UK born but now US based, John Graham’s new album is set to reach these shores showcasing slick, contemporary indie-rock with electronic touches and a heap of swagger. With influences including the Stone roses, Kasabian, The Cure, Depeche mode and more, it’s an album full of ideas which is primed to make an impact. The album is something of a departure for Graham, whose previous work under the name Quivver has seen him gaining countless plaudits producing house and techno music.
However, ‘Cold Sun’ and lead single ‘Roll the Dice’ prove that there are multiple strings to this particular bow, by turning out tunes which are strongly based on the indie rock genre. These hook laden, energetic tracks are then laced with dynamic electronic ideas, ported over from his experience in the EDM genres, to give them extra flavour. It’s not common that indie, rock and electronic ideas are mixed so effectively, with the latter adding superb textures to the former, and it’s certainly one hell of a combination thanks to the subtlety of John Graham’s genre bending.
The ‘Cold Sun’ album has been in the making for many years, being written in snatched time between full time work as a house and techno DJ and producer. It’s release is the culmination of an ambition John Graham has had for many years – to create a collection of songs that don’t fit neatly into a specific genre, and demonstrate just how versatile his writing can be.
His new music does a fantastic job of proving that thanks to a brazen and assured indie rock approach that drips with attitude. It’s a long way from the jungle and house specialist who started out in the 1990s and is well established in that environment. Over the years since, John Graham (as Quivver) has picked up myriad honours and career highs. The quality of his work can be vouched for by over 45,000 online followers, as well as record deals with Virgin, Warner Brothers &Hooj Choons who he has had record deals with in the past.
John Graham talks to Know Me Better Music
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Roll The Dice
John Graham, (a.k.a. Quivver) arrives on Distinctive Records for a jaw dropping beast of a single titled 'Roll The Dice'. It is brand new Rock / Electronic hybrid sound for John. The single also features remixes from the likes of The Time & Space Machine (Richard Norris) and Hat (a duo made up of techno producer Chris Carter and Paul Crossman from Distinctives own General Midi).
John Graham began music production in the early 1990s. Originally, he produced and released several darkside jungle singles under the name Skanna. He then established his Quivver project before joining Parks & Wilson to form Tilt. After several singles and a collaboration with Paul Van Dyk Tilt produced the top UK 20 hit "Invisible". In 2006, Graham appeared on progressive house/breaks act Hybrid third LP, I Choose Noise as a vocalist and subsequently went on tour with the group. The song "Choke" was dark and moody and was used extensively in Hollywood movie trailers
Roll The Dice is a huge Rock / Dance hybrid. It's brazen and assured, with pounding beats and an elevated vocal from the man himself that give the track an understated swagger and real bite. It's already featured Hollywood side.
Hat kicks of the remixes with his heavy, motorik Electro rendition, morphing the vocal into a twisted alter-ego and pushing the electronics strong and hard. Richard Norris aka Time & Space Machine is up next, taking the Cosmic route. The breaks still bang, but there's plenty of the T&SM magic floating through. Stay tuned for the upcoming John Graham album "Cold Sun". Due on Distinctive 29th June 2015.
Vents chat to John Graham
Check out the interview Vents did with John Graham in April.