A concert is a hunt. That is what John Canoe – a surf/garage rock trio originally from the Testaccio area of Rome – think anyway. They initially formed with the name The Sasquatch with Jesse Germanò, guitar and vocals, and Stefano Padoan, drums and chorus. The group was renamed John Canoe with the arrival of Mario Bruni on bassand chorus.
A name inspired by a party, the almost Carnival-like parade of John Canoe or Junkanoo who animates the winters of the British Caribbean. It is not a question of surface: it is a radical change, that involves aspects such as sound and the composition of songs.
The result of this small revolution is their single “Nervous Breakdown”, released in 2014. It is clear from the title itself that for John Canoe singing is telling a story – with joking or energetic or shouted tones, depending on the event – of ordinary madness,of contrasting, intense emotions. With a lightness and perfect determination.
In November 2015 their EP “Actorboy” was issued by Boma Dischi IT and Fourtwenty Records. It contains the above-mentioned Nervous Breakdown, and other 4 tracks: an intro, “Beer and Pills”, “Start to Move” and the end piece “Untitled Mood”. Immediately after “Actorboy”, John Canoe went on a frenetic tour lasting a year,playing in 16 Italian regions. Then 3 concerts abroad, including the Magneet Festival in Amsterdam and the Sziget Festival in Budapest, where they won.
Live is the very dimension, or the hunting ground, as they call it, that John Canoe prefers. «Every concert is a hunt. It is just you and the prey in front of you. You have to succeed in hunting, in winning over who is listening, allowing yourself to be transported and in turn transporting the audience. That is how we like to get our hands dirty».
The story has been written by Ida Amlesù, writer.