The garage-punk band Johnny Mafia hails from Sens, France–a part of the world more known for their wheat and cereal production than in-your-face rock & roll. On November 9th the group will release their sophomore LP Princes de l’Amour via the London-based label Dirty Water Records. The band just recently premiered “Crystal Clear" on Radio France's ultra-popular FIP station in Paris, our second listen in on the upcoming, Jim Diamond produced record.
Mixing guitar-driven garage hooks with a high-octane grunge of low-end, “Crystal Clear is a collage of punk-laced influences; offering a youthful, snotty, explosive and ferociously fun energy that drives audiences into a near-frenzy. Inspired by classics like The Ramones, T-Rex, and The Clash, they also draw heavily on contemporary acts like Ty Segall, Jay Reatard, the Wavves, and Oh Sees.
They have long been high rollers in the burgeoning post-garage punk rackets gripping the country of France over the last few years; high-energy explosive acts like The Scaners, Escobar,Les Grys Grys, Les Lullies and The Psychotic Monks have been burning up stages across Europe and USA with a vengeance!
Last month the band completed their first ever North American jaunt, making an appearance at the prestigious FME Festival in Quebec and have established their reputation above all else on stage and over the last four years as a featured attraction across festivals in France; Festival Printemps de Bourges (FR) in 2014 and Festival Les Eurockéennes de Belfort (FR) in 2016 and were recognised with a laureat du FAIR in 2017.
With their signature reverb-soaked slap-back fuzzed-out sonic attack, Johnny Mafia embodies punk attitudes and spirit of past and present with a firm foothold into their bright future as a young band ready to conquer the wider world of rock ‘n’ roll.
"Princes de l'Amour" Releases 9 November on Dirty Water Records - Stay tuned for pre-orders!
The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club's name is derived from The Standells' 1966 hit 'Dirty Water' which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, Country Teasers, Black Lips, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers, The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 126.96.36.199's, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original '60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.