John & Jehn

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
John & Jehn
Origin Angoulême, Mainfonds & Poitiers, France
Genres Lo-fi, Indie rock
Years active 2006–present
Labels FMM, Naïve Records
Associated acts Savages
Website Official website

John & Jehn (also known as John and Jehn) are a lo-fi/indie rock duo from France, in which John and Jehn are respectively Nicolas Congé (aka Johnny Hostile) and Camille Berthomier (aka Jehnny Beth).

History[edit]

John & Jehn started their musical career when the couple[1] moved from their hometowns to London at the end of 2006. The first song they wrote together was "20 L 07".[2] Influenced by Serge Gainsbourg, The Velvet Underground, Jean-Luc Godard, Gang of Four, John Fante, Joy Division, Jacques Brel and Johnny Cash,[3] They released their debut album, nearly all of which was recorded in their bedroom,[2] through indie label FMM (Faculty Music Media) in April 2008, to critical acclaim.[4]

After touring Europe, the pair returned to Angoulême in the summer of 2009 to build and record in their own studio, and to rehearse for their initial live shows as a quartet (supporting Franz Ferdinand in front of 8,000 people in Paris was their first). Their second studio album, Time for the Devil, was released on March 28, 2010. To support their second album on stage, John & Jehn were joined by Raphael Mura (from Underground Railroad) on drums and Maud-Elisa Mandeau (from Le Prince Miiaou) on guitar.[5] For their UK tour, Gemma Thomson (from Hindley) was added on guitar.[6]

In 2010, John & Jehn settled back in London. They toured Europe, appeared on the front cover of Artrocker magazine, and played "And We Run" and "Down Our Streets" for Tom Robinson and Jonathan Ross at the BBC.

Other projects[edit]

In 2005, Jehn (Camille Berthomier) played the leading role in À travers la forêt.[7][8]

In 2009, Berthomier also appeared as an actress in Sodium Babies.[7]

In 2011 they created their own label called Pop Noire, which aimed to release their new records and other artists produced by John in the John & Jehn studio in London. The first release, by the artist Lescop, was the track "La Foret" (produced by John and video by Jehn), issued in October 2011.

In October 2011, Berthomier formed the London-based post-punk band, Savages, using her pseudonym Jehny Beth.[9] The band also includes Gemma Thompson.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album information Chart positions
US UK
2008 John & Jehn
  • Released: April 28, 2008
  • Label: FMM (Faculty Music Media)[10]
2010 Time for the Devil

Singles[edit]

Date Single Backed with Record label Format Other details
2007 "My Friends" "Make Your Mum Be Proud" phuckit 7" single 1000 only
2008 "20 L 07" - FMM (Faculty Music Media) Download only
2008 "Fear Fear Fear" "Sister" FMM (Faculty Music Media) 7" single 1000 only
2010 "Time for the Devil" - Naïve Records Download only

References[edit]

External links[edit]