Check out johnny was here’s high-energy, indie-rock offering ‘silverlake’

Johnny Gates, the multifaceted singer-songwriter and former member of Runaway Saints, has unveiled his latest project, johnny was here, with his debut six-track EP, titled Nervous Wreck, and lead single ‘silverlake’. Recorded at home in his producer’s bedroom studio, the EP channels the raw, DIY energy of its creation into a refreshing, alt-rock and indie-pop infused sound.

‘silverlake’ is a high-energy and infectious indie-rock anthem that showcases Gates‘ impressive songwriting and vocal abilities. The track’s catchy guitar chords, brilliant lyricism, and melodies draw the listener in, while the artist’s powerful and angsty vocals reminiscent of early Foo Fighters inject a raw, authentic quality into the song.

The track is a reflection on Johnny was here‘s past experiences in the music industry, particularly his time with his former band and their toxic breakup. However, despite this, the song romanticizes that time, particularly their early days playing shows in the Los Angeles community of Silverlake.

As the musician reflects: “Silverlake is the first single off my newest project, johnny was here. I was in a band for 13 years. We signed to a major label, and toured all over the US, but we broke up in LA, and this song is me romanticising that, and going back to that time when we first moved to LA, and ran around silverlake, just playing shows, and even though we were toxic by that point, I’d do it all again. After focusing on a more singer songwriter, solo project, and writing songs for other artists, it’s my first time back in the alternative rock world, since playing in my band.”

Overall, ‘silverlake’ is a stellar introduction to this latest project and highlights his impressive musical abilities and range as an artist.

You can listen to ‘silverlake’ in our Indie Rockers playlist.

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