John E Vistic

John E Vistic
Das Ubermensch
Deafendling Records
Release: 2 June 2023

Called a cult legend by BBC Radio 6’s Tom Robinson and ‘a towering figure on the UK live scene’ (The Metro), John E Vistic is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning songwriter.

Vistic’s live set is a fireball of punk rock n roll fury and psychedelic mayhem, his five-piece band setting off a stratospheric wall of sound.

As BBC’s Sam Bonham says, ‘Vistic doesn’t do things by halves…’.

Lyrically Vistic’s literary background come to the fore – Shakespeare stalks TS Eliot, Yeats and Pound, Oscar Wilde duals with Malcolm Lowry, and Martin Amis jostles Houllebecq and Harari.

The current album ’Under the Volcano’, via Deafendling Records, recorded with producer Tom Hackwell (Plainviews, Erotic Secrets of Pompeii etc.) was released in October 2022 and recorded at Bristol’s Coach House Studios.

Key live dates/support slots Mudhoney 2022 (and more forthcoming); Glastonbury 2022; Rebellion, Camp Bestival, Latitude Festivals 2023.

Plans for the future/aims for the band/project: 3 new albums in progress, forthcoming tour with Mudhoney (USA).

About the song:

Das Ubermensch is a song citing the Nietzschean problem of Eternal Recurrence in which existence recurs rather than only happening once. Vistic reworks the idea to consider why it is humans constantly need to have someone in the form of the ‘Superman’ to tell them all the answers. The song references Milan Kundera’s famous novel on the same subject ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ and the documentary films of George Stevens in post-war Berlin.

Band members:

John E Vistic – Vocals, Guitars, Synths, Drum, and bass programming
Dan Clibery – Drums
Rob Norbury – Guitar
Mark Furnevall – Bass
Bex Sneddon – Sax

For fans of:

Nick Cave, Cosmic Psychos, The Fall, The Sisters of Mercy, PIL, My Bloody Valentine, Frightened Rabbit, Animal Collective, Foals, Black Joe Lewis, Nirvana, Pixies, Franz Ferdinand, Gin Blossoms, Fangclub, Sonic Youth, Rolling Blackouts, And You Will Know Them By the Trail of the Dead


Musical influences for each band member:

Vistic: Stooges, Cosmic Psychos, Cave, Cash, Waits, The Saints, Radiobirdman, The Drones, Jim Jones, Sisters, etc.

Rob: The Deadbeats, The Faces, Tom Waits, The Stooges, The Stones, Emily Breeze
Dan: Pixies, Black Midi, Grinderman, The Heads, Gorillaz, Goldie, Afrobeat, Idles, Gin Blossoms,
Mark: Ramones, The Fall, Floyd, Strangelove, The Cure, The Cult, Fontaines DC
Bex: Pharoah Sanders, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, John Coltrane, Garbarek, Arnold Schoenberg, The Go Team.


Live shows:

Gigs booked til Nov 2023 including large festivals, Latitude, Rebellion, Camp Bestival.

John E Vistic has previously been played on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, and many others.

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John E Vistic links:
Band/Artist location – Bristol, UK
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