The Other Side Of Things: An Interview with Communist Daughter’s Johnny Solomon

Johnny Solomon

When talking to Communist Daughter’s Johnny Solomon, a phrase that’s often repeated by the Twin Cities-based singer/songwriter throughout our conversation is the idea of finally being “on the other side of things.” Despite the buzz surrounding the group’s 2011 albums Something Wicked This Way Comes and Soundtrack To The End, the previous side of things for Solomon was a serious struggle with addiction that at its worst resulted in the alienation of his closest friends and bandmates and temporary incarceration. After a brief stretch last year at Hazelden treatment center in Minnesota, Solomon has regained footing both in life and music; grateful for his sobriety, his engagement with bandmate Molly Moore, and the release of the band’s newest EP Lions and Lambs.

Similar to the relief that accompanies the end of a long hangover, the album’s half dozen tracks paint a picture of recovery with an unguarded earnestness. Before performing at the High Noon Saloon on November 7 with Caroline Smith & The Goodnight Sleeps and Quiet Corral (tickets here), Solomon opened up to True Endeavors about touring and recording post-recovery, and how a feeling of discomfort may be the key to his music.

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