With the release of The More Things Change album, Johnnyrook takes a new approach to a few classic genres to create something all their own. Laced with character, an edgy and powerful undertone, and plenty of hooks, the record boasts the aesthetic of alt-rock anthems.
The first single "Fuckaround" grabs you with a heavy-handed guitar tone, a wild attitude, and a progression that sticks with you.
"FuckAround is about being in a relationship that always seems to drag you back in no matter how toxic things get." explains the band of their single.
Although the single speaks volumes for the album, to get a full understanding of where Johnnyrook is really coming from, the album should be heard in its entirety.
We’ve played together for the better part of two decades. In our infancy, we would write a million parts and put them all together. Then, the more “messed up” a song was in terms of time changes and the like; the better. We took a break for almost ten years and played in very different genre bands from one another and from what johnnyrook ever was. I think playing with other members helped us all realize how magical it is when we get together as johnnyrook and how well we work together. Writing with other members helped us mature and helped our sound. We were more focused on James (singer) finding his footing with a song than whether it was complicated to play as a musician. Every song on the record was hook focused. If James didn’t feel a song vocally, we’d move on instead of driving it home simply to release the song. It’s the first time in the bands existence that we have scrapped a good collective of songs to ensure we had the best of the best." says the band on their evolution in songwriting and recording.
James (singer) and Zac played in a post hardcore band for a short stint. They started writing songs together on the acoustic and quickly found their passion for writing more melodic songs rather than the stress of writing breakdowns for the sake of breakdowns. The love of hardcore music and POP music quickly formed a new genre to explore.
The band took a hiatus for the better part of a decade. Each member explored playing in different bands outside of johnnyrook. Friendships have always remained strong between all members of the band. Zac started writing songs that resembled everything johnnyrook has ever encompassed. After a couple of conversations, it was evident everyone was ready to start writing as a collective again. Being in very different spots in life than the last time writing as a group, the lyrics and music reflect all of the experiences and emotions the previous ten years had offered to everyone individually.
The More Things Change album is a testament to where they are at right now with their sound.
To learn more of Johnnyrook please visit: https://johnnyrook.bandcamp.com/