Revolution for Free

Artist: Jonny Lives!

Distributed by: Rock ‘N Renew Records and Long Live Crime Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            The band called Jonny Lives! hails from New York City, but you wouldn’t know it based on their sound.  Obsessed with the British bands of the 60s and 70s, like The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks and The Rolling Stones, the band definitely has a British pop/punk feel.  Their first album, Get Steady, was released in 2006 and featured a sound that was a combination of British grit and Lower East Side rock and roll.  Their second album, Revolution for Free, was released in September 2011.

            Revolution for Free was a multi-location endeavor, with music recorded in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle and Australia and combined to create a thirteen-track full-length album.  The band’s sound hasn’t changed - they’re still sporting a punk flare mixed with heavy rocking beats and guitars. 

             The album starts off with a song reminiscent of teenage angst, Parking Lot, in which the singer recounts his relationship with his girlfriend.  Still Dreaming is a rock love ballad featuring some beautiful lyrics: “When I wake up next to you / It’s like I’m still dreaming.”  Who wouldn’t want to hear those words from their lover?  But it’s the blending of voices found on anthem tracks like We Will Not Die Quietly and the introspective Your Money or Your Life that make the album.  The harmony is just spot on and quite stunning, especially the a cappella ending of We Will No Die Quietly.

            There’s quite a bit going on in Revolution for Free.  It’s not all about life experiences.  The album also seeks to spread a message, discussing important topics like peace and responsibility toward the environment.  All of this wrapped up in a fun package of slamming drum beats, guitar riffs and catchy lyrics.

            Revolution for Free is quite the rock and roll experience and an enjoyable second turn out from the band known as Jonny Lives!


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