January 15, 2019
By Sue Dickens, Trent Hills Now
Warkworth – The John Cleats (JC) band recently released their second album titled “In My Room” and it was, as with their first album, produced locally.
The band is comprised local musicians and singers: singer-songwriter Dimitri Papatheodorou leads the band. Ken Layton, the most recent addition, is a well known drummer and entertainer in the community.
The JC’s second album riffs on subjects such as the plight of refugees, queer and marginalized folk, and the turn to global oppressive politics. Their first album was released with at a CD party in 2017. It was held at the Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre here. It was also a fundraiser for the Centre. “The music in this first album is about identity, gender and LGBTQ issues,” said singer-songwriter Dimitri Papatheodorou.
For Pride 2017 the band performed at legendary HUGH’S ROOM LIVE in Toronto. They also performed at the second annual Norwood LGBTA Pride event.
With the release of IN MY ROOM, the Cleats’ music continues to explore riff-based pop songs with an alternative flair, rendered in the gritty Lou Reed-reminiscent voice of their singer.
The John Cleats band name is a play on the Monty Python actor John Cleese, and the cover from their self-titled album depicts a pair of rugby cleats covered in jewels, representing gender and orientation fluidity and ambiguity. The band name was created by artist James Fowler, who also designed and made the cleats on the cover of the record.
Heavily influenced by ‘glam rock’ with a modern twist and ‘70s rock bands, their music is about entertainment and having fun, while getting the awareness out about identity, gender and LGBTQ issues, so people don’t feel isolated. Show your support.. wear your cleats!
IN MY ROOM is available on iTunes, and other streaming platforms.