John Power (musician)

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John Power
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John Power onstage Liverpool 2011
Background information
Birth name John Timothy Power
Born (1967-09-14) 14 September 1967 (age 47)
Allerton, Liverpool, England
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock, Britpop, folk rock, blues, acoustic
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar
Years active 1986–present
Labels Go!, Polydor, Eagle, Tanuki Tanuki
Associated acts The La's, Cast

John Timothy Power (born 14 September 1967 in Allerton, Liverpool[1]) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Power achieved commercial success as the bass guitarist and secondary vocalist for the La's from 1986 to 1991, and later as the frontman of Cast during the Britpop movement of the mid-1990s.

Following the split of Cast in 2001, John Power embarked on a solo career. Power has since reunited with the La's in 2005 and Cast in 2010 and they released the album "Troubled Times" in March 2012.[2]

The La's[edit]

Main article: The La's

Having previously struggled to find a permanent bass players since their formation, the La's recruited then 18-year-old John Power in July 1986 after he met Mike Badger at a course for unemployed musicians.[3] Whilst still quite inexperienced on bass guitar,[3] Power was mentored by Lee Mavers (a former bass player himself) and the core trio of Mavers, Badger and Power rehearsed and performed extensively until December 1986 when Badger left the band. The La's fanbase grew rapidly after the arrival of Power and the group recorded some of the demos which helped them gain a record deal the following year.

For the remainder of the La's' history, the band's line-up would change frequently with a constant duo of Lee Mavers (guitar, vocals) and John Power (bass, backing vocals) and various other guitarists and drummers. Power played on the band's early singles "Way Out" (1987) and "There She Goes" (1988) and was part of the recording of the band's debut album "The La's" released in 1990.[4]

Whilst in the La's, John Power emerged as a songwriter himself and two Power-written songs "Alright" and "Follow Me Down" were performed live by the band during 1991.[3] Following increased tension between Power and Lee Mavers, John Power left the La's in December 1991 and he went on to form Cast the following year.[3][5]

It was then announced in 2005, that the La's were to reform for a series of headline and festival appearances in the UK, Ireland and Japan.[6] Following these gigs and with no sign of new La's material, Power returned to his solo career.

Cast[edit]

Main article: Cast (band)

After leaving the La's in 1991 to form Cast, with whom he sang, played guitar and wrote songs, after four albums and a string of hit singles, Cast split in 2002.

After undertaking a solo "Cast Acoustic Show" tour in June 2010, Cast announced they would reform to work on new material and tour in November/December 2010.

Solo career[edit]

Following the split, Power released the John Leckie produced solo album, Happening for Love in June 2003.[7] Power would later comment on the album that ""after the demise of Cast, I was still writing Cast-like tracks, but without the verve I had when I believed in it.[4] "

Since the La's reformation, Power has gone on to release 2 further solo albums, more in the acoustic folk vein[4] on his own Tanuki Tanuki label, Willow She Weeps in October 2006[8] and Stormbreaker in January 2008.[9] From 2006 to 2009, Power performed live with the John Power Band featuring backing musicians Jay Lewis (bass, slide guitar) and Steve Pilgrim (drums). Oli Hughes replaced Pilgrim as drummer after he left to play with Paul Weller.

Personal life[edit]

Power grew up in Allerton, Liverpool near Penny Lane and attended Quarry Bank School. Power is a passionate supporter of Liverpool F.C. and has been keenly involved in the Hillsborough Justice Campaign. Power sang the lead vocal on the 2009 recording of "The Fields of Anfield Road", commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Solo discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart position Album
UK
[10][11]
2003 "Beyond the Sun"
(Desert featuring John Power)
137 Non-album single
2006 "Jumpin' Bean" / "Willow Weep" Willow She Weeps
2009 "Fields of Anfield Road"
(as part of Liverpool Collective)
14 Non-album single
2012 "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
(as part of The Justice Collective)
1 Non-album single

References[edit]

  1. ^ "INTERVIEW: John Power". Liverpool.com. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cast announce 'Troubled Times' UK 2012 tour – Music News". Digital Spy. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "The La's article". Angelfire.com. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "John Power Biography". Johnpower.uk.com. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "CastFromMars". Angelfire.com. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Entertainment | The La's reform for UK concerts". BBC News. 24 March 2005. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Happening for Love: John Power: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Willow She Weeps: John Power: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Stormbreaker: John Power: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Chart Log UK: Asher D – Dyverse". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "LIVERPOOL COLLECTIVE/KOP CHOIR – The Official Charts Company". Theofficialcharts.com. 18 April 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 

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