Spill Magazine: Johnny Mafia "Princes de l'Amour"
Johnny Mafia have long been high rollers in the burgeoning post-garage punk rackets gripping the country of France over the last few years; high-energy explosive acts like The Scaners, Escobar, Les Grys Grys, Les Lullies and The Arrogants have been burning up stages across Europe and USA with a vengeance, adding their craft to the long list of finer French exports suited to the more cultivated of music connoisseur.
The group hail from Sens, Burgundy (which is known more for it’s wheat and cereal production than rock ‘n’ roll) and bring a young, snotty, explosive and ferociously fun energy that drives audiences into a near-frenzy. Inspired by classics like The Ramones, T-Rex and The Clash. They also draw heavily on contemporary acts like Ty Segall, Jay Reatard and the Wavves.
On November 9th the group will release their sophomore LP Princes de l’Amour via the London-based label Dirty Water Records. This month the band delivered “Big Brawl,” our first listen in on the upcoming, Jim Diamond produced record. LIVE EYE TV MUSIC BLOG described: “The track opens with a sinister sounding Black Metal drone, but it serves only to throw you off the scent of just what the group has cooking on this adrenaline-drenched cut. Mixing guitar-driven garage hooks with a high-octane grunge of low-end, “Big Brawl” is a riotous collage of punk-laced influences. The video for the track was directed by Nathan Bouam, and it finds Johnny Mafia presiding over a Satanic orgy of Fight Club violence. With leather-clad ruffians hyped up on raw meat, this no-holds-barred brawl features Goths versus Goons in a mosh pit of death”.
With their signature reverb-soaked slap-back fuzzed out sonic attack, Johnny Mafia embodies the attitude and spirit of punk’s past and present, with a firm foothold into their future as a young band ready to conquer the wider world of rock n roll.