Johnny Pants
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Johnny Pants

Hartford, CT | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Hartford, CT
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Alternative Garage Rock




"Johnny Pants Share Postcards"

Eclectic Connecticut alternative trio Johnny Pants have shared ‘Postcards’ from their new EP Misguided Feels. Marrying lo-fi jangling alternative rock with a subdued ambition, the track kicks off the EP in impressive style drawing on elements from their first two albums, Lonesome Dangers and Johnny Pants, while adding synths and a shoegaze flourish. The track marks a more direct, focused and robust approach from the group that is more than pleasant development in their already accomplished sound.

Have a listen above and you can grab the EP on Bandcamp. We recommend. - Overblown

""Oh Yeardley" Review by Mike Mineo"

"Oh Yeardly" is a concisely fun effort that blends the angular '90s alt-rock of groups like Pavement with a distinctively fun power-pop structure -- with a hook-y verse/chorus progression that's broken up in the middle by a raucously fun distorted guitar interlude. While the hypnotic repetition of the verses may prepare some for a big-time chorus that never comes, there's little doubting the jangly alt-rock appeal of the track throughout. Hartford-based Johnny Pants are certainly a group to look out for, as recent acts able to craft similarly exciting rockers in a two-minute span are few and far between. "Oh Yeardley" provides a wonderful balance of alt-rock nostalgia with a cutting-edge power-pop ideology. - Obscure Sound

"Johnny Pants & Cortez: “Lonesome Dangers” blends whimsical synth styles with acoustic lo-fi approaches"

This album “Lonesome Dangers” began as a series of basement demos during the autumn of 2014, says Johnny Pants. “Inspired by Beck’s One Foot in the Grave, I originally planned to record a lo-fi anti-folk EP. I wanted a surreal and odd sound, so I contacted Cortez in the hope that he would provide synth to starkly contrast my guitar. The project took off immediately. We traded demos and found the lens through which we would write. There are two vague arcs in Lonesome Dangers. One involves a scientist struggling with escapism after the departure of his lover. The other involves an alien who seeks human romance.”

Lonesom-Dangers-350bJohnny Pants & Cortez went about recording each other’s parts in separate home studios and mixed everything throughout 2015. The result is the 12 track, lo-fi indie album “Lonesome Dangers”, which plays off the strong contrast between acoustic and synthetic. At times poetic, at times prophetic, and at times just lush and beautiful, this album will grow on you more and more with every listen. With its gorgeously eclectic lyrics and electro-folksy songs, Johnny Pants has proven that he is an upcoming singer-songwriter that means business. In an industry flooded with such monotonous imagery, Johnny gives us the worldly observations of an otherworldly man submerged in varying imperfect emotional dilemmas.

The synth numbers exhibit a more ecstatic type of expression, tending to be on the mid to up-tempo side with addictive melodious and strong percussive textures. But the moods on this album varies sharply, and you will find yourself alternating between sparse, soft and twangy acoustic-guitar soundscapes and exultant choral arrangements, as Johnny Pants & Cortez blend whimsical, breathtaking styles with more personal approaches. I would say the album has a multifaceted emotional essence, which expresses itself via a rich variety of contrasting styles whilst remaining perfectly cohesive. The effect is uplifting, inspiring and psychologically salubrious.

Lonesome-Dangers-Cover“Lonesome Dangers”, is simple and deep at the same time. In the overall eclectic beauty of this album, there are also brief moments of noise, dissonance and distortion, but the overall mood Johnny Pants & Cortez sets with the various instruments is original and intriguing. Johnny’s acoustic strum which dominates the preponderance of “Lonesome Dangers” songs, leaving room to highlight his premium songwriting skills are what attracts me most. Therefore I obviously fell head over heels for songs like “Chapter”, “She Don’t Trust Scientists”, “Ette”, “Carousel Lights”, “Starlight” and “Feeling Lost”, more than anything else.

At the most elemental level, Johnny’s songwriting is captivating and simple. His has ability to capture and transmit so beautifully a feeling of intimacy in his songs while his lyrics are weaved brilliantly around the songs’ music. You can’t help but fall in love with this collection of music. All the adjectives have probably already been used to describe “Lonesome Dangers”…beautiful, haunting, quirky, and passionate, so I won’t need to use them all in adding my praise and appreciation for this work, but the simple charm of Johnny Pants & Cortez will amaze you, inspire you, and have you hooked to its narrative. - Jamsphere


Misguided Feels - 2016
Lonesome Dangers - 2016 
Johnny Pants - 2014

All lyrics are published on Bandcamp site.



Favoring energetic power pop with country undertones, the manic and odd Johnny Pants is a three-piece from Hartford, Connecticut. Their catalog consists of thematic and eclectic lo-fi releases with songs ranging from jangling ditties to synth-driven yarns.

Collectively, the members have played many renowned venues in the northeast including the Hartford Convention Center, Mohegan Sun, International Pop Overthrow Boston, The Outer Space, the Webster Theatre, Goodbye Blue Mondays, stART on the Street Music and Arts Festival, and Arch St. Tavern and Cafe 9. 

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