Cabaret? Rock? Self-aware musical masturbation? We really didn’t know what to think of the johns when we first heard their debut, the johns WANNA Dance. “They sound like a movie band” was our first reaction, but we were quick to add, “And that’s not a bad thing”. The New York-based quintet’s full-length offers a buffet of burlesque-inspired dance punk rock disco. See why we were confused?
It comes as no surprise that two of the band’s members also have pasts as actors. One of them, guitarist Jaime, perfectly described the johns’ mix-match, “I think we’re a completely unique sound. We’re like no other band on the planet, because we come from five different influences to create something wholly new and fresh and awesome.”
Our friend Ron Sella recently wrangled the boys for a photo shoot, while our editor interviewed the boys to get a better idea of where they’re coming from. Read – and see! – the results on the next page. (Bet you thought we were going to say “after the jump”!)
Oh, and here’s their first single, “I Want It Bad”.