Promoting the release of new album ‘Chaos and Calypso’, Brighton based multi-instrumentalist John J. Presley takes to the Edge of the Wedge stage on Thursday 1st February for what promises to be a very special night indeed. After a critically lauded debut album in 2019, Presley has returned with the hypnotic single ‘Sinnerman’ (a collaboration with friend Laura-MartyCarter from Blood Red Shoes) released in October of last year and which follows live shows with Radiohead’s Philip Selway and Gaz Coombes (Supergrass).
Presley’s music is hard to categorize but that is its strength – from folk blues noir moments to tasteful post rock walls of sound, – classic songwriting to improvised, experimental moments, Presley is constantly creating a tapestry that will engage, challenge and inspire. Comparison wise there’s a bit of Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Gallon Drunk and even PJ Harvey throughout his songs. I can also hear a mix of The White Stripes, Black Keys and Soundgarden in the fantastic ‘Left’ – a personal favourite.
Presley is the kind of artist I’d expect to discover on the Garden Stage of a festival like End of the Road, someone who would end up being an absolute highlight of the weekend. Catching him in the intimate locale of the Wedge promises to be a memorable night indeed.
Remaining tickets can be found here: www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk