Andrew Johnston: "Dictator" (Independent): This Montreal-based rock singer/songwriter is wrapping up a new album, The New Great Game, with Murray Lightburn of The Dears producing, and this advance cut is a strong one.
In a press release, Johnston explains that “When I first started to work on "Dictator" it was much more of an on-the-nose political type song. That’s a really hard thing to pull off well, and Murray really encouraged me to go back to the drawing board with the lyrics and make them more personal and from the heart. As it stands now the track may have been inspired by political stuff but seems to be more about how we can all be our own worst critics. I guess it’s about being your own worst enemy, and trying to free yourself from that.”
Despite the dark theme, the track is up-tempo and catchy.
Johnston is enthusiastic about the impending album, calling it "the biggest sounding collection of music I’ve ever put together. I wanted to make the biggest-baddest-rock-record-I-could-muster: I gave everything I had on this album, and swung as hard as I could."
His 2011 album The Wake of the Wonder Years was well-received, and his song "Go Get Another Dream" was featured in the Joss Whedon film In Your Eyes.
Johnston has shows later this month at the Central in Toronto (Nov. 25), Kafe 1870 in Wakefield (Nov. 26), and Shanghai Restaurant in Ottawa (Nov. 27).