John Timothy Power (born 14 September 1967 in Allerton, Liverpool) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Power achieved commercial success as the bass guitarist and secondary vocalist for The La’s from 1986 to 1991, and later as the frontman of Cast during the Britpop movement of the mid-1990s.
Following the split of Cast in 2001, John Power embarked on a solo career. Power has since reunited with The La’s in 2005 and Cast in 2010 and they released the album “Troubled Times” in March 2012.
Having previously struggled to find a permanent bass players since their formation, The La’s recruited then 18 year old John Power in July 1986 after he met Mike Badger at a course for unemployed musicians. Whilst still quite inexperienced on bass guitar, Power was mentored by Lee Mavers (a former bass player himself) and the core trio of Mavers, Badger and Power rehearsed and performed extensively until December 1986 when Badger left the band. The La’s fanbase grew rapidly after the arrival of Power and the group recorded some of the demos which helped them gain a record deal the following year.
For the remainder of The La’s’ history, the band’s line-up would change frequently with a constant duo of Lee Mavers (guitar, vocals) and John Power (bass, backing vocals) and various other guitarists and drummers. Power played on the band’s early singles “Way Out” (1987) and “There She Goes” (1988) and was part of the recording of the band’s debut album The La’s released in 1990.
Whilst in The La’s, John Power emerged as a songwriter himself and two Power-written songs “Alright” and “Follow Me Down” were performed live by the band during 1991. Following increased tension between Power and Lee Mavers, John Power left The La’s in December 1991 and he went on to form Cast the following year.
It was then announced in 2005, that The La’s were to reform for a series of headline and festival appearances in the UK, Ireland and Japan. Following these gigs and with no sign of new La’s material, Power returned to his solo career.
Power released the John Leckie produced solo album, Happening for Love in June 2003. Power would later comment on the album that ““after the demise of Cast, I was still writing Cast-like tracks, but without the verve I had when I believed in it.
Since the La’s reformation, Power has gone on to release 2 further solo albums, more in the acoustic folk vein on his own Tanuki Tanuki label, Willow She Weeps in October 2006 and Stormbreaker in January 2008. From 2006 to 2009, Power performed live with The John Power Band featuring backing musicians Jay Lewis (bass, slide guitar) and Steve Pilgrim (drums). Oli Hughes replaced Pilgrim as drummer after he left to play with Paul Weller.
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