The story goes something like this: The first album from local indie rockers Communist Daughter, 2010’s Soundtrack to the End, originally represented a kind of last hurrah for songwriter Johnny Solomon following the end of his band Friends Like These and struggles with bipolar disorder and substance abuse. Ultimately, the album was received better than expected, with two Com Dot songs eventually featuring in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy — which actually aired while Solomon was rehabbing at Hazelden. The band released two EPs ahead of their latest full-length, last month’s The Cracks That Built the Wall. Produced by Kevin Bowe (the Replacements, Meat Puppets), it’s a step up from the great Soundtrack to the End. On it, the band continues to excel on the strength of the harmonies from Solomon and wife Molly Moore, while also embracing a more rollicking energy on songs like “Beach Stalker” and “The Dealer.” Meanwhile, the closer, “Sunday Morning Again,” is one last reminder of Johnny’s soft touch as a singer and songwriter. Local groups Alpha Consumer, Catbath, and Picked to Click finalists Fraea (see page 11) open Friday’s record-release party.