It's a pretty good time to be Jono Mofo. Sure, he might have been cursed by parents with a particularly unfortunate sense of humour, but hey, he made it out of his native South Wales and is holding down a relatively stable job in glamorous New York City. His local football team, the mighty Cardiff City, an unfashionable bunch who (aside from making it through to last season's FA Cup Final) haven't really achieved a great deal since wining the cup in 1927 and beating Real Madrid in 1971, look as if they might get promoted this season to the top flight.
Oh, the day job's going pretty well too. Jono's on bass duties in A Place To Bury Strangers. They aren't quite as mighty as the Bluebirds, but they've had a hell of a year. From being the buzz band of last year's SXSW, they've toured with the Dandy Warhols and MGMT, wowing audiences with they darkly psychedelic debut album and their punishing live show. They've been getting reviews from the alternative sections of Her Majesty's press that use impressive phrases like 'exhilaratingly effective', 'ferocious eloquence' and 'Fuuuuuukkkkkggggheellllll. YES.' They last stormed around the UK, scaring epileptics and horses alike at the end of last year.
Now, they're back. Which is good news if your ears have stopped ringing from the last shows. If not, then its probably best that you see a doctor. On no account should you go see them live. T
To mark their return, the record label is issuing a live favourite and the opening track from their debut album, Missing You, as a single (out April 6th, collectors and obssesives). It's one of the album's standout tracks and showcases Oliver Ackermann's skin flaying guitar, taking no prisoners on the way.
It's a good track, and all, but surely most of the people that would be likely to buy it already own a copy of the album and the extra tracks (a demo version, and two remixes of their last single, the charmingly named To Fix A Gash In Your Head, one of which by Peter Holmstrom from the Dandys) aren't going to be the type of things you are going to play over and over again. What the hell, buy it. It'll only cost you a couple of quid.
Better still, go see them on their upcoming tour of the UK (bigger venues this time, and you get to see Darker My Love, who I PROMISE will blow you away if the headliners don't): April 1st, Glasgow, Stereo, April 2nd, Manchester, Ruby Lounge, April 3rd, Leeds, Cockpit, April 5th (the same day as Cardiff City play Swansea – please tell me Jono is taking the rest of the band to this!?), Birmingham, Barfly, April 6th, London, Kings College.