New Canadiana :: B.A. Johnston & The Magnificent Sevens – George The Animal Steele
From the unlovable troll mode of Paul Lawton:
I’ve seen B.A. Johnston’s live show over a dozen times and I’ve yet to grow tired of it. In the truest sense, B.A. Johnston is a traveling karaoke time-machine doing at least two coast-to-coast Canadian tours a year, playing in all the towns most bands are unable (or unwilling) to crack. B.A.’s audience ranges from alley-living crust punks to the upper-class indie elite, and he does it almost 100% DIY with little or no push from outside sources. The sheer magnitude of what B.A. Johnston has accomplished by delivering the goods at every show and inimitable work ethic is astonishing and worth note. On this, his first 7” on Transistor 66, Johnston teams up with Winnipeg’s Magnificent Sevens (road warriors themselves). Together, they give Johnston’s comedic balladry a hearty bluegrass backing. The four songs on this 7” find Johnston in his full-on unlovable troll mode, packed to the brim with obscure pop-culture references and moments of unexpected sweetness. There’s much to learn from this.