Johnny Payne


Do you remember rock and roll radio? The harmonies, the hooks, the choruses? Johnny Payne does. Or more specifically, he remembers that beautifully fucked up arc of let’s say ’70 to ’76, that time when the impossibly bright lights of an entire generation’s youthful idealism gave way to the muted amber glow of adult burn-out. You might know Johnny Payne as co-frontman of shaggy-pop auteurs The Shilohs. You might even know their three largely unheard albums of impeccably rendered pop rock. But this is something else. Where The Shilohs are a working rock band in the classic sense (remember when there were working rock bands?) Payne has ditched the band to strike out on his own as a bona fide solo singer-songwriter and the result is the almost self-titled EP Johnny.

Craving an escape from the endless parade of yoga mats and craft beer culture that defines his native Vancouver, Payne accepted the invitation of Pat Riley and Alaina Moore (of indie heavyweights Tennis​) to record in their home studio in Denver, Colorado. Working closely with Riley and Moore, trading instruments and ideas, and with Beach House drummer James Barone in tow, Payne came out the other side with the solo EP Johnny. These five songs find Payne pushing his craft into full on adult-contemporary mode, channeling the visionary spirit of Harry Nilsson, Laura Nyro, even Carole King.

Remember a time when even a weirdo like Todd Rundgren could score a soft rock top hit? Johnny Payne
does. On Johnny, the vibe is all chipped champagne glasses and smeared bathroom mirrors, all the busted stuff that collects in the wake of one’s life. Standing alone at the microphone, Payne shows himself for who he is on these songs – a grown man having to let go of the past. There are tears of regret, tears of joy. There are red roses, blue oceans, and slow golden mornings spent staring out the window as the world drifts by. So light a smoke, have another sip, and enjoy the good times while they last – here comes Johnny.





Hear great tracks from Poor Nameless Boy, Colour Film, S.K. Wellington, Grizzly Coast and Johnny Payne in episode 74 of Insomnia Radio’s Canada Show!


Johnny Payne breaks down his new EP track-by-track for Arte-Factos!


Johnny Payne is one of EarToTheGround Music’s Five singer songwriters to watch the autumn leaves fall – watch his video for “Alice On the Other Side” now!


The latest singles from Johnny Payne feat. Alaina Moore of Tennis, and Destroy Boys are featured in Comeherefloyd’s 415 // Indie Fascination!


“Alice On The Other Side” by Johnny Payne feat. Alaina Moore takes the #2 slot on Bristol Funk’s Summer Folk, Singers and Songwriters Spotify playlist!


Ride the Tempo stream “Lazy Love” by the dreamy Johnny Payne!


Johnny Payne’s “Lazy Love” makes We All Want Someone To Shout For excited to see what else is waiting on his forthcoming debut solo EP!


The latest from both Conrad The Third and Johnny Payne are two of Indie Voice blog’s ten great singles released in July 2018!


The Revue feature Falcon Jane and Johnny Payne’s new single in their latest edition of The Matinee ’18!


We Love That share “Lazy Love,” the brand new offering from Johnny Payne!


Stream “Lazy Love,” the first single off Johnny Payne’s debut ‘Johnny’ EP (out 9/28 via Light Organ Records), over at Abduction Radiation!


Hear Johnny Payne’s “Lazy Love” in Mystic Sons’ latest New Music Discovery!