Recently, the Utrecht, Netherlands Hardcore band John Coffey posted on Facebook: “Last night actor Michael Clarke Duncan passed away at the age of 54. Nine years ago we decided to name our band after the brilliant role he played in Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Green Mile.’ We deeply regret his death and we will carry on his name.”
We’re big fans of both John Coffeys [R.I.P. Duncan, Lucius Washington]. If you don’t know the Dutch John Coffey, their second album Bright Companions is out this Friday, September 14 on Germany’s Redfield Records. And they’ve made two hilarious (almost)-single-take videos to promote it: “Romans,” a deadpan take on performance clip clichés (smoke machines! strobe lights! a violent climax!) and “Featherless Redheads,” a Houdini-like escape routine with a few surprises (cute children! a violent climax!). And their music rules (it reminds us of Motorhead! Queens of the Stone Age!).
Hardcore blog Legends Arising digs them, too, proclaiming: “ALBUM OF THE MONTH: John Coffey‘s brand new full length record Bright Companions is far from an average Hardcore disc. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure if you can call it Hardcore at all. The Dutch quintet produces dirty Rock ‘n Roll, with a southern twist and a touch of screamo. It’s clear that the band have their minds set on conquering ground with their Redfield Records debut.”