John Mohan | Demos London 1986-87

Another guitar player that ended up on my list was John Mohan, who played with bands such as The Servants, Apple Boutique and Felt. Quite recently, German label Edition 59 released a 3″ featuring three unreleased solo demos by Mohan, recorded between 1986 and 1987 while he was accompanying David Westlake on Servants releases (like “She’s Always Hiding”, one of my favourite singles of the 80s).  The instrumentation is a rudimentary guitar and bass over a cheap drum machine, but Mohan’s playing is worth hearing even is this context. The songs are fairly long and more reminiscent of the Apple Boutique 12″ on Creation (the band name taken from a Felt song). This, the Love Resistance ep, is also available on 3″ from Edition 59.

The Servants’ early material was reissued by Cherry Red, on the Reserved cd, but Captured Tracks have just announced that they’re putting out some of the same material on vinyl this year! Also in the works is an LP with unreleased songs, and perhaps even a reissue of Disinterest, the band’s only full-length (1990).

And finally in Felt news, I’d like to remind you that the 2nd pressing of the nicely designed Foxtrot Echo Lima Tango – the Felt tribute fanzine – is all but gone. Check their blog for stockists that still might have it.

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