Johnnyswim

Monqui Presents

Johnnyswim

Corey Kilgannon

Sat, June 8

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Roseland Theater

Portland, Oregon

$28.00

This event is all ages

Johnnyswim
Johnnyswim
Much like families, bands go through it all together.
As a unit, they face life’s ups, downs, highs, lows, trials, tribulaPons, tragedies, triumphs, and everything
in between. They change, learn, and grow as one. However, Los Angeles band JOHNNYSWIM doesn’t just
seem like a family; it is a family. At the core, husband-and-wife—Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano—
translate the memories, moments, and milestones on their journey into spirited, slick, and soulful
anthems steeped in singer-songwriter tradiPon, yet amplified by alternaPve experimentaPon, rock
energy, and pop ambiPon.
The music moves as the couple’s life does, scrapbooking unforgeXable experiences in melody like an
eternal keepsake of their relaPonship.
“The music is the backdrop on which our life gets painted,” affirms Abner. “We’re not just wriPng
partners; we’re partners. There’s no balance between work and romance. It’s all a gumbo. Our first
excuse to date and hang out was wriPng together. We say things beXer in song than we discuss them in
person. We’ve seen terrible things, brilliant things, and beauPful things as a couple. The albums and
performances become the canvas that loss, gain, romance, and love are subconsciously painted—
unbeknownst to us, honestly.”
“I add inPmacy, and he adds fire,” exclaims Amanda. “It’s important to have both. That’s really the
balance of what JOHNNYSWIM is.”
Like any lasPng relaPonship (whether musical or roman1c), that balance didn’t crystallize overnight
either...
As the story goes, Abner felt love-at-first sight upon seeing Amanda. Immediately, he thought, “That’s
the girl I’m going to marry.” The only problem was he declared it aloud in front of his date (who
promptly became his last ex). To add insult to injury, Amanda shrugged him off with an eye-roll as well.
Four years passed unPl their paths crossed again at a 2005 Nashville wriPng session. The relaPonship
experienced its makeups and breakups before they married in 2009—a year removed from the arrival of
their self-Ptled debut EP, JOHNNYSWIM.
Building a fanbase through constant touring, 2013’s Heart Beats EP spawned “Don’t Let It Get You
Down,” which clocked 17 million-plus SpoPfy streams. Their first full-length, Diamonds, arrived in 2014
as its single “Home” famously became the theme to HGTV hit Fixer Upper. The 2016 follow-up Georgica
Pond yielded another fan favorite “First Try” as the duo sold out dates around the world. Along the way,
they garnered acclaim from Rolling Stone, NPR, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Nylon, Du Jour, and
VH1 in addiPon to performing on The Today Show, CONAN, and more.Much like families, bands go through it all together.
As a unit, they face life’s ups, downs, highs, lows, trials, tribulaPons, tragedies, triumphs, and everything
in between. They change, learn, and grow as one. However, Los Angeles band JOHNNYSWIM doesn’t just
seem like a family; it is a family. At the core, husband-and-wife—Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano—
translate the memories, moments, and milestones on their journey into spirited, slick, and soulful
anthems steeped in singer-songwriter tradiPon, yet amplified by alternaPve experimentaPon, rock
energy, and pop ambiPon.
The music moves as the couple’s life does, scrapbooking unforgeXable experiences in melody like an
eternal keepsake of their relaPonship.
“The music is the backdrop on which our life gets painted,” affirms Abner. “We’re not just wriPng
partners; we’re partners. There’s no balance between work and romance. It’s all a gumbo. Our first
excuse to date and hang out was wriPng together. We say things beXer in song than we discuss them in
person. We’ve seen terrible things, brilliant things, and beauPful things as a couple. The albums and
performances become the canvas that loss, gain, romance, and love are subconsciously painted—
unbeknownst to us, honestly.”
“I add inPmacy, and he adds fire,” exclaims Amanda. “It’s important to have both. That’s really the
balance of what JOHNNYSWIM is.”
Like any lasPng relaPonship (whether musical or roman1c), that balance didn’t crystallize overnight
either...
As the story goes, Abner felt love-at-first sight upon seeing Amanda. Immediately, he thought, “That’s
the girl I’m going to marry.” The only problem was he declared it aloud in front of his date (who
promptly became his last ex). To add insult to injury, Amanda shrugged him off with an eye-roll as well.
Four years passed unPl their paths crossed again at a 2005 Nashville wriPng session. The relaPonship
experienced its makeups and breakups before they married in 2009—a year removed from the arrival of
their self-Ptled debut EP, JOHNNYSWIM.
Building a fanbase through constant touring, 2013’s Heart Beats EP spawned “Don’t Let It Get You
Down,” which clocked 17 million-plus SpoPfy streams. Their first full-length, Diamonds, arrived in 2014
as its single “Home” famously became the theme to HGTV hit Fixer Upper. The 2016 follow-up Georgica
Pond yielded another fan favorite “First Try” as the duo sold out dates around the world. Along the way,
they garnered acclaim from Rolling Stone, NPR, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Nylon, Du Jour, and
VH1 in addiPon to performing on The Today Show, CONAN, and more.
Corey Kilgannon
Corey Kilgannon