John Andrew (aka John Andrew Suchocki) was rescued from his early production of crystalline twee by the front man for the indie-pop band The Silent Boys who introduced JA to the sounds of Joy Division, Velvet Underground, The Smiths, Sonic Youth, The Cure, New Order, and such others. With his newly found awareness but palpable musical innocence, JA moved forward to become the lead guitarist for the Silent Boys and incognito on the recently invented political punk group Shattered Hopes all accessible through his independent recording label CProMusic.com. Parallel to these indie-pop adventures, John Andrew continued to refine his solo songwriting efforts. By 2005, cassettes gave way to CDs, four of which have since been produced. Echoes of his sentimental past have been hard to shake, but the result is a growing personal library that falls, amazingly enough, into the ear-pleasing genres of Gordon Lightfoot, Suzanne Vega, James Taylor, and such others, but with a nod of appreciation to his heros Leo Kottke and Frank Zappa. Stay tuned and thanks for listening! Jack Rabid of BTO says: 'His playing with The Silent Boys and again on his solo albums, compares well with The Smiths (Johnny Marr) primarily, as well as the fifth LP Echo & the Bunnymen (Will Sergeant), the Chills (Martin Phillipps). This is slighly lighter fare than The Silent Boys, with a softness in self-production that sounds like Everything But the Girl, and an occasional harmonica on top of a Peter Hook bassline that's New Order-esque. But this is really a resonant guitar primer, as he tugs and coaxes dreamy little leads with his deft pick throughout, as if he really does his singing through his axe. Nice like a light spring breeze.'
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