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Johnny Normal / Press

“25th August 2012... Parr Hall, Warrington: Johnny Normal opening for ADAM ANT... Parr Hall was pretty full, and buzzing with anticipation already when the support band appeared... and what a refreshing support act this was... Johnny Normal from Birmingham. Their set began with an ear-shattering extra-terrestrial wall of noise and then bang into 'Remember Me' , a Numanesque synth-led song which saw the guitarist burst into life and command the stage. The second song ‘How You Destroy Me’ struck a chord with the crowd and they were singing back the chorus as if it was an old favourite. Bravely the guys performed two of Adam’s own songs ‘Ants Invasion’ and ‘Killer in the Home’, versions approved by Mister Ant himself. The noisey audience were really into this act as they performed 10 engaging and exciting tracks and it was great to see a connection there, which is unusual these days. Top band, nice guys too. ”

“Johnny Normal, from the Midlands, have supported Adam before. Adam has chopped quite a few of his support bands, who quite frankly have been mediocre, but now I could see why a revitalised Adam had brought these fellas back. The second song 'How You Destroy Me' provoked more dancing and the crowd joining in with the chorus enthusiastically. More followed, including electro versions of Adam's own 'Ants Invasion' and 'The Magnificent Five', which had the audience virtually singing the rafters down (good move boys!). Vocalist and synth-man Johnny Normal, flanked by his lieutenant Psycho Pete ( an enigmatic guitarist with notable 70's styling) flew through a 35 minute set including some from their new album (notably 'Time', 'The London Sound', 'a song about mermaids and ending on the most fabulous and original version of Bolan's '20th Century Boy' which had the audience shouting for more at the end of the set.”

“Roadmender, Northampton, 30th July 2012...We arrived as Mr Ant’s warm-up act was nearing the end of his set – the disarmingly named Mr Johnny Normal. I was sorry we missed the earlier part as he sounded pretty good. Mrs C and I were both impressed at the look of the stage and the general sound quality from the performance. Mr Normal hoped people would buy his CDs later on – I expect he did rather well.”

“One of the highlights of Leamington Peace Festival this year was the appearance of Johnny Normal. Mid-tour, these guys agreed to perform on the Main stage on Saturday evening and despite the rain, were a real hit with the soggy dancing crowd. They flew through an impressive set list of well-rehearsed synth-pop and electro-punk songs which certainly entertained the festival-goers. Charismatic and very good sports too, these guys are set to make it big and we were honoured to have them here.”

S Gallagher - Leamington Observer

“First up was Stratford-based musician Johnny Normal, performing with the also superbly named Pshyo Pete, an unusual sound which combined Johnny’s Soft Cell, Depeche Mode style synth work with the rock guitar work of Pete. I particular liked the clever humorous, sometimes verging on punk style lyrics, stand out numbers How You Destroy Me and my personal favourite, Time, with plenty of killer guitar-riffing.”

“Support for this evenings show is Johnny Normal. Normal’s style sits well with the electronic/post-punk tag that has been applied. Indeed at times his vocal and sound is very Numan influenced, but also very raw and punky. NME have described him “as what John Lydon would have sounded like with A-Levels and a pile of synths”. Normal performs a number of songs in his set from his current album “there’s nothing” including “I Like Walking”. He also plays “London Sound” “There’s a girl that lives in the Sea” and also “Ants Invasion” which are well received by the audience. I think that Normal has made a few more fans tonight with his performance, so keep an eye out for him in future.”

“First off a mention for support act, Johnny Normal, whom many will have seen supporting Adam Ant last year. Well worth a look as he and his sidekick Psycho Pete run through a set of largely original tracks which borrow from early Pet Shop Boys with a hint of Sigue Sigue Sputnik. Being a friend of Adam's he usually does include a couple of covers of Ants tracks, and tonight's version of 'Ants Invasion' is superb.”

“(ADAM ANT SUPPORT ACT, JUNE 2011) Opening for Adam Ant on this particular occasion was two local acts from the Birmingham area. First up was Johnny Normal flanked by his guitarist sidekick, Psycho Pete - that looked and played a bit like a white Jimi Hendrix. The audience were treated to versions of Ant arrangements including Dog Eat Dog, Killer in the Home and Physical. The set was also intermingled with his own songs that combine the essence of 80s goth, punk and synth. ”

“Act one entered the stage. Johnny Normal. I have heard these guys' names mentioned in dispatches over the last year or so, having already seen them supporting Nash the Slash on the Numania Tour and they have featured at several small festivals already this year. Surprisingly they kicked off with an electro experimental version of Adam Ant's own 'Dog Eat Dog'. Wow! The audience were silenced. A charismatic vocalist/synth man and an incredibly talented Hendrix-style guitarist with a mad hat, Johnny Normal were a hit. Two of their own synth anthems followed before bursting out with more Ant songs, to the delight of the exciteable crowd... Killer in the Home, It Doesn't Matter, Beat My Guest and Physical... A daring thing to do in fron of an Ant crowd...performing Ant songs! I understand it was Adam's own idea...genius! After 30 minutes these two charming and entertaining guys left the stage with the fans demanding more.”

Ewan Davies - BBC London

“Enter Johnny Normal... Birmingham's electro-punk duo with anthemic synths, heavy guitars and pounding drums. Gothic crowds seem to have a soft spot for these guys, and they performed a full and exciting set of melodic synthesised pop/rock songs which got the dark siders moving. Great fun and lovely fellas too.”

Siobhan Edmonds - Dark Mills Festival 2010

“Johnny Normal were probably the one band to stand out on the billing as they were the only non-Goth band at a Goth festival... but let me tell you they went down a storm! The two brummie lads performed a list of original synth-based songs along with a terrific Soft Cell cover and will certainly be welcome back! Best tunes... How You Destroy Me and Jake's Ride.”

“INCESTUOUS at The Purple Turtle Sunday 28th June 2009 What an amazing night....! From the moment we arrived we knew that this would be a great night. Headlining the show was Global Citizen, mean, moody, almost perverse industrial goth electro...a really impressive act with charisma and attitude. ...But first we had a relative newcomer to the gothic industrial scene... from Birmingham, 'Johnny Normal' opened the show. These two guys (synths, percussion and guitar) introduced themselves as the cannon fodder (nice touch!) and immediately fired off a fantastic set of synthetic post-punk songs with style, attitude and wry humour. It was like watching Jarvis Cocker on synths, with The Edge on guitar playing songs that could have been written by Numan and Adam Ant...very appealing and infectious flavour. ”

“ Johnny Normal took to the stage at 7pm, as the audience were filing in...not a good welcome for any opening act). This Birmingham duo were a good choice to open, fresh, quirky synth-based rock and post-punk songs with some harder guitar to give a slightly retro, authentic electronic sound. They were amusing, musically talented and the audience liked them. A band with personality, imagine that! Must mention the I die You die cover...the best Numan cover of the night. Great guys too. ”

Roger Davies, Birmingham Post - Numania/Nash the Slash Tour

“So, It was ArtsFest 2007 weekend and Birmingham was alive with the musically adventurous, the wild, the whacky, the wonderful and the wannabees too. The largest free music festival in the UK, and in Brum too! I wandered into the Custard Factory and there he was in all his retro-electro-glory...Johnny Normal. This Synth-based electronic rock/pop act had already seen rave reviews in industry mags, and I wanted to see what the fuss was about... Johnny Normal performed a 35 minute gig as part of the ArtsFest Festival and I must say I really loved the vibe of the fella. He's a sort of mix of John Lydon, Adam Ant, Gary Numan and Soft Cell... Heavy synth anthems, driving rhythms, delicate pianos, Mister Normal, accompanied by Nige on guitar, gave a fantastic 1980's sort of synthetic performance that was really good fun. The Custard Factory gigs weren't well attended, due to poor advertising, and Johnny Normal deserved a full house. Interesting.”

S Jones - ArtsFest Birmingham

“Well, 'Johnny Normal' described themselves as 'the novelty act' for the night. A brave thing to do....a quirky electro band performing intelligent, acidic-witted synth songs to an audience of goth rockers from The Dark Side. After the venue sound engineer had nearly destroyed their opening song (appropriately called 'How You Destroy Me!'), Johnny Normal's charm and professionalism shone through as the guys played 10 eclectic electric numbers to an appreciative audience. These guys were relaxed and humorous, connecting with the crowd immediately. The guitar was woven beautifully in and around Johnny's perceptive and clever lyrics, combined with some really fabulous retro keyboard sounds and searing synthetic noise. Hard and dirty pop with a sassy synthetic feel, and some funny one-liners from Mr Normal. Incidentally, I got my hands on a Johnny Normal album on the night, and played it on the way home...surprisingly brilliant electro!”

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