Jonny Reid’s “Another Life” debuts at No.3 on the iTunes Albums chart and No.1 on the Country Albums chart of Australia.
Album Making History
Jonny Reid has gotten a taste of musical success after opening for legends such as Ritchie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Grammy Award winner Nanci Griffith.
The addiction continues. The West Aussie, originally from Portaferry in the North-East coast of Ireland has given his audiences a sneak preview of what was to come through the release of his debut single and title track “Another Life” in July, reaching No.3 on the ITunes Country chart and No.19 on the Top 40 iTunes Singles charts.
With the release of his debut album “Another Life” soaring to no.3 on the iTunes Albums charts and no.1 on the Country charts, audiences dwell deep into the soul of this singer songwriter Irishman, weaving through his songwriting artistry and musicality, culminating in his vocal sincerity that’s utterly palpable.
“There are songs about travel and experiences from Ireland to Australia,” Reid says. “Songs about falling in love, wicked ex’s and world war romance based on a true story. There’s even a song about killing a barman!”
Getting to the album required Reid to sift through some 200 hydra voice memos, clips and demos, and a further 80 songs in various stages of completion. “We’re talking about six or seven years of ideas and songs,” he notes.
The album was recorded with Peter Renzullo at Scudley Records in Bassendean in the outskirts of Perth, with help across the oceans from Stephen Smyth, an Irish multi-instrumentalist and producer.
Social Media and Album Live Launch Show
The Album Live launch is on Saturday 25th of September at Lynott’s Lounge 100 Melbourne St. Northbridge with a full six piece band of Perth’s finest musicians.
Complimentary Tickets are available via Oztix to those who pre order or buy the album online or $15 pay at the door on the night. The show is virtually sold out with just a handful of tickets remaining. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
New Single “Katie”
“Katie” is the Album opener…a classic feel good summer driving tune and the experiences that come with teenage love and sharing those great summer days. “We can all relate to Katie,” Reid says. “Many of us know that feeling in our teenage years or even earlier of having that relationship in what felt like an endless summer and those memories that come being completely care-free. I’m sure people will hear this song and have their own ‘Katie’ story.
Next up is title track, Another Life which reflects on themes of longing. “For a person, or a longing for a place,” Reid says. “It falls into that thing where I’m in Perth and it is a completely different way of life, being 10,000 miles away from family and the home that I’m from and was all I ever knew. There’s a description of a woman and another life, but there’s also another life that I’ve gotten in Australia. You can take it either way.”
This Change Ain’t Good
Elsewhere, This Change Ain’t Good dwells on a four-month period where Reid and his now fiancé were apart. Written at his parents’ home back in Portaferry, that ol’ feeling of longing again comes to the fore. “A song about being away from someone and missing that someone. The song mentions some of our experiences – Rottnest Island where we had our first date; the pub she works in and where I play in a lot, a little Irish pub in Northbridge. A lot of memories… we were apart for four months, so I wrote that song at that time, about missing the memories we had together and that person.”
The track “Betty Earle” tells the true account of a classic World War One relationship of a soldier named Joseph Dailey who met a lady Elizabeth Vogt who was in Fort Thomas to entertain the troops under her stage name Betty Earle. “I came across this story from their Grand daughter online and it stuck with me,” Reid explains “I tried to imagine what it would be like leaving for war and being away in those harsh conditions at night and with the noise of fighting constantly around you.” Reid describes how he tried to think about what a soldier would think of and how Joseph Dailey would have thought of Betty Earle.“The chorus opens with the line ‘I know sometimes at night when it gets to loud, he’d just close his eyes..Betty Earle comes alive’ and I think these moments of escape are what would have gave many thousands of men and women at war a rare moment of comfort.”
The song, Freedom, may differ from what you believe it might be about. The tale of a mate whose ex-girlfriend, following an argument, stole all of his ‘left’ shoes, leaving only the ‘right’ ones behind. She then caught a cab and flung all the left shoes out onto the road through the open passenger window. “His Mum saw all these shoes on the road as she was walking home from the shops and wondered what the hell was going on!” Reid laughs “She was a lovely woman, but sadly she had a terminal illness and within six months she passed away a couple of years ago. I wrote that song only in the last six months, after knowing the story of my friend going through that relationship which we had laughed about, then seeing his heartache over losing his mum, then seeing how well he’s doing in life now and the fact I know his mum would be very proud of him.”
Turn It Up
“Turn it Up” demands exactly as the title says..with Reid now really firing vocally this high energy track leans towards 80s California without ever going too far. “This song is loosely based on keeping the attraction and spark alive in a relationship and the feelings of the beginning of meeting someone and the fascination that develops.”
A Bullet In Your Head And I Feel Fine
The aforementioned “song about killing a barman,” is appropriately titled A Bullet In Your Head – “I had a little vision one night,” he explains “I was in a bar where I had a Sopranos moment that was a bit mafia, but thankfully it was only in my head and not something that would give me a criminal record.”
The album closing track sends home-age to Reid’s Hometown on the North East Coast of Ireland, an idyllic seaside town. “I wrote this song in the last year as due to travel restrictions I haven’t been home in almost two years. I found myself missing family and friends and from that I thought back on the beauty of where I grew up and how life is there.”
Jonny Reid began writing and playing music at the age of 15 with friends as many do in a “garage” band and quickly began playing in local pubs in his home town of Portaferry in Ireland at the age of 17. Having opened for music legends such as Ritchie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Nanci Griffith Reid has already gotten a taste of touring life.
Having left school Reid worked as a a luthier at the prestigious George Lowden Guitars in Ireland where he was trained in hand-making acoustic guitars. He explains how in those years he was very much “Making them during the day and playing them at night”. Reid left this role to pursue music full time and has been a professional music for the last 9 years.
Making the journey to Perth, West Australia in December 2014 Reid quickly began working among the local music scene though his passion for writing hadn’t ceased, “I never stopped writing songs.. making this record I sieved through upwards of 200 demos or voice memos containing full or half songs as well as guitar riffs. It’s a constant process of finding melodies.”
Scheduled to kick on from his amazing Debut Album Chart Success Reid already has some of the Australian Music Festival scene in his calendar and is sure to have a busy year ahead!