Harry George Johns - Tie Your Own Noose (Single Review)

The latest single ‘Hospital Blues’ by Harry George Johns is taken from his new mini album ‘Post Breakdown Blues’ which is due for digital release just before Valentine’s Day.  Harry had this to say about his new work:

“Over the course of one single week in December 2011, I lost my girl, my house, my job and pretty much my mind. I was sat in The Well in Leeds with a bag of clothes and my skateboard trying to figure out not what went wrong, but simply where I was going to sleep that night. Drinking and drugs and all that stuff had taken over during the run-up to me losing everything. I knew I had to finally go talk to the doctors and therapist’s people had spent months urging me to see. If there was anything that was going to help me pull through what looked to be the most heartbroken, poorest New Year so far it was a handful of friends that let me sleep on their sofas, eat their toast and play their guitars. It was my time spent with hometown-friend Matthew Wright in his humble home studio that we created ‘Post-Breakdown Blues’. This record is just some of the soundtrack to my breakdown, my loneliness, introspection and just trying to get fixed.”

This guy has been emotionally battered and bruised but survived and poured all of those terrible experiences into his music and it shows. Shining bright amidst the tuned down acoustic guitar and soft vocals are the burning embers of the hope that things must get better and the will to make them better. As soulful and melancholy as some of the lyrics are there is still that underlying edge of hope and better days ahead. ‘Hospital Blues’ is beautifully crafted and wonderfully understated but has more impact than many other louder and more brash artists out there.


If you want to see Harry live he will be performing at the following venues / dates:

March 7 –    Wakefield, The Hop

March 9 –    Norwich, Olives

March 14 –  Leeds, Sela Bar

March 23 –  Coventry, Inspire

April 20 –     Edinbrough, Hendersons @ St Johns