In front of a sold out crowd at the Capitol Theater (Olympia, WA), Johnny Stranger bid farewell to their friends and fans from Washington and relocated the band across the country to Boston. For years, Johnny Stranger had been touring the Pacific Northwest and building a loyal following with their unique blend of heavy, rhythmic rock and jazz-inspired songwriting. The band (whose lineup was eternally shifting) had been fierce road warriors out in support of their first two records, Johnny Stranger (2006) and Lucid (2007). But it was time to seek new horizons.
Boston challenged the band like nothing ever had. Johnny Stranger found themselves in a wholly new environment, where they essentially had to start over. Still, the band pulled together and recorded their 3rd and 4th records, Galacticus 9 (2009) and Iliad & Odyssey (2010). Boston’s The Noise described the band’s new albums as “…At times dramatic and theatrical, at others, catchy, alt rock, laced with great grooves and some cool sci-fi vibes.” The band hit the road and toured the Northeast, meeting and building a new community around their music. Following a grueling summer tour, Anthony decided to relocate to Los Angeles, leaving the future of the band in limbo.
Years passed. For singer/songwriter Peter Anthony this was a tumultuous time. He took down everything Johnny Stranger from the internet and tried his hand as a Los Angeles songwriter, a producer/mixer, and a jingle-writer. Over the coming years, Anthony struggled with depression, as he struggled to find meaning in his life and art. But behind all the city noise and music industry haze, he kept writing songs for Johnny Stranger, quietly crafting albums that continued his prog-rock saga.
Then, something unexpected happened. Anthony began receiving letters from old fans - from all over the country - asking him where they could hear the old Johnny records and how much the music meant to them. As the letters piled up, Anthony began laying the groundwork for a return… and that drive and love for creativity helped pull him out his long depression.
Now, 10 years later, Johnny Stranger is finally returning in support of their 5th album, “Valkyrie”. The album is about the human drive for power, religious iconography, and the struggle to overcome oppression. The album was a written, produced, mixed, mastered, and mostly performed entirely by Anthony. “Valkyrie” is the next installment of a planned 12 albums.