Philippe Gerber/JOHN 3:16 has played more than 500 shows in the UK and Europe with the London based band Heat From a DeadStar (2004 to 2009). HFADS was the first non-US act to sign a record deal with the Boston-based label Ace of Hearts Records (owned by Rick Harte, producer of Mission of Burma, Lyres, The Infliktors, etc). The trio released its first album ‘Seven Rays of The Sun’ in 2008.
This album has been described as "abrasive, catchy, post-Wire post-punk" and "a Burma-esque adrenalin rush of banging drums, rumble bass and slashing guitars" (Big Take Over Magazine, USA).
JOHN 3:16 was started in 2007, as a studio-only project but after HFADS disbanded in 2010, JOHN 3:16 became the official live act of Philippe Gerber. The 5-track EP ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’ (2011) was critically acclaimed and presented the JOHN 3:16’s newly musical direction "synthesizing many different styles and genres such as those designed as psychedelic-electronic analog circuit no-wave, industrial, ambient, shoegaze, pop, trip-hop..." (Terapija Webzine, Croatia).
‘Visions of the Hereafter - Visions of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory’ is the first full length of JOHN 3:16 and is to be released via Alrealon Musique on October 22, 2012. The nine tracks were recorded at the Alrealon Studio/Laboratory(76). Carolyn O’Neill (Director of the Logan Square New Music Ensemble) co-wrote the track ‘Abyss of Hell/Clouds of Fire’ and William Schaff (Okkervil River, Songs: Ohia, Godspeed You! Black Emperor...) designed the original artwork.
The track ‘From Flame To Flesh’ by John 3:16 has been included in the latest Midnightradio/eisenlager/compilation
Thank you Nortbert/ Glasklinge Zeitenlicht
http://midnightradio-compilation.bandcamp.com/album/midnight-radio-compilation-11 (Free download)
John 3:16 will be playing live with Big Plastic Finger and Curanderos at Ortlieb’s (Philadelphia) on Friday.
John 3:16 with Big Plastic Finger, Curanderos
Friday, January 17 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Ortlieb’s
JOHN 3:16 is the official live act of European, now, West Chester, Pa resident, Philippe Gerber. Doing double duty as musician and principal in the Alrealon Musique label, Philippe/JOHN 3:16’s musical direction “synthesizes psychedelic-electronic analog circuit no-wave, industrial, ambient, shoegaze, pop, triphop…” (Terapija Webzine, Croatia). ‘Visions of the Hereafter - Visions of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory’ is the first full length of JOHN 3:16 and was released via Alrealon Musique in 2012. Side-Line Magazine (Belgium) has described the album as a ‘successful debut coming out of the hands of a creative and genius musician who has been maybe touched by the hand of God’.
Big Plastic Finger
Like nachos at sunrise, when you really need them, Big Plastic Finger is here to give you something to believe in. Spacious psych noise core at it’s most wondrous, it’s delicious pulsing washes your cells enabling you to go onward with a newly baked mind.
Improvised intergalactic excursions from members of Philly psych veterans Bardo Pond and Mid-Atlantic experimental ensemble Kohoutek. Though no two performances are ever the same, Curanderos’ sets traverse the same hypnodelic territory its members’ bands are known for: Kosmische raga drone, brain-scrambling analog electronics, alien percussion, riffs thick and syrupy like molasses, free jazz sax honk and flute chirp. Reference points include Ash Ra Tempel, Guru Guru, Can, Trad Gras Och Stenar, Taj Mahal Travellers, This Heat, Dead C, Skullflower and Sun City Girls.