Johnathan|Christian releases new single ‘Hurt’ feat. Thomas Gabriel

The songwriter and producer of modern goth and darkwave known as Johnathan|Christian has released their latest official single, “Hurt.”

Johnathan|Christian’s “Hurt” also features the talents of Thomas Gabriel, Clause Larsen (Leæther Strip) and multi-media artist Victor Devilbliss AKA Michael Bann (Advent Sleep).

The single has been released concurrently with the “Leæther Strip” and “Michael Bann” remixes for an approximate total listening time of 13 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Sonorous, melancholy, and entirely heartfelt, “Hurt” showcases Johnathan|Christian as one of the most intriguing modern goth and darkwave artists of the year so far and promises that they has plenty more where that came from.

Darkwave and death rock’s Johnathan|Christian cites as main artistic influences Depeche Mode, Joy Division Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Mission, Muse, Radiohead, Christian Death, Killing Joke, Skinny Puppy, and Leæther Strip. Johnathan|Christian’s own sound takes elements from each of these and adds something fresh and unique for a result unlike anything today’s music fans have heard before. With an emphasis on passion, vocal delivery and instrumentation, “Hurt” by Johnathan|Christian has a little something for everybody.

Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Hurt,” Johnathan|Christian writes: “While Johnathan|Christian were working on their latest album, Henry Vaccaro Jr. reached out to propose a collaboration with a family member of a very special musical clan.

My father was a close friend of Johnny Cash, whom he had met through his role with the Kramer Guitar Company which grew to become the largest American Manufacturer of electric guitars in the 1980s. My dad was a huge Johnny Cash fan and brought the entire band guitars in 1976 and our families have been friends ever since. I first met his oldest grandson, Thomas [Gabriel] when we were children, and now watching him break out on his own, I was blown away by his uncanny vocal resemblance to his grandfather. His phrasing, tone, spirit, drive and humility are all these remarkable traits passed down from the Man in Black. I was already a fan of Johnathan|Christian and when I first heard Thomas covering ‘Hurt’ I thought between both parties, they would not only pay homage to Thomas’ grandfather but also to the original Trent Reznor version.”

Their current official bio relates: “For Johnathan|Christian members Johnathan Mooney and Tiger Koehn, coming up with something that would remotely do any kind of justice to both originals was a daunting task.

‘Trent Reznor’s “Hurt” was such an emotional song that told a very dark tale,’ says Mooney, ‘and then you have Johnny Cash’s version and that was like a huge kick in the stomach that just left you speechless in it’s rawness.’

For this to work, it was important for Johnathan|Christian to tell the story in a different musical light.

‘While Johnny Cash sings about all that’s left, I felt that grandson Thomas, whom while also had his own share of demons, is now on the beginning of a journey.’ Says Mooney. ‘An “Empire of dirt” is not only what we end with, but it’s also all we start with.’”

Johnathan|Christian’s previous releases such as 2013’s “Beautiful Hideous” have garnered more than 2.5 million streams.

Hurt” by Johnathan|Christian on the LABEL label is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, modern goth and darkwave fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Johnathan|Christian release new LP ‘Beautiful Hideous’



Alternative dark-rock musicians Johnathan|Christian have released their long-awaited LP record album, titled, “Beautiful Hideous.” Their debut LP release is comprised of 10 original tracks and remixes by UK industrial pioneer Martin Bowes and New York avant-garde artist Bryin Dall making for a colorful and comprehensive introduction to the Johnathan|Christian sound. The record, which has an official release date of 8 November 2013, has already begun to hit mainstream media with considerable force, bringing fans of the dark music subculture thronging to Johnathan|Christian websites and music outlets.


Johnathan|Christian are Johnathan Mooney and Christian Granquist, veterans of the alternative music scene. Composer Johnathan Mooney originally played keyboard for New York’s popular band, The New Creatures, and is now living in Orange County, California. Christian Granquist is well known in the Swedish post-punk scene having played with the members of the pop trio Day Behavior and is the keyboardist for the Stockholm electronic band The Atom.


Johnathan|Christian cite darkwave artistic influences including such performers as Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, Depeche Mode, Joy Division, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Mission UK and the Cure. Intuitively, their own music typifies the traditional darkwave sound, adding in soaring, epic refrains and dramatic fugues that create a style all their own.


Of their particular style and chemistry, Mooney writes, “Being more of a composer than a lyrical writer, my music is all voxless [without vocals]. When I come up with an idea for a song, it’s not just a song, “it’s a vision. I’m actually hearing a whole storyline in my head like scoring to a film. When I heard one of [Granquist’s] Atom tracks on, I knew right away that a unique voice like his would really compliment my dark vision.”


Singer Granquist concurs. “Lyrically,” he writes, “I seek inspiration in pretty dark themes: conflicts, separation anxiety and death. These require a certain type of quasi-cinematic ambiance which I’m not fully able to convey in my own music. Johnathan, on the other hand, had it already perfectly wrapped in a black little box. I directly saw that my voice structure and lyrics would be a perfect fit with his picturesque style of writing very emotional music.”


Dave Kendall, creator of MTV’s “20 Minutes” and host on Sirius/XM’s First Wave Channel, writes of Johnathan|Christian, “[This is] grand, rich, high-class melancholia. Get your Goth on.”


The United Kingdom’s Nightbreed Radio calls their sound, “Epic!”


DJ Cruel Britannia of the Fadeout Podcast said, “Their sound is an accessible yet dark blend of well-constructed tracks which would be just as at home in the closing credits of a film as they would by themselves on your MP3 player.”


DJ Paul V of The Independent FM said that Johnathan|Christian have a “Definite Peter Murphy vibe.”


“[Johnathan|Christian have] real quality and emotion,” said Martin Bowes of Attrition.


The LP record, “Beautiful Hideous” by Johnathan|Christian is available online worldwide beginning 8 November 2013, with their cover of Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur” as the first single.


-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer



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