Artwork by @mystupidsketchbook
WHO are they?
JOHNNY KILLS are TIM, biological brother LEWIS LLOYD-KINNINGS and spiritual brother CAMERON GIPP. “We’d been in and out of several different bands with different line ups together for a few years in Cambridge, but started doing stuff as JOHNNY KILLS about two years ago. We posted a couple of demos online a bit before but that’s when we got our shit together. Pretty ridiculously we started up just as CAMERON started uni in Brighton, TIM started uni in York and LEWIS moved to London, so we didn’t make it easy for ourselves. But we’ve finished now so kicking things up a gear.”
JOHNNY KILLS‘ new single Who’s Counting? is out now on Killing Moon Records.
WHAT is the inspiration behind their songs?
“We tend to write songs about the stage of life we’re at – in our early 20s and pretty clueless. We describe it as early 20s panic because most of our songs detail the problems with a lower case p that you face at this age – stuff like awkward social situations, feeling that you don’t really know what you’re doing and young relationships, all with an unhealthy dose of overthinking.”
“In terms of music inspiration, we love loads of stuff but I guess at the moment we’re more noticeably influenced by fuzzy garagey rock – so bands like FIDLAR, WAVVES, YUCK. A fuzzy sound for fuzzy times. There’s loads of other bands we love too, like WOLF PARADE, BLACK HONEY, CARSEAT HEAD REST to name just a few.”
WHERE are they from?
“We’ve been pretty spread out between the three of us, so hopefully that’s meant we’ve seen and taken cues from a lot of different acts. Brighton is known for its great music scene with BLACK HONEY, MAGIC GANG and THYLA leading the way at the moment. London obviously always has loads going on and York is underrated for music we feel, being a vibrant student city. Cambridge also shaped us a lot, with there being some great bands we grew up with like FOREST and also BLOODY KNEES to look up to. Those guys were probably where we were first introduced to the ‘fuzz on everything’ approach we’re taking at the moment.”
WHY the name Johnny Kills?
“That’s a secret.”
WHEN can I see them live?
Have a look here for upcoming events.