11 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Where Secondhand Serenade's debut album Awake showed how much John Veseley could do with just acoustic guitars and otherworldly vocal gymnastics, his second album is more fleshed out with a full band and formal sounding orchestration — though his skyward soaring singing remains prominent. Veseley introduces A Twist In My Story with those gorgeously textured vocals breathing life into the hyper-sentimental "Like A Knife," but what comes off as more interesting is hearing how the stripped down "Your Call" and "Maybe" from Awake pan out here — redone, upgraded and fully arranged with ample help from renowned producers Danny Lohner of Nine Inch Nails fame and Butch Walker who has worked with the likes of All American Rejects, Avril Lavigne, Fall Out Boy, Lindsay Lohan, The Donnas and Hot Hot Heat (amongst many others). Fans of Dashboard Confessional and Five For Fighting will find a stirring familiarity in songs like the piano-heavy power ballad "Fall For You" and the haunting "Your Call", and the exclusive bonus track "Tested And True" hints at a young man finally finding an old soul within, and thus beginning to influence himself.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Where Secondhand Serenade's debut album Awake showed how much John Veseley could do with just acoustic guitars and otherworldly vocal gymnastics, his second album is more fleshed out with a full band and formal sounding orchestration — though his skyward soaring singing remains prominent. Veseley introduces A Twist In My Story with those gorgeously textured vocals breathing life into the hyper-sentimental "Like A Knife," but what comes off as more interesting is hearing how the stripped down "Your Call" and "Maybe" from Awake pan out here — redone, upgraded and fully arranged with ample help from renowned producers Danny Lohner of Nine Inch Nails fame and Butch Walker who has worked with the likes of All American Rejects, Avril Lavigne, Fall Out Boy, Lindsay Lohan, The Donnas and Hot Hot Heat (amongst many others). Fans of Dashboard Confessional and Five For Fighting will find a stirring familiarity in songs like the piano-heavy power ballad "Fall For You" and the haunting "Your Call", and the exclusive bonus track "Tested And True" hints at a young man finally finding an old soul within, and thus beginning to influence himself.

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About Secondhand Serenade

Much like Five for Fighting or Dashboard Confessional, Secondhand Serenade is the project name for a solo artist, singer/songwriter John Vesely. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in a musical family that included his professional jazz musician father, Vesely spent a number of years playing bass in local bands before picking up the acoustic guitar and refocusing his attention on composing original material. Rather than releasing the new material under his name, Vesely chose to group them under a different moniker, Secondhand Serenade, which paid reference to the notion that all his autobiographical songs were directed first and foremost to his wife (and thus made the rest of his audience bystanders to their pas de deux). Vesely recorded his debut album, Awake, in 2005, originally self-releasing the disc and selling it digitally through his MySpace page. Internet buzz led to a deal with Glassnote Records, who released an expanded version of Awake in February 2007. ~ Stewart Mason

  • ORIGIN
    Menlo Park, CA
  • GENRE
    Pop

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