Release date: Feb 5, 2011
The first full-length studio album from Manchester CT’s Johnny Mainstream, “Shipwrecked!” is an instantly enjoyable collection of tunes with a little something for everyone. Driven by bright acoustic guitar and supported by a solid rhythm section, the unpolished but robust vocals of Matthew Maynes immediately bring to mind some of the great names in American folk music. Laura Conover’s haunting voice adds a touch of indie flair to the mix, and some great lead guitar licks shine through at key points.
Having established themselves in the bar scene in the Manchester area, Johnny Mainstream’s infectious melodies inspire dancing and singing along. The bluesy chorus of “Shipwreck” comes complete with gang vocals to get the crowd shufflin’ onto the dance floor. In “Radio,” the band kicks it up a notch and proves they “know how to make some noise” and party, but Johnny Mainstream isn’t just a drunken musical brawl. Soft ballads like “Foxholes” and heart-wrenching blues songs like “The List of People I Never Want to See Again” betray the band’s diverse abilities.
Overall, this is a great sounding album that you won’t regret listening to. Be sure to check out Johnny Mainstream and support local music!
I’ve been actively involved in the local music scene of CT and the New England area for over 10 years, and been a part of dozens of bands with varying successes. I’ve played ska, indie, punk, garage rock, metal, hip hop, folk…you name it.
As an artist, I always wanted feedback on my music. Whether positive or negative, hearing what other people thought about my work helped me to grow as a musician and performer.
So, the purpose for this page: I want to review albums, EPs, and singles from local bands. I want to provide that feedback for fans and artists, and hopefully spread the word about great local acts. The local scene is my extended family and I want to share that love.
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