Johnnyswim Prove That Romance Lives at Webster Hall
Johnnyswim came to New York City’s iconic Webster Hall on May 21, and showed their fans that sweet, loving tenderness can be cooler than cool.
When Johnnyswim takes the stage, concert goers can immediately tell they are witnessing a unique—and authentic—presentation. Singer-songwriters Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez love each other. Like, really love each other. It’s a refreshing sight to see, especially in the age of TMZ when manufactured couples are paraded around as “the real deal” for Instagram likes. The way Sudano genuinely smiles at Ramirez is cause for a celebration. If only that kind of exchange could happen more often for millennials inside the hallowed halls of the first modern nightclub.
Discussing romance in music is like pairing peanut butter with jelly: It’s as standard as it gets. The most successful songs on the charts usually center around one’s lustful longing (or bitter heartbreak) for the one that got away. After a while, though, it becomes cliche. Real fast. Listeners can easily pick up on dishonesty in modern pop music. You don’t find a hint of Hollywood phoniness in Johnnyswim’s music and relationship.
The married couple’s Moonlight Tour shines a spotlight on their latest album, which dropped last month. Moonlight is the next chapter in Johnnyswim’s evolving story as a couple who are making life on the road work. When Ramirez sang “Amanda,” you couldn’t help but get choked up. Hearing Ramirez pour his heart out to his wife (and mother of their two children), while she sat directly across from him, painted a beautiful—and rare—picture. Couples inside of Webster Hall were seen holding each other just a little bit tighter after the song concluded. Music & Mojitos felt all of the fuzzy, warm feels.
During an early portion of the concert, Ramirez couldn’t help but share his admiration for the Johnnyswim fans that knew Moonlight like the backs of their hands.
“Y’all been singing like its been out a year,” exclaimed Ramirez about the duo’s latest album. “We’ve never been in the top ten on iTunes. This was in the top 3. We’re gonna do every song off of the album. I hope that’s alright.”
It was more than alright for the crowd at Webster Hall. They roared in unison for each touching moment that was shared between the fiery couple as they played their newest music. “Bridges” got the crowd to boogie down on a Tuesday night. “Souvenir” was another showstopping performance that had to be heard to be believed. Sudano’s vocals sent chills down spines. The scene was a far cry from the humble beginnings of Johnnyswim, where they played at Rockwood Music Hall in front of 17 people.
“When you see us tired on the Today show tomorrow, it’s your fault,” Ramirez jokingly told the crowd during a highly-anticipated encore performance.
Just like a book that comes alive for those who read it, Johnnyswim’s fans couldn’t get enough of their Amanda and Abner fix at the newly renovated Webster Hall. Music & Mojitos thinks that Johnnyswim’s triumph as a successful couple is a gripping page turner that deserves an endless amount of sequels.
After all, isn’t that what every great love story is made of?