Following on from the success of his breakthrough debut EP ‘Eastcote’ at the end of 2019, British singer and songwriter Sam Johnson now returns to unveil the first taste of his second EP, brand new single ‘The Kids Are Alright’.
This new release sees the frontman in a far more nostalgic guise. Reflective and progressive in every way, his latest offering looks to combine the emotional weight of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell with the eagerness to communicate of Ben Howard, creating a true coming of age tale beyond his tender years.
Speaking about his new single, Sam said,
"I wrote this song whilst looking over my friend Nick Atkinson’s DVD collection for some inspiration during a couple of days in his studio ‘The Barn’ just north of London. I’d gone up there to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and spend a few creative days writing in the countryside. I spotted one of my favourite films ‘Old Boy’ on his shelf, and there in that moment conceived the first line of the song, ‘Old boys, new tricks, and suburban Friday fun’. From there I started looking back on my teenage years growing up in a small market town on the border of England and Wales and all the mischief my friends and I would get up to. When I then discovered Nick’s copy of the 2010 movie ‘The Kids Are Alright’ it all made sense. It wrapped up the sentiment of the song perfectly for the defining line of the chorus. My friends and I were at times flawed and brilliant, at times stupid and inspired, but all the while we had our hearts in the right places. We were alright. I wanted to write the soundtrack to my youth, and this is it."
This latest EP is set to see him grow more as an artist and a human being throughout.
Constructed alongside esteemed studio team The Barn, this initial offering is a song that waves farewell to adolescence, carrying a gilded and Autumnal quality to it.
“I create characters influenced by what I see around me. A lot of the lyrics are touchstones of my childhood, and where I grew up... and the people that I grew up around.”
Sam Johnson is a songwriter is building his legacy, piece by piece, song by song. Each song that bears his name means something – hewn from emotional conduits in his own life, this is an artist who seeks to communicate badly needed truth, and it’s something that leaves an incredible impact.