||Twist in My Story CD (2008)
John Vesely music CDs On his second full-length studio outing, A TWIST IN YOUR STORY, singer/guitarist John Vesely (aka Secondhand Serenade), presents an acoustic-oriented set of pop-savvy emo tunes. Helmed by Butch Walker and Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails), the album features crystal-clear production that highlights Vesely's heart-on-the-sleeve singing and delicate arrangements. Buoyed by the soaring single "Fall for You," STORY is ideal for those who appreciate the lighter side of Dashboard Confessional and other uber-sensitive acts.
Recording information: Castle Renholder, Los Angeles, CA; Malibuddha Studios.
Photographer: Bryan Sheffield.
Personnel: Secondhand Serenade (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, keyboards, bass guitar); John Vesely (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, keyboards, bass instrument); Geno Lenardo (guitar, guitars, strings); Danny Lohner (guitar, guitars, programming); Matt Compton, Ken Mirrione (drums, drum); Darren Dodd (drums); Branden Steineckert (drums, drum); Joe Grah, The Laurel Canyon Girls Choir, Juliette Beaven, Chelsea Marshall, Courtney Woodward, Jessica Woodward, Stacy Mitchell.
Audio Mixers: Scott Riebling; Danny Lohner.
||Hear Me Now CD (2010) |
John Vesely CD discography Talking to Billboard Magazine in early 2010, John Vesely promised that Secondhand Serenade's third album would be "more upbeat" than those preceding it. Released several months later, Hear Me Now does include some sprightly tempos, with the energetic "So Long" taking the cake. The album balances its optimism with lyrics about heartbreak and defeatist attitudes, though, aligning Secondhand Serenade with other broken-heart-on-sleeve acts like Dashboard Confessional. ~ Andrew Leahey
Recording information: Bomb Shelter Studio; Swing House Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Personnel: John Vesely (vocals, guitar); Dave Levitta, Aaron Johnson (guitar); Zac Rae (keyboards); Tom Breyfogle (drums).
Audio Mixer: Tim Palmer.
||Awake CD (2007)
John Vesely albums As a group name for singer/songwriter John Vesely (who plays and sings just about everything here), Secondhand Serenade is oddly appropriate, since Awake sounds on just about every level like a studious approximation of Dashboard Confessional. Awake isn't necessarily a bad album, but the lack of original inspiration on songs like "Vulnerable" and "Maybe" is pretty startling. (Obviously, even the song titles are ...