Formerly of Dinosaur Pile Up and Old Romantic Killer Band, Harry George Johns is riding solo with the release of his new mini-album. Called Post-Breakdown Blues, the six track release documents a dark and personal journey for the Leeds lad. Touching on issues such as mental illness and homelessness, it was recorded at a friend’s house in the harsh winter of 2011. Read Harry’s short account of the writing and recording process below:
“Over the course of one single week in December 2011, I lost my girl, my house, my job and pretty much my mind. I was sat in The Well in Leeds with a bag of clothes and my skateboard trying to figure out not what went wrong, but simply where I was going to sleep that night.
Drinking and drugs and all that stuff had taken over during the run-up to me losing everything. I knew I had to finally go talk to the doctors and therapists people had spent months urging me to see.
If there was anything that was going to help me pull through what looked to be the most heartbroken, poorest new year so far it was a handful of friends that let me sleep on their sofas, eat their toast and play their guitars.
It was my time spent with hometown-friend Matthew Wright in his humble home studio that we created ‘Post-Breakdown Blues’. This record is just some of the soundtrack to my breakdown, my loneliness, introspection and just trying to get fixed.”
Post-Breakdown Blues will be available from the 11th February on a “pay what you want” basis over on Johns’ Bandcamp page, and there’s also the opportunity to write the man a letter in exchange for a reply and some exclusive tracks, so get writing!