After years fronting the moderately successful local power-pop band Friends Like These, Johnny Solomon dropped off the map entirely in 2007, his life swallowed up by personal problems that are hinted at but never fully revealed. Unsure about getting back into the music scene, Solomon poured his energy into opening a bar and restaurant, a daunting undertaking that is more than a full-time jobbut the songwriting never stopped. He started playing with drummer Steve Yasgar and met singer Molly Moore, whose angelic harmonies soften Solomon's pop melodies and give Communist Daughter's songs a delicately haunting, otherworldly feel. After recording a few promising demos, Solomon pulled together the rest of his group, including former Friends Like These bandmate Adam Switlick, and decided to slowly ease back into the rock 'n' roll circus.The result is a gorgeously sad and luscious album, Soundtrack to the End, released earlier this year. Steeped in '60s-era Beach Boy harmonies and expansive, sunny choruses, Solomon's upbeat pop arrangements are contrasted with lyrics about loss, cynicism, and struggle. (Photo by Ben Clark)
Thu., July 8, 6 p.m., 2010
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