Jim Johnston: After All The Wishing...

Contorted and wide-reaching rock from the Bristol dynamo.

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Let’s be honest, Jim Johnston isn’t exactly the most rock star or artistically mystic of names – it sounds more like the guy who’s coming to check your boiler next week. But we know better than to judge a book by its cover in these parts, don’t we?

Prog fans will get their jollies from the kaleidoscope of notes, progressions and atypical solos, while the vocal delivery and spunky attack aren’t too dissimilar from Knifeworld. Oh, and look out for the intermittent spoken- word storytelling from writer Damien Moran that binds the whole piece together and gives it yet another nudge into art rock territory.

Chris Cope

A writer for Prog magazine since 2014, armed with a particular taste for the darker side of rock. The dayjob is local news, so writing about the music on the side keeps things exciting - especially when Chris is based in the wild norths of Scotland. Previous bylines include national newspapers and magazines.