Back in 2017, I wrote a bit about the Brighton, UK/London, UK-based indie rock trio Johnny Kills. And as you may recall, the act which is comprised of sibilngs Tim (guitar, vocals) and Lewis Lloyd Kimmings (bass, keys, vocals), and their best friend and Cameron Gipp (guitar, vocals), quickly received attention across the blogosphere and elsewhere for a sound that draws from surf rock, garage rock and Brit pop with the release of two early demos “Take It Easy” and “Maybe Next Year,” and the release of official singles “Let’s Talk About Me,” “My Shirt Guy Is High” and “End Game” with drummer Fin S. Woolfson.
Now while it’s been a while since I’ve personally written about them, the band has been rather busy working on their forthcoming debut EP, slated or a Fall release through Killing Moon Records. The EP’s first official single is the off-kilter and anthemic “I Feel Like.” Centered around fuzzy and distorted, angular guitar lines, stomping drumming and propulsive, post punk-like bass line and a rousingly anthemic hook, the Blur-like track captures the panic and unease of early adulthood, with the recognition that growing responsibilities and obligations and an uneasy reality are just around the corner. And in some way, the song possesses a deeply cynical, fucked up air. In fact, as a result, the song may arguably be the darkest and most cynical of the up-and-coming British act’s growing catalog. “‘I Feel Like’ is a about a cynic begrudgingly accepting the fact that love is probably a pretty important part of life,” the band’s Tim Kimmings explains in press notes.