John Nicholson of Pist: Pre-Tour Interview


Q: APF has just rereleased your debut EP “Riffology” and first album “Rhythm & Booze” as “68OFO”. What was the thinking behind this release?

John: They both sold out real quick and we’ve not had any in stock for ages. A lot of people were asking if we’ll be getting more and when, so it was a bit of a no brainer to combine the two and add some new artwork/packaging in there to mix it up a bit!

Q: You’re about to go on tour with Battalions. How did hooking up with them come about?

John: We all met up at Bloodstock last year and sunk many beers together, battered each other on bumper cars and had a right laugh. They understood our bullshit banter all weekend so decided we should do a tour. And.. they’re fucking mint.


Q: It’s a decent length tour. Any shows you’re particularly looking forward to, and why?

John: It’s tough to pick one because a bunch of mates’ bands have jumped on each date to support us and I can’t wait to see them all. I’m really looking forward to seeing the Drug Vulture debut in Manchester, I’ve heard some of the tunes.. you’re all in for a treat! I can’t wait for Edinburgh because it’s my favourite place in the UK and Bannermans is class, plus a bunch of people are coming up to celebrate Biscuit’s (BongCauldron) 30th so its gonna get messy!

Q: What’s your favourite tour story?

John: There’s a lot we can’t mention but here’s a few in a nutshell: Corky from BongCauldron pouring a 5L bottle of mixed piss out the window all over the M1 at 70 mph. It was funnier than it sounds. Dave shitting himself before we got to the first venue. Drinking 68 beers between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The whiskey thief from Birmingham leaving in an ambulance cos he couldn’t hack it. Me turning up so pissed in Coventry I thought our soundcheck was our set and told everyone we already played. We could write a book on tour stories alone.


Q: Which is the most annoying member of Pist on tour?

John: We’re all pretty annoying, but whoever doesn’t help load in/load out and just goes straight to the bar…. no names mentioned.

Q: When you look back on the last four years, what’s been the highs and lows of being in Pist?

John: Highs are definitely releasing Rhythm & Booze and playing Bloodstock 2015. HRH Doom V Stoner was pretty up there and confirming for Desertfest, I’ve wanted PIST on that since the band started. Lows are just how much money it can cost, we know everyone goes through that though, it’s just part of being in a band. It’s also pretty stressful booking a tour and you sometimes feel like giving up but it worked out pretty well in the end.

Q: Looking forward to Desertfest? Who else are you excited about seeing on that lineup?

John: I can’t fucking wait! It’s my first Desertfest and I’ll be there all weekend! So many bands to look forward to but top 3 are probably ASG, Eyehategod and Elder.


Q: Congrats on your Blackstar endorsement. How did that come about? And why them?

John: I used one when I played Bloodstock in a previous band and it blew me away, so I bought one shortly after. Then I noticed my mate Josh from Bloodshot Dawn recently got endorsed so I got some advice from him, sent them an email and they said yes! Didn’t expect anything to be honest.

Q: You’re working on a new Pist album for APF. Give us an update on how that’s progressing.

John: We’re a couple of songs away from finishing it but it’s a huge improvement on previous releases. It’s more a mix of styles which may throw people off but we all think it works really well. We’re playing a handful on this tour so come hear it!

Q: What will it say on your gravestone?

John: 68 OFObag

Pist’s 68OFO is out now and available to buy from

Catch them on their UK tour:

30th March – Liverpool EBGBs

31st March – Edinburgh Bannermans

1st April – Leeds Temple of Boom

2nd April – Nottingham The Chameleon

3rd April – Hull Gorilla Studios

4th April – Manchester The Peer Hat

5th April – Huddersfield The Parish

6th April – London The Dev

7th April – Coventry The Phoenix



APF Records Showcase Interviews: John Nicholson of Pist

When putting stage times together only an idiot would Pist on after 4pm in the afternoon. We are those idiots. The Bury quartet will be performing at the APF Records Showcase on 3rd February at The Bread Shed in Manchester during the early part of the evening. It will be a sight and sound to behold.

In advance of the show John talked to APF and was coherent, incisive, sensible and revealing. What is going on?!


APF: What was your highlight of 2017?

John: Definitely HRH Doom V Stoner in Sheffield. That gig was everything I could have hoped for, the room was packed, constant pits, crowd-surfing and stage dives, absolute chaos. We played real well and I even got an onstage kiss from your Andrew Field. What a day! Also signing to APF and seeing us grow as a band by consistently writing better songs has been awesome.

APF: As a member of Pist what’s your proudest achievement so far?

John: Proudest achievement has to be when we played Bloodstock 2015 at 11am on the Sophie Lancaster Stage. The turn out and crowd reaction was overwhelming, especially at that time of day. Hopefully we can do that again soon. Nice one to Simon Hall for making that happen! I’m still really proud of our debut album ‘Rhythm & Booze” and EP ‘Riffology” too, and I’m pretty sure our new stuff will exceed that. 

APF: Which of your label mates are you most looking forward to seeing at the 3rd February APF Records Showcase, and why?

John: That’s a tough one. Its a solid line up, but I have to say the obvious choice.. BongCauldron. ‘Binge’ is a great album and I can’t wait to hear some of them tunes live, plus I haven’t seen them play for ages! After spending 9 days in a van together a few years back, having the time of our lives on tour, its always good when we’re all in the same room again. I’m excited to hear new stuff from Battalions and Under too, and catch up with Diesel King. RedEye Revival are always incredible. Also The Hyena Kill rule and I was too fucked to remember it last time I saw em.. not that this will be any different.


APF: What’s the best gig you’ve ever played? What made it special?

John: I’m gonna say HRH Doom V Stoner last year, just because I feel like it summed up what our live show is all about and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It was special because It was rammed and felt like all the crowd were on the same level as us, loving it just as much as we were. Best atmosphere, best crowd, best gig. The HRH crew were all great too. Bloodstock 2015 has to be a close 2nd just because it was the biggest show we’ve ever played and I never thought it would go as well as it did.

APF: What was your favourite release of 2017? What are you looking forward to hearing in 2018?

John: Power Trip – “Nightmare Logic” = hardcore/thrash crossover. Riffs for days: I’ve listened to that album at least twice a day for the past month and I’m still not sick of it. Saw ’em support Napalm Death at Rebellion not too long ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. Also the the single Video Nasties put out called “Transvoltum” is the best thing I’ve heard in a while! I don’t even know whats coming out this year but I’m looking forward to anything APF put out. And.. if Bast or Elephant Tree put out new albums this year I’m all over it!


APF: What are your plans for 2018? Personally and professionally.

John: ‘Professionally” we’re getting stuck into writing album 2 and will hopefully have it finished and recorded sooner rather than later. We’ll be debuting a new one from it at the APF Showcase, its a bit different.. especially towards the end, so I’m looking forward to seeing what people make of it. APF Records have something in store for you before then though haha. Details to follow.

Then we head out on tour for 9 days with Battalions, shortly followed by Desertfest London. Pretty exciting year for us already, looking to head into Europe too if possible.

Personally, I’m trying to sort my life out a bit. Learning to drive and paying off debts. I’ve recently joined the gym and started taking care of myself a bit more, so I can hopefully bench Diesel King one day.

I’ll still be the same annoying drunk you love to hate though, just not as often.


APF: Tell us something we don’t know about you or your band?

John: Half of us got banned from Bury for 48 hours… Alcohol. Good job Ramsbottom is only up the road. We also look great dressed as women.

APF: Anything to declare?

John: RIP Fast Eddie


The APF Records Showcase takes place at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February. Tickets available from:

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