|Bad Luck Jonathan
Release date: 2016
Jon Langford (the Mekons , Waco Brothers, Three Johns) stumbled into his latest project BAD LUCK JONATHAN on a remote Island in the Pacific North West. Consider the scene: A post gig drinks and witching party had dragged on ‘til direst 3 AM, words failing and minds mushing in the crowland. Langford craved his bed, poo-pooing suggestions that he and his murky band of local hired guns drive half way across the island and play songs around a bonfire for a mysterious cult of New Age hicks.
Former Whiskeytown guitarist Phil Wandscher and Martin “Blueshammer” Billheimer were shocked to witness the old man’s creeping ideological weakness and berated him harsh and much. “Have you forgotten what it’s all about maaaan?!?”, they cried in outraged unison. The years drained from poor Jonny; he sat down, appalled at himself, and revelations began. Yes… indeed… for a moment he had forgotten, but out there on the island in the dancing orange flames of primal pagan combustion BAD LUCK JONATHAN was born. The beetle-black sod has quaked ever since and will always, Damballa be praised! Voodoo socialist Space Rock for this moment alone! But also perhaps for the future spaceways and future ghosts. Hark, worms and angels. Harken!
On parole, Waco Brother’s Mayor Jo Jo (Joe Camarillo) and Captain Alanis Giggles (Alan Doughty) provide the reliably muscular rhythm section. The self-titled debut album was recorded in about half an hour with the mighty Mike Hagler at Kingsize Soundlabs Chicago.
“This album really brings the art and the songs together – a chicken/egg which came first situation. The songs are very visual and in some cases came directly from the paintings.”
Marc Riley Session at the BBC
There’s more Men of Gwent in Glastonbury on Youtube
Men of Gwent musicians are:
Jon Langford (The Mekons, Waco Brothers, Three Johns),
Matt Gray (Darling Buds, Give Me Memphis),
Julian Hayman (Give Me Memphis, Charlotte Greig, Discount Chiefs),
Mark Price (Two Marks and a Frank, Dirty Deelux),
Erik Stams (Darling Buds),
Barkley McKay (Pretty Things) and
Guto Dafis (Toreth).
1 Adrian Street
2 Old Wet Argus
3 Duw It’s Hard
4 Dirty Grey River
5 Llamas in Llanyrafon
6 Rebecca Been in a Riot
7 Ballad of Soloman Jones
8 Coves of Aberystwyth
9 Ll Maypole Dance
10 Pill Sailor
11 Shit & Lies
13 Prince of Ales
On hearing the news of witch Thatchers death and after years living solely within in the Welsh Valleys, the Men of Gwent finally went to the big City of Newport. Fuelled only by Tiny Rebel Beer and Penderyn Whisky, the group recorded this incredible love letter to Wales.
Listen in wonder as Jon Langford and his all-star motley crew take you on a personal journey around central Newport, coastal Aberystwyth, rural Llanyrafon and the docks of Pill.
Fans of the 1970s will be pleased to hear the song “Adrian Street”, a tribute to the Glam-Rock Wrestler originally from Brynmawr who now lives in sunny Florida.
“This album was over 20 years in the making. When I first moved to Chicago in 1992 it was important to form a band in Newport so I could pop back over for band meetings in the Riv every week or so. Julian, Smartie and Me were LL and we wrote songs about our home town transatlantically and once and a while in person. We did maypole dances at TJs and sang songs of sheep sleeping in the vale and lady coalminers and screamed our abuse at the belching chemical towers of Rechem. This record the Legend of LL was meant to catalog the great songs we had written down the years but as we started the process of organizing our obscure past Matt, Guto, Erik and Barkley appeared from nowhere and we turned into a real band that played Glastonbury and Green Man and stuff and wrote new songs about our hometown and changed our name and made this record” says Jon Langford hippy legend and Gaer boy of note.
JL and Jean Cook play a noisy Skull Orchard set at Schuba’s this Saturday 1/23 with Lydia Loveless for the BLOODSHOT/FEW/LAGUNITAS beer launch AND open for Steve Earle at CITY WINERY on Tuesday 1/26
11/13/2015 Milwaukee WI US Anodyne
11/14/2015 De Pere WI US Luna Cafe
w/ Robbie Fulks 11/23/2015 Chicago IL US The Hideout