Anvil: the Story of Anvil!

I had the distinct pleasure of watching the documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil last night. Its a really well made film with a heartwarming story of friendship and family at its core, and its no wonder it has been universally loved and acclaimed.

I must say being a musician of 34 years of age still duking it out on the Montreal club scene after all these years, I totally related to these guys; Especially at a time when I'm planning to start my own family here in Montreal, with no plans to stop playing live, or stop believing in my dreams. It was really inspiring to see how these guys have navigated their friendships, family and the rigorous demands of the music business, all the while churning out 13 plus records in the process.

And for anybody who thinks that these guys are past it, or that the film only serves to let us gawk at the misadventure of a once-great, failed band, your missing the point of the film, and you might also be missing a much larger point: These guys are living the life they want to live, and they are not afraid to be 100% themselves in the process. To me that's one of the greatest challenges in life, and perhaps life's greatest achievement if done successfully. I know that personally, I struggle everyday to be myself and feel comfortable in my own skin, as I navigate the many roles and responsibilities that I am faced with as musician, employee, husband and friend. Personally, Id rather be in their shoes than in the shoes of a band that gets everything handed to them but lacks the backbone, conviction or integrity to see the thing through. I'm in Anvil's corner because they do what they do for all the right reasons, and I hope to follow their example.


Recent Press for Andrew Johnston

Free MP3 of the day at MP3.com

"His most recent, Wake of the Wonder Years, showcases his versatility and maturity as a songwriter, channeling such influences as The Constantines, Matthew Sweet, and Hall and Oates.."
From MP3.com, March 16, 2012


MP3 premiere on Baeble

"Don't Need To Know" is a song by an artist you might not know and that seems pretty disappointing considering Andrew Johnson's credentials."
From Baeble, March 13, 2012


Track review on Zaptown

"For those who enjoyed late ‘90s indie pop that leaned more toward alternative pop..."
From Zaptown, March 20, 2012


Andrew Johnston + Alex Crow - Show Review

“Johnston’s got himself a voice that resembles the likes of Brandon Flowers from The Killers, which suits his driven folk-rock songs very well.”
From Indecent Exposure, February 22, 2012


Montreal's Got Talent

“Andrew Johnston...proposes a fresh blend of indie rock and folk pop as heard on his new album, The Wake of the Wonder years.”
From The Montreal Mirror, January 17, 2012


CBC Radio 3 Blog

“Folk with pop accents (or pop with folk roots) has always been a strong suit for Canadian music, and Andrew Johnston is no exception to that rule.”
From CBC Radio 3


The PA Daily News

“This is a captivating, if slightly overstuffed, collection of 12 tunes that showcase Johnston’s gifts.”
From The PA Daily News, December 22, 2011


InForty.com

“Johnston’s latest endeavor The Wake of the Wonder Years is the sort of unassuming indie pop disc that oozes with charming harmonies and immediately irresistable songwriting.”
From InForty