TRACK OF THE DAY – Johnny Kills – My Shirt Guy is High


After impressing with the giddy garage surf thrash of their debut single  ‘Let’s Talk About Me’, Brighton/London/York based Johnny Kills return with an ode to boredom in the shape of ‘My Shirt Guy Is High.’ It’s a tune that contrives to make feelings of listlessness, ennui and guilt sound like a joyous celebration. Indeed a number of renowned psychologists have suggested in a world of constant distraction boredom can be a positive in that it actually encourages contemplation and daydreaming, which can often drive creativity. Or as philosophy professor Andreas Elpidorou at the University of Louisville put it “In the absence of boredom, one would remain trapped in unfulfilling situations, and miss out on many emotionally, cognitively, and socially rewarding experiences.”

Lead singer Tim explains the thinking behind the song   “It’s about self-inflicted boredom and the guiltiness it brings – feeling guilty about doing nothing and thinking that you should do something, anything, but having almost no motivation to do it. You begin taking pride in even the smallest achievements to essentially justify your day”

On this outing, the band combine a soaring coruscating guitar thrash swirling synths with the sort of slacker melodies that recall Green album era Weezer.


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Live Dates

15 September – The Old Blue Last, London (Free Entry)


Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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