The Denver-based music and culture blog Queen City Sounds and Art has weighed in with their review of “Your Opinion”. Referring to the song's combination of wry humor with songcraft, the review compares “Your Opinion” to Camper Van Beethoven, a…Read more
I AM NOT YOUR AVERAGE ROCK SINGER.
I'm a middle-aged economics professor living in the Baltimore suburbs, with all the fashion sense and charisma you would expect from an economics professor. I'm an average singer at best. I can't even play guitar or piano. So what am I doing here?
The answer is in the songs. I write in the classic style—get ready for catchy riffs, hooks, harmonies and acid-tongued wordplay. You’ll hear all that and more in my singles, “How the Hell?”, "Your Opinion" and "Replaced by Robots", and in my debut album “Midlife Crisis Vanity Project.”
My influences include the Beatles, Who, Stones, Velvets, Steely Dan, Costello, Buzzcocks, XTC, REM, Nirvana, and Pavement. These are the bands that formed my musical sensibility, so naturally my sound tends towards retro. Nevertheless, I am inspired by the recent resurgence of great rock songwriting by Car Seat Headrest, Alvvays, Brittany Howard, Mitski, Big Thief, Snail Mail, Soccer Mommy and many others.
I'm a card-carrying band nerd (sax and clarinet), and I’ve been writing and playing jazz and choral music most of my life. I started recording rock songs a couple of years ago, once I realized that I can generate any guitar or keyboard sound I want using a laptop, Audacity, music notation and Guitar Pro 7.5 (the best $70 I’ve ever spent). I bought an AKG mike to record myself on vocals, sax and drums. So my music isn't exactly garage rock or bedroom pop, more like kitchen table rock.
All songs written, produced, programmed and performed by John Shea, except "Replaced by Robots", lyrics by John Shea and Mike Ramsay.
Mastering and mixing by Andrew Young @ Elevatedsound.com. Artwork by Krystal Penney @ Strange Paradise Design. Photography by my best friend and wife, April Lee.