I've recorded an impromptu new Searle & Johnston improvised album with Aidan Searle. We recorded it yesterday evening in a two hour session using only one microphone each - One pointed at the drum kit and the other at the guitar amplifier, moving it to the Grand Piano for recording the track 'Marshals'. The album's called 'Rule of Six' and features four tracks of free improvisation.

It's available now over on #Bandcamp


There's a a new Brutal Wounds EP on the way, we're just waiting to get back into the studio to finish mixing it..

You can keep up to date with Brutal Wounds news by visiting the Brutal Wounds Website.


I'm releasing four of the live lockdown improvised guitar streams as an album. It's called Dissonant Lockdown and will be released on the MuteAnt Sounds label in September. More details to follow soon...


All five of my recent live guitar streams are now available to watch in one single playlist, so you can sit back and enjoy a full 60 mins of dissonant lockdown guitar improvisation in one sitting!


I've released a compilation which includes previously unheard remixes from my 2012 album 'Voyage of Oblivion'. A couple of the remixes appeared on singles at the time but I've only just got round to putting them all together in one place. They are all really interesting takes on some of the key tracks from the album..

You can check them out on #Bandcamp.


I'm going to be doing some live streaming of improvised guitar while lockdown continues. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow on Twitter to keep up with when they are happening..


Released this week on #MuteAnt Sounds

A rough and ready recording of Searle & Johnston, recorded live at the Exchange in Bristol in October last year.


I'm excited to announce I'm going to be playing guitar as part of Damo Suzuki's band again in February. This time at Rough Trade in Bristol. Tickets available here:



Happy New Year!

I've recorded an improvised album with long-time collaborator and Hexit drummer Aidan Searle under the name Searle & Johnston. It features myself on Guitar & Grand Piano and Aidan on Drums, Bells & Percussion.

Go and have a listen over on #Bandcamp!


The Hexit debut album is released today.. Go and check it out on Bandcamp.. I’m playing guitar on it… It will blow your mind!

“HEXIT take an improvised approach to their strenuous instrumental workouts and filter elements of Kosmische, Post-Punk, No-Wave and Free Jazz. Built on a foundation of solid grooves and motifs, the album was recorded with minimal overdubs and intervention with the intention of capturing a sonic snapshot of the band in full flight.”

Check it out on #Bandcamp


I’m overjoyed to announce that my new album Three-Dimensional Living is out now! It’s available as a download or CD from… #Bandcamp


I’ve posted a new track up with a great film directed by Alan Cartwright called Gamblers… It was filmed on the cycle track underneath the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.. You can watch it below…


I’m proud to announce that my new album is finally finished and will be released on the 25th May. It’s called Three-Dimensional Living and will be available to pre-order from here in the next few weeks!


The new album is nearly finished, I’m just putting the finishing touches to it… In the meantime I’m playing some solo-acoustic gigs over the next few months playing mostly arrangements of new songs from the album. Next gig is this Saturday at the Thunderbolt supporting the Vapors which should be a sell out! Then I’ll be playing a headline set at The Bristol Fringe on the 21st September.

Spread the word.. See you there



I’ve posted a new track up with a great film directed by Alan Cartwright called Anaesthetic Apathetic… It stars Jonny Evans and was filmed in and around High Kingsdown in Bristol where I grew up. You can watch it below…


Thanks to everyone who has helped support the release of 'After All The Wishing…'. It's had great press and is still available to buy on CD and as a download from my #Bandcamppage..

Here's a great review of the album from The Quietus…

#AfterAllTheWishing… Album Review

Jim x

"Astonishing live… Never heard or seen an acoustic guitar played better!"

BBC Introducing

"Refreshingly intense, dark and brooding - reminiscent of Bowie’s experimentations with the industrial genre."

Divide & Conquer

"an album that is both futuristic and primal, detached yet tribal, dance-fuelled but swaggers with rock and indie moves, it is progressive yet familiar, focused yet constantly shifting."

Dancing About Architecture

"it's obvious Johnston has drive and vision…if you love classic Cabaret Voltaire, you’re in for a feast!"


"A modern-day successor to Scary Monsters"

The Quietus

"Chaotic glee, sinister whispers & genre-popping rock 'n' roll swirl to head-spinning effect!"


"A sprawling twisted masterpiece!"

Louder Than War

"Both weird and intoxicating, dangerously attractive and unlike anything you have heard before. In the right light it would be easy to convince yourself that this is actually a long lost album from Bowie’s Berlin years and there are not many albums that you can say that about."

The Rock & Roll Report

"Takes the listener on a cinematic journey through twisted soundscapes. alt-indie plains and just about everywhere else."


"A hell of a musician, exalted amongst mere mortals."