Sat • Apr 09, 2022 • 8:00 PM
XL Live, Harrisburg, PA
MUCH LIKE FAMILIES,
BANDS GO THROUGH IT ALL TOGETHER.
As a unit, they face life’s ups, downs, highs, lows, trials, tribulations, 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 tradition, yet amplified by alternative experimentation, rock energy, and pop ambition.
The music moves as the couple’s life does, scrapbooking unforgettable experiences in melody like an eternal keepsake of their relationship.
“The music is the backdrop on which our life gets painted,” affirms Abner. “We’re not just writing 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 writing together. We say things better in song than we discuss them in person. We’ve seen terrible things, brilliant things, and beautiful 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 intimacy, and he adds fire,” exclaims Amanda. “It’s important to have both. That’s really the balance of what JOHNNYSWIM is.”