In the less than two years since dropping their debut EP in the summer of 2011, John & Brittany (John Faye and Brittany Rotondo), Philadelphia's most unique songwriting duo, have risen from the city's thriving open mic circuit to become a serious rock act to contend with, already having shared stages with the likes of The Smithereens, Everclear, Gin Blossoms, and Matthew Sweet, in addition to headlining their own shows at venues like World Cafe Live and TLA.
Start Sinning, J&B's 32-minute musical blitzkrieg released at the top of 2013, is a record that, at its core, is about the discovery, or perhaps re-discovery, of the power of rock n roll. Inspired by their mutual love of punk and new wave, as well as songsmiths like Alejandro Escovedo and Jack White, John & Brittany create tunes and chemistry that are unforced and undeniable. Fan-funded with a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $11,000, the album is that rare combination of raw, powerful performance and razor-sharp song craft. When Start Sinning isn't bringing you directly into John & Brittany's post-Catholic confessional booth, with songs like "Dirty Little Magazine" and "Woe," it spins vivid yarns with quirky characters like the strangely philosophical bank robber in "El Gato," the arms-length "Gas Mask Queen," who is at once a rock goddess and a rock casualty, and the slick southern grifter in "Mississippi Fred," a foot-stomping blues rocker. "Zzzoloft" and "Paper Planes" draw on the duo's joint obsession with 70's New York, with a touch of Ramones and Lou Reed. The title track was featured on Little Steven's Underground Garage as "Coolest Song in the World" in April of 2013, receiving airplay on Sirius/XM, as well as over 300 stations world-wide on LSUG's syndicated weekly show.
In addition to the inevitable bigger full-band shows in bigger venues, John & Brittany continue to take their music directly to the people on an almost nightly basis as a duo, nurturing the grass roots that nurtured them, playing house concerts, alternative venues, and hosting the weekly Wednesday night open mic at Legendary Dobbs (the storied 200 capacity club that introduced Philly to Nirvana, Tool, Oasis, and Green Day on their first tours). It's only fitting. John & Brittany's time has come. Isn't it time YOU Start Sinning?
Local Shots Artists of the Month Showcase:
Wednesday, May 15th at the Legendary Dobbs on South St. - Doors are at 7:30pm. *Must be 21+ to enter.