A year in the making and recorded on two continents. Alternative dark musicians Johnathan|Christian have released their long-awaited LP record album, titled, “Beautiful Hideous” featuring their haunting and powerful rendition of Duran Duran's "The Chauffeur" as the first single.
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Alternative Dark Rock musicians Johnathan|Christian have released their long-awaited LP record album, titled, “Beautiful Hideous.” The album, their debut LP release, is comprised of 10 original tracks and remixes by UK industrial pioneer Martin Bowes and New York Avant-garde artist Bryin Dall making for a colorful and comprehensive introduction to the Johnathan|Christian sound.
The record, which has an official release date of 8 November 2013, has already begun to hit mainstream media with considerable force, bringing fans of the dark music subculture thronging to Johnathan|Christian websites and music outlets.
Johnathan|Christian are Johnathan Mooney and Christian Granquist, veterans of the alternative music scene. Composer Johnathan Mooney originally played keyboard for New York's popular band, “The New Creatures,” and is now living in Orange County, California. Christian Granquist is well known in the Swedish Post-Punk scene having played with the members of the pop trio Day Behavior and is the keyboardist for the Stockholm electronic band “The Atom”
Johnathan|Christian cite darkwave artistic influences including such performers as Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, Depeche Mode, Joy Division, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Mission UK and the Cure. Intuitively, their own music typifies the traditional dark wave sound, adding in soaring, epic refrains and dramatic fugues that create a style all their own.
Of their particular style and chemistry, Mooney writes, “Being more of a composer than a lyrical writer, my music is all voxless [without vocals]. When I come up with an idea for a song, it’s not just a song – it’s a vision. I’m actually hearing a whole storyline in my head like scoring to a film. When I heard one of [Granquist's] Atom tracks on, I knew right away that a unique voice like his would really compliment my dark vision.”
Singer Granquist concurs thus: “Lyrically I seek inspiration in pretty dark themes: conflicts, separation anxiety and death. These require a certain type of quasi-cinematic ambiance which I’m not fully able to convey in my own music. Johnathan, on the other hand, had it already perfectly wrapped in a black little box. I directly saw that my voice structure and lyrics would be a perfect fit with his picturesque style of writing very emotional music.”
Dave Kendall creator of MTV's “120 Minutes” and host on Sirius/XM's First Wave Channel writes of Johnathan|Christian, “[This is] grand, rich, high-class melancholia. Get your Goth on.”
The United Kingdom's Nightbreed Radio calls their sound, “Epic!”
DJ Cruel Britannia of the Fadeout Podcast said, “Their sound is an accessible yet dark blend of well-constructed tracks which would be just as at home in the closing credits of a film as they would by themselves on your MP3 player.”
DJ Paul V of The Independent FM said that Johnathan|Christian have a “Definite Peter Murphy vibe.”
“[Johnathan|Christian have] real quality and emotion,” said Martin Bowes of Attrition.
The LP record, “Beautiful Hideous” by Johnathan|Christian is available online worldwide beginning 8 November 2013.
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