In the less than three years since dropping their debut EP in the summer of 2011, John & Brittany (John Faye and Brittany Rotondo), Philadelphia's most unique songwriting duo, have risen from the city's thriving open mic circuit to become a serious rock act to contend with, already having shared stages with the likes of The Smithereens, Everclear, Gin Blossoms, and Matthew Sweet, in addition to headlining their own shows at hometown venues like World Cafe Live and TLA. Inspired by their mutual love of punk and new wave, as well as songsmiths like Alejandro Escovedo, Ida Maria, and Jack White, John & Brittany create music with a chemistry that is unforced and undeniable.
J&B's 2013 full-length album "Start Sinning," is a 32-minute musical blitzkrieg that, at its core, is about the discovery, or perhaps re-discovery, of the power of rock n roll. The title track impressed Little Steven Van Zandt enough for him to select it as a "Coolest Song In The World" on his Sirius/XM channel Little Steven's Underground Garage. The song placed at #3 in LSUG's year-end listeners poll (behind only Joan Jett and Deadbeat Poets), and #12 on Little Steven's personal year-end top 20.
2013 also saw J&B's music video for the single "Paper Planes" air on over 100 video outlets in the US and Canada, and ultimately airing on MTV-U's The Freshmen and on MTV.com. Unsatisfied with having only one record out in 2013, the band also released their first live acoustic offering in November. "Crookedletta, Crookedletta," was tracked before a live in-studio audience at Springhouse Sound in King of Prussia, PA, with bassist Michael O'Brien and drummer / studio owner Carl Bahner. In December, the band was named Musical Artist of the Year by the Philadelphia chapter of RAW Natural Born Artists. J&B capped off the year with a headline set at the annual WMMR Mistletoe Jam in front of over 500 rock n roll fans.
Along with the inevitable shows in larger venues, 2014 will see John & Brittany focussing on brand new music, continuing to take it directly to the people. Still performing on a regular basis as a duo, J&B have recently begun volunteering for the non-profit Musicians On Call, playing for patients in local hospitals. They also continue to host the weekly Wednesday night open mic at Legendary Dobbs (the storied 200 capacity club that introduced Philly to Nirvana, Tool, Oasis, and Green Day on their first tours). Wherever J&B go,
IT'S HAPPENIN', BABY!