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John E Vistic new album is set to erupt all over your turntable!

Bristol’s punk rock ‘n’ roll legend, John E Vistic, announces release of the new album ‘Under The Volcano’ set to be unleased on October 8 via Deafendling Records

Called a ‘cult legend’ by BBC Radio 6’s Tom Robinson and ‘a towering figure on the UK live scene’ (The Metro), John E Vistic is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and award-winning songwriter.  Vistic’s live set is a fireball of punk rock n roll fury and psychedelic mayhem; his five-piece band sets off a stratospheric wall of sound. 

As BBC’s Sam Bonham says, ‘Vistic doesn’t do things by halves…’.  His musical influences include The Jesus and Mary Chain, Marky Ramone, Jesus Lizard, PIL, Bauhaus, The Stooges, The Birthday Party, The Cramps, Sisters of Mercy, The Cosmic PsychosRocket from the Crypt and The Beasts of Bourbon, as well as contemporary acts like Idles, Metz and Fontaines DC.

Lyrically Vistic’s literary background comes to the fore – Shakespeare stalks TS Eliot, Yeats and Pound, Oscar Wilde duals with Malcolm Lowry, and Martin Amis jostles Houllebecq and Harari.  

This coming October 8th sees the release of his new album ’Under the Volcano’ (a ref to the infamous novel by Lowry) via Deafendling Records, recorded with producer Tom Hackwell (Plainviews, Erotic Secrets of Pompeii etc.) at Bristol’s Coach House Studios.

The new album has been described as ‘filthy’ by Damien of Mclusky/St.Pierre Snake Invasion fame and as opening track ‘Sublime Architecture Of Life’ explodes into life and hooks into your skin with its “we’re all in this together” refrain, ‘filthy’ is certainly an apt way to describe the cutting grooves and fuzzed-out attitude on display.

You can get a first taste of the album today in the new single ‘King Of Rock N Roll’ that splutters into life with a Bikini Kill ‘Rebel Girl’ tribal drumbeat; the song is about the emergence of the ‘universal expert’. “Suddenly everyone’s a fucking epidemiologist etc., funnily enough, written two years before covid!” exclaims Vistic.

‘Under The Volcano’ is Inspired by Malcolm Lowry’s island of Gin and Death, Bob Dylan’s Black Diamond Bay (‘seems like there’s always another hard-luck story’) Ezra Pound, TS Eliot, WB years, Shakespeare, and the general sin of Hubris. This album is Part One of a Three album Triptych, including ‘Sense of an Ending’ (Part II) and ‘Oblivion’ (Part III). Thanks be to Rabbe Nachman, God and Nietzsche. 

Catch John E Vistic live at the following album launch dates:

Bristol Club Loko (8th Oct) with David Ryder Prangley (Rachel Stamp) and Miss Kill.

London (14th Oct) with David Ryder Prangley and a new band featuring the son of Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, Nambucca London. 


  1. The Sublime Architecture of Death
  2. The King of Rock N Roll 
  3. Psycho Death Cult
  4. It’s Nature
  5. LOUTZ
  6. I am the Shadow 
  7. Long Black Cloud
  8. Heart in Danger
  9. The Moronic Inferno
  10. All Animals Again
  11. Rattlesnake
  12. Sapiens

All songs copyright John E Vistic 2021

Production and additional instrumentation: Tom Hackwell (Coachhouse Studios, Bristol). 

Record label: Deafendling Records, Bristol 2021

Artwork by Johnny Stingray, graphic design by Graham Dalzell

John E Vistic: Songs, Lyrics; Vocals, Guitars, Synths, Piano, Trombone, Violin

Dan Clibery: Drums, BVs

Graham Dalzell: Bass; BVs

Rob Norbury: Guitars; BVs

Bex Sneddon: Sax; Bas


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