Wicked Boy Thursdays
Who Killed Nancy Johnson? + Compounds + Pax Atomica + Voodoo And The Crypts
Entry Requirements: 14+
Wicked Boy Promotions & Pyramid Studios Present this month's showcase. It includes a whole host of new bands and old favourites from Reading and beyond. Expect a diverse and eclectic evening with a bit of something for everyone!
Lineup: Who Killed Nancy Johnson? COMPOUNDS Pax Atomica Voodoo and the Crypts
Entry £5 (adv) £6 (otd) Advanced tickets available from Bands/Artists
14+ Show (Bring ID if you want to drink)
The Facebar, Ambrose Place, Chatham Street, Reading, RG1 7JE
WHO KILLED NANCY JOHNSON? are a Reading-based high-energy punk/post-punk band with a growing reputation as an incendiary live act.
"It's really worth getting to see these guys" - Punkarolla
Influences include The Ruts, Wire, Magazine, Black Flag, Fugazi, Killing Joke.
"Powerful yet melodic... this lot would be well received up Blackpool on the Rebellion line up" - Lights Go Out
The songs - apart from one cover that pops up in the live set from time to time - are original.
"A brilliant band... full of energy... a really cool post-punk feel" - New Music Saturday
Formed in Reading (UK) in 2015 from the embers of punk/pop band Nancy Johnson, the change of name mirrored a development from the frat-boy approach of Nancy Johnson to a more edgy and aggressive sound.
"A style that is quite unique... pour out a huge amount of energy... if you get the chance, go see ’em" - Plasma Music TV
Since 2016 the band has gigged at multiple venues in Reading, Basingstoke, Oxford, Guildford, High Wycombe, Kingston, London, Brighton, Chatham, Southampton, St Albans, Colchester and Cirencester, releasing their first EP, Cops and Robbers, in January 2017.
"Spiked with amphetamines... a band that embraces punk's origins as well as influences from the last four decades" - thePUNKsite
In late 2017 WKNJ made their first visit outside the UK with a couple of dates in Milan, and played a set for BBC Introducing LIVE.
"Quality stuff" - IssuePunkZine
In 2018 they released their second EP, Flat Earth Theory, followed by an eponymous full-length CD-only album that collects all their recorded work so far, including remixes and material not released elsewhere.
"Well worth checking out" - 4.52am
In June they tour France and an all-new album is in the works for late 2018/early 2019.
"Jaw-droppingly good... more hooks than a deep sea fishing line" - Scene Sussex
Who Killed Nancy Johnson are Stefan BALL - vocals; Pete MOULTON - guitar; Mark WREN - drums; Julien BRUINAUD - bass. The question mark is optional.
"Bloody good... shades of Killing Joke" - RG New Music
With a sound that harks back to the baggy and psychedelic britpop of the 1990s, Brighton’s Voodoo and the Crypts are a four-piece that relish in a sound both timely and timeless. Though relying on an already established aesthetic, the Essex natives manage never to feel archaic, and instead are breathing new life in to a genre in danger of stagnation.
Bringing to mind the likes of The Stone Roses or The Happy Mondays, as well as more contemporary acts such as Peace or Jagwar Ma the four-piece have been turning heads in their adopted home of Brighton since 2015, and with their latest single, look set to continue their ascent to the top.
‘Off My Mind’ is a loose and constantly shifting affair, built around tripped out textures and heady guitars, it harbours a mixture of ‘60s and ‘90s influence while ultimately feeling as fresh as anything we’ve heard in the past five years. A statement of intent from arguably one of Brighton’s hottest prospects, it’s a fittingly titled track that lodges itself in your head and refuses to leave.
With Brighton and much of the South already under Voodoo’s spell thanks to a multitude of festival appearances such as The Great Escape, and chaotic headlines, the band have now set their sights on the North and with a recently announced headline show at Manchester’s iconic Jimmy’s venue, it seems it won’t be long before they fall under it also.