Communist Daughter recently premiered the first track off their forthcoming EP, “Speed Of Sound” on Filter. The video for the track takes you on a journey through the Midwest, where the band was born. Check out the video for “Speed Of Sound” which premiered on Blackbook. They are excited to premiere the next track off the EP, entitled “Ghosts” on Noisey/Vice. Johnny talks about the track here…
“I wrote Ghosts while I was holed up over the winter in treatment in rural Minnesota. It snowed constantly. It was the definition of solitude. Just me and my thoughts. The song’s about saying goodbye to the life I thought I had to live. Its about not letting the past own you. But its not about winning that struggle, its about beginning that struggle. Its all the dark nights in snow storms when your headlights are hitting snow flakes and making you dizzy. Oh, and its also just a song by a band in Minnesota.”
In the mid 2000’s a young Johnny Solomon was a fixture in the tight knit Twin Cities music scene, forming the angular indie pop band Friends Like These and touring extensively, he received critical praise from far flung sources such as Time Out New York, the College Music Journal and numerous local articles and accolades, including a City Pages cover story that looked like the beginning of a promising career. The rising success of his band masked his rising struggle with addiction and mental health problems, and quickly eclipsed his career, landing him in jail. By the end of 2007 he had retreated to a small town across the border in Wisconsin where he assumed his music days were mostly over.
But when he moved out of the city his demons followed him. Plagued by his continuing troubles, he spent his nights writing and recording what he thought would be his own eulogy, songs about lost love and lost chances. It wasn’t until he met a young singer named Molly that his collection of songs became the beginning of something new. Promising to sing with him if he got clean Johnny began the long road back to music and recovery.
Calling their new band Communist Daughter, they released their debut album “Soundtrack to the End” in 2010 making a splash in the Twin Cities and nationally, premiering on Fader, with two #1 singles on Minneapolis’ national taste-making station the 89.3 The Current, two songs featured on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, and being named one of Pro Tool’s top 5 emerging artists, and NPR’s favorite in-studio sessions of 2010 it was a promising start. Johnny then put all of it aside and checked himself in to rehab.
Now clean and sober, engaged to that young singer Molly Moore, and supported by a group of musicians who struggled right alongside him, Adam Switlick, Al Weiers, Jonathan Blaseg, and Dan Demuth & Dillon Marchus; Communist Daughter is set to release a new EP and bring their heart-on-their-sleeve sound to a national stage.
“Lions & Lambs” is hitting stores July 10th, 2012. A collection of deeply personal songs about addiction, regret and redemption, this release hopes to introduce the world to a clear eyed Johnny Solomon. Layers of instruments swirl around layers of lyrics that go deeply personal pulling listeners to their own memories of heart ache and heart break. Reminiscent of The Shins and Wilco or the Beach Boys and Blitzen Trapper, Communist Daughter and the “Lions & Lambs” EP will put Johnny Solomon’s hard charging band on the forefront of critics 2012 lists.
“Fragile, daydreaming harmonies. Swirling synths that spin and spin until they fall down dizzy. Steady-galloping drums that coolly pass you by. These Midwestern boys have wrapped them all up into rip-your-heart out ballads about getting older but not necessarily happier – songs that capture the old joy of classic records and do-nothing days, and the ache of knowing they’re mostly gone. Yes, there’s a good kind of sadness, and this is what it sounds like.” – Rolling Stone