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.
Thank you Alan Herrick for including the track ‘Yetzer Ra / Derech Hashem’ by Rasplyn/John 3:16 (Drone/Electronics/Noise) to the new episode of (dis)PERSE Dispatch!
'Priestess of the Goddess' (ALRN044) by Rasplyn
“…Deeply transcendental, the framing and the opposing sonic positioning of light and dark shades is breathless, one minute luxuriant and sultry the next brooding and ominous whilst equipped in a full on cinematic wrap that comes replete with Ofra Haza like motifs. For ‘yexter ra / derech hashem’ she teams up with fellow Alrealon-er John 3:16 (Drone/Electronics/Noise) to craft something that has the air and feel of reaching forth to a given point, to some hitherto karma like plateau…”
Mark Barton / Losing Today Magazine (UK)
‘Priestess of the Goddess’ (ALRN044) is available via Alrealon Musique
1. Priestess of the Goddess
2. Yetzer Ra / Derech Hashem (Rasplyn / JOHN 3:16)
A quick email from John 3:16 of Alrealon Musique fame alerting us to new recordings the first of which is an exclusive as yet previously unreleased cut entitled ‘from flame to flesh’. pulled from his critically acclaimed appearances in Israel earlier this year ‘from flame to flesh’ sees John 3:16 in the kind of mellowing moods that long time admirers will surprise and hitherto warm to, the sound expansive, delicately navigated and dreamy comes kissed with the kind of panoramic framing and shyly toned intimacy as that more expected of a younger yellow6 or wil Bolton, dust tracked and sparsely woven though none the less seductively understated, it echoes an as were thoughtfully toned godpeed murmuring melodic mosaics to backdrop the hazy mirages at play in the Nevada at sky fall.
In addition you can view a 20 minute montage of the visuals used at the Israel show in March - these feature the accompanying backdrops to not only ’from flame to flesh’ but ’the holy mountain’ and ’abyss of hell / clouds of fire’…..
Latest track out of the cutting room is ’I am the light of the world, the truth shall make you free’ - a psychotropic head phonic groover best experienced with the volume dial turned up to melt, something for those of you who love your sounds trimmed in the meditative, an industrial dub-tronic beauty that’s both majestic and stately and very much voyaging upon a vapour trailing trajectory one suspects smouldered by some hitherto thought lost face off between muslim gauze and bill laswell.
Mark Barton / The Sunday Experience
…JOHN 3:16 then brings us ‘Ascent Of The Blessed’, and the first thing I hear is the tone of guitars, which seem to be reversed. A slight wash, like a wave of white noise comes through like a loud blender, then there is really nice electric guitar melody, traces of pads, heavily reverberating drums that are rather subtle. Vocals are another subtle layer added, and then the drums get louder. Guitar grunge drones swallow me up, it works really well with the undercurrent of electronic tones. Toward the very end are some interesting vocals, lofi and swirling amid the syrup of guitar textures.
Add a dash of sea salt, top with Swiss cheese, or enjoy with a chilled pint of porter…
Loving the mellow harmonic drones on ‘God Is Light’ by JOHN 3:16, like a tiny little ray of… well, no, that’s probably just the food colouring. Guitars come in, filling out the mix nicely, and these provide more of the rhythmic underpinnings of the track as well as it’s drive. An echoing, reverby breakbeat floats in, drowning in guitar and a bit of subdued vocal/screaming… very cool!
You know this does well made up into a glaze atop a slice of angel food cake, but it also tastes quite good with pastry puff and table Chardonnay…