The Johnny Halifax Invocation

The Johnny Halifax Invocation

“…Acid blues punk meets freeform drone raag transcendentalism”

JONNY HALIFAX is a godless free blues outsider. His new band project combines avant swamp blues heaviosity with kosmic free jazz experimentalism into rolling molten raag brut improvisations. A fluid collective of doomed and cursed malignant spirits on a mission to stretch and scorch minds beyond the realms of reason, summoning heavy sonic invocations of an hallucinatory apocalyptic near future.

Previously the creator of junkshop blues skronk one man band HONKEYFINGER, which then mutated into the gospel fuzz psych of Julian Cope endorsed JONNY HALIFAX & THE HOWLING TRUTH with their ““slitherin’ electro -programmed slide guitar driven mung worship”, alongside the ambient drone metal noisescapes of DEATHENTEREDINERROR, now THE JONNY
HALIFAX INVOCATION channel heavy meditations on the present into an uncompromising free blues transcendentalism that burn raga-shaped holes into your chakra with searing psychedelic intensity.

Inspired by Henry Flynt’s avant bluegrass experiments fusing country blues with eastern acoustic musical stylings, Spacemen 3’s contemporary sitar music, and the monolithic drone doom immersion of Sunn 0))), THE JONNY HALIFAX INVOCATION build hypnotic instrumental soundscapes using lap steel and homemade slide guitars, harmonica and alto sax. Underpinned by layers of acoustic and electronic drone instruments and fed through an arsenal of pedalboard electronics that would make Dave Gilmour weep. The blues are transmogrified, unhinged, reduced and reimagined as intoxicating, trance-inducing, feedbackdrenched noise paintings.

THE JONNY HALIFAX INVOCATION debut album
‘AÇID BLÜÜS RÄÄGS Vol.1’ is released in April 2022 on God Unknown Records, it plays like a psychedelic western movie soundtrack… frenzied electric lap steel guitar suites play to melting cowboy minds. Flaming tumbleweeds blow in slow motion across wide open concrete vistas. Jodorowsky’s El Topo meets Ballard’s High Rise in an apocalyptic knife edge disintegrating urban landscape, like the best nightmares you’ve never had.
“Shivering slabs of drone blues transcendentalism…a burning junkyard of sheet metal blues… Hot stuff.” Joe Banks, Shindig!

“With Acid Blüüs Räägs: Vol. 1, is the road that leads to the temple for the acid-damaged acolyte to seek refuge. The Jonny Halifax Invocation have made a record that acts as a soul cleansing exercise with drones and cascading sounds that strike in all the right places…. this is the gateway to a new kind of deity.”
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The JONNY HALIFAX musical CV also includes studio contributions to releases by Andrew Weatherall’s TWO LONE SWORDSMEN, UK metal behemoths ORANGE
GOBLIN, hardcore thrash upstarts HECK (formerly BABY GODZILLA), and pan european psych noise titans MELTING HAND.

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