Having spent his early 20’s fronting London based heavy rock outfit Burning Beard, John Joseph Brill established himself as a mainstay of the West London music scene.

The same musical community that bred The Staves, Laura Marling and Bear’s Den heavily influenced Brill to explore a more confessional, honest form of songwriting and in 2013 he left his former band and the capital and moved to Liverpool. There he honed his craft as a solo artist, immersed in the oeuvre of Leonard Cohen, Jason Molina and Neil Young he began writing and performing, in his unique baritone style, songs about everything from heartbreak to death and friendship.

The Pieces EP, (produced by Andrew Davie of Bear’s Den and Kristoffer Harris) laid a foundation at radio with support coming from Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio 2 and Radio X as well as in Europe.

The False Names, EP, spawned European support slots with Daughter and Bear’s Den, topped off with a sold out headline show at St Pancras Old Church and a support with Carole King at Hyde Park’s British Summer Time.

Latest EP I’m Not Alright was released in July.

John Joseph Brill Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Muscle & Bone’ below:

Plus support from MIKEY

On the Birmingham music scene for many a sun and moon –  in and out of bands and in and out of sanity – Mikey finally goes it alone releasing his debut EP Ever So Slightly. Influenced by Pete Doherty, Richard Hawley, The Strokes and The Clash, Mikey’s are songs for outsiders, insiders, uppers and downers, catchy ditsy day dreamy guitar pop.

Mikey Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Old Hollywood Smile’ below: