Rock duo John & Brittany have officially announced the release of their new EP Stories To Be Told, set to drop on October 7th! Their boy/girl dynamic captures the sweetness and tension of predecessors like Lindsey Buckingham/Stevie Nicks combined with the punk ferocity of The Kills. For more information, please visit: http://johnbrittany.com/.
After releasing their 2013 debut full-length album Start Sinning, Philly songwriters John Faye and Brittany Rotondo saw the album’s title track catapult into heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage, and place 3rd in LSUG’s year-end listener’s poll (Joan Jett was #1). The music video for their follow-up single “Paper Planes” aired on over 100 video outlets in the US and Canada, making it all the way to “The Freshmen” on MTV-U and to MTV.com. John & Brittany made well over 100 live appearances within the year, sharing stages with the likes of The Smithereens, Everclear, Gin Blossoms, and Matthew Sweet, in addition to headlining their own shows at venues such as World Cafe Live and the Theatre of the Living Arts.
Enter the new 2014 EP Stories To Be Told, whose title was suggested to John & Brittany by Little Steven Van Zandt (E-Street Band). Upon first listen to the as-yet-untitled EP, Van Zandt commented to his producer, Dennis Mortensen, that each song was like a short story unto itself, and playing off the title of the record’s closing track, Stories To Be Told came into being.
The song which inspired the title, “Story To Be Told,” is a touching eulogy to a young man who John & Brittany met only once, during a hospital gig for Musicians On Call, a non-profit organization that brings musicians to the bedsides of the terminally ill. Notable for its gentler, folksy sound, the song harkens back to John & Brittany’s roots as an acoustic duo, cutting their teeth on the open mic circuit in Philadelphia. The rest of the EP, their first vinyl release, is equally illuminating and much harder rocking. The opening track and first single “St. Valentine,”chosen as Little Steven’s Underground Garage “Coolest Song in the World”, is a quintessential J&B rocker, with snarly punk attitude and a chorus that will have dysfunctional lonely hearts everywhere singing “You dig it when I suffer.” “La Tierra” (which is Spanish for “The Land”) continues the duo’s occasional latin rock infatuation with a look at the modern American underbelly. With a nod to 2013’s “El Gato,” a down-on-his-luck ex-con ponders “If it feels like your 10th life and you’re out on borrowed time,” the song seems to suggest that, for the 99%, life on the outside is becoming more and more indistinguishable from life on the inside. This song also caught Little Steven’s ear and landed onto the Underground Garage playlist.
In spite of its relative brevity, clocking in at under 20 minutes, Stories To Be Told is a satisfying listen, once again bringing the creative and personal dynamic that defines John & Brittany to the foreground. Their growth as a song writing team with each release seems to remain a bit of a mystery to them. “We fight tooth and nail for what we want out of each song. None of these was a walk in the park to write, especially in the emotional sense. But every time we felt like it was hopeless or a dead end, we just tried another path and all of a sudden the song would go from nothing to this vivid world that we just wanted to keep exploring.”\
Stories To Be Told is set to release on October 7th, 2014. For updates, please visit: http://johnbrittany.com/