Intergalactic prog rocks the house

John Bull Chophouse
John Bull Chophouse

MUSIC fans in Wigan should prepare to embark on an interstellar journey into the weird and wonderful heart of prog rock.

Eclectic six-piece John The Baptist And The Second Coming will take to the stage at legendary rock pub The John Bull Chophouse to showcase their unique take on progressive music tonight (Friday).

The band, made up of vocalist John Togher, guitarist Paul Bibby, saxophonist and flautist Geoff Peach, keyboardist Neil Andrews, bassist Dave Parkinson and drummer Chris Atherton, will rock out the venue on The Wiend with their unusual sound drawing influences from across the wide spectrum of rock and prog music as well as jazz and electronic music.

It will be the second time John The Baptist And The Second Coming have played at the John Bull, and the band will also return to their hometown fresh from an appearance at Sonic Rock Solstice, a three-day festival of rock, prog and blues.

Landlady Victoria Clark said: “It’s not very easy to describe their sound, they are quite unique.

“It’s upbeat, rather funky music and they’ve got a good following.

“They’ve played for us before and they also performed at the Diggers Festival last year, and they were excellent.”

The band draw inspiration from a huge range of influences, melding the experimentation and long songs of prog rock from the ‘70s onwards with the driving rhythms and wailing electric guitar leads and solos of classic and hard rock.

In addition to claiming influence from music legends such as King Crimson and Bob Dylan, the group also channel the sound of the German krautrock scene, using electronics and trance-like rhythms inspired by ground-breaking acts such as Can and Faust.

The band also include spoken word and poetry in their recordings and live gigs, drawing lyrical influence from musicians such as Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart.

John The Baptist’s appearance marks the latest gig in a packed summer programme at the John Bull, which continues with the lively ska and reggae sounds of seven-piece Rasta4eyes on August 30 and a set of anthemic classic rock covers from popular local act The Mighty Voodoo on September 6.

John The Baptist And The Second Coming play at The John Bull Chophouse, on The Wiend, tonight.

The gig begins at 9pm and entry is free.

For more information, search for The John Bull on Facebook.