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Johnny Casino


JOHNNY CASINO
5X7 The Days Of Wine And Cola
Golden Robot Records
Release: 91 March 2022

JOHNNY CASINO releases new album  ‘5X7 The Days Of Wine And Cola’, out now on Golden Robot Records. 
 
Johnny Casino has released 5×7 – The Days of Wine and Cola, out now via Golden Robot Records across digital platforms, with the boxset available on Bandcamp here.
 
Johnny Casino (John A Spittles) is the founding member and songwriter of the great Australian rock ‘n’ roll band Asteroid B612, Philadelphia PA’s Johnny Casino’s Easy Action, the rotating line-up that is Johnny Casino and the Secrets (featuring the who’s who of Australian rock ‘n’ roll), The Egos, The Lord Street Sound, Carrie Phillis and the Downtown 3.
 
The ramblin’ gamblin’ man, is a musical journeyman equally at home in the high-octane atmosphere of Motor City garage rock, the fundamental three chord riffage of 50s rock’n’roll, the charismatic soul of Philadelphia or the dusty plains of Californian country. With spiritual guidance courtesy of Chuck Berry, the MC5, Berry Gordy and Gram Parsons, Casino is always looking for new musical challenges, whether it’s a riff to plunder, a melody to celebrate or a moment to capture. 

Get Johnny Casino’s 5×7 – The Days of Wine and Cola
On digital HERE
Boxset HERE

It is best to let Johnny describe the concept of the release:
“A crazy idea? Probably, but an idea, none the less!! I am a dreamer and as a kid while I was playing front yard footy with my mates, I dreamed of playing first grade (rugby league) for the North Sydney Bears. Once I picked up a guitar and started to write my own songs, I dreamed of the many ways I could release records. Well, up until now I have pretty much made a lot of those dreams come true, and while I never played first grade for the Bears, I have released many records in many formats BUT until now never a singles box set!
5×7 – The Days of Wine and Cola is 5 x 7inch singles in a handmade, hand stamped, hand numbered box which also contains a CD with all the tracks from the singles plus a bonus track and a handmade booklet. Would you call it ‘Artisan’? Maybe, but let’s just call it a lot of work, but fun.
Great homemade pizza is to thank for this project being what it is!
I had made a date to be in the studio with my brother Pepe to start work on new songs for a new album. We had started recording some basic acoustic tracks for the songs and at around 2pm we had recorded the acoustic “beds” for 6 new original songs. It is at this moment when Pepe says, “Hey, Johnny, I´m hungry and I feel like cooking some pizza, let´s have lunch”. If you have had one of Pepe´s homemade pizza´s, you don´t say no! So, after eating a belly full of pizza and a beer or two, we went back downstairs into the studio to keep working. I´m not sure if it was the pizza or the beer, but I then said to Pepe, “Okay, let’s just finish the day by recording some covers for fun and I’m sure I will find a way to use them in the future,” and so we did. Later that night in my home in Denia, I was reflecting on what we had done in the studio that day and it occurred to me that we had enough songs to make the ever-elusive singles boxset.
And so, it was born!
We made arrangements to have the rest of the band come in and play their parts, which took longer than usual because of the pandemic but in the end, we got there! Alongside Pepe and I doing our things, you can hear Isidro Rubio on the drums and percussion, Julian Marco on bass guitar and Lucy Ellis on backing vocals, all recorded and mixed at Estudio Tigruss in Els Poblets and Montepino Spain.
Mastered by Loki Lockwood at Creep Hollow in Melbourne Australia and brought to your ears and hands by La Vila Nova Records Spain, Folc Records Spain, Beast Records France and Golden Robot Records Australia.

 
ABOUT JOHNNY CASINO 
In music, as in life, there are those who are content to follow the path of normality and certainty, unable to comprehend the intangible pleasures that come with venturing outside their comfort zone. And then there are those who are prepared take a chance, roll the dice, spin the wheel and take whatever comes their way.   
  
Johnny Casino is such a man. The ramblin’ gamblin’ man, a musical journeyman equally at home in the high-octane atmosphere of motor city garage rock, the fundamental three chord riffage of 50s rock’n’roll, the charismatic soul of Philadelphia or the dusty plains of Californian country.  With spiritual guidance courtesy of Chuck Berry, the MC5, Berry Gordy and Gram Parsons, Casino is always looking for new musical challenges, whether it’s a riff to plunder, a melody to celebrate or a moment to capture. 
  
Johnny Casino (John A Spittles) is the founding member and songwriter of the great Australian rock ‘n’ roll band Asteroid B612, Philadelphia PA’s Johnny Casino’s Easy Action, the rotating lineup that is Johnny Casino and the Secrets (featuring the who’s who of Australian rock ‘n’ roll), The Egos, The Lord Street Sound, Carrie Phillis and the Downtown 3.
 
He has also been recording and producing albums in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Fremantle Australia, Philadelphia and New Jersey America, London England, Madrid, Gandia, Santander and Denia Spain. 

Johnny Casino – Love Over Fear

Johnny Casino – Another Girl

Johnny Casino – Twenty Twenty

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JOHNNY CASINO – Ghost Ships

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