was made during our launch night at the luminaire backstage. I asked him to talk about his old guitar "lucy" . You should go and see him play acoustic on this particular guitar .He is a mix between jesse james and chet baker. Duke Garwood is one the most inspiring musician i had the chance to meet in my life. Go and see him play , you will feel lucky too.

JOHN.

http://www.myspace.com/dukegarwood

mercredi 30 avril 2008

Steve Gullick



Steve came to talk to us after one of our shows and said he wanted to photograph us for his exhibition in Rough Trade, Brick Lane. That's how we met him.
Those are the 2 pictures he chose for the exhibition, they were taken under London Bridge before we played at Shunt. You can see them near the desk in the Rough Trade shop just next to Thurston Moore and Beck! We were very honnored to be part of this.

Few weeks later, we spent an afternoon in his house to take some more pictures. It was very peaceful and funny. We offered him a bottle of french wine, he gave us a picture of Duke Garwood.

jehn



mardi 29 avril 2008

why?



this blog of deerhunter : http://deerhuntertheband.blogspot.com/ is the main reason of why i'm creating a john & jehn one. It proves that it can be interesting and generous.
This guy is very inspiring .

john.