It’s a special week for rock-pop aficionados. Jenny and Johnny, a spankin’ new music group formed by Jenny Lewis and her Scottish boyfriend, Jonathan Rice, just released their first single, “Scissor Runner,” as aÂ free download. The song, a deliciously fun anthem just in time for summer, will be on the group’s forthcoming debut, I’m Having Fun Now.
Yet don’t think every Jenny and Johnny track will match the cutesy lyrics of “Scissor Runner.”
As their site states, “The exuberance of love songs like ‘Scissor Runner’ mask some of the recordâ€™s darkness, with Lewis chronicling the economic demise of her beloved California in ‘Big Wave,’ Riceâ€™s haunting vocal on ‘Animal,’ and both songwriters raising a middle-finger kiss off in the acerbic ‘My Pet Snakes.’ The overall result is genuine and original pop music for Right Now.”
Lewis, of Rilo Kiley fame and also a pair of solo albums, met Rice about five years ago while working on her solo debut, Rabbit Fur Coat. The pair struck up a creative friendship and lent help to each others’ respective recordings. Rice has actually performed with Lewis for every live show of her solo career to date.
Touring for the album, which may drop as early as August 31st, kicks off September 1st at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz, CA. The full list of cities and venues is available here.
Noticeably missing from the tour are stops in Arizona. Due to the state’s new immigration policy, which Jenny and Johnny say “legalizes and sanctions racial profiling,” the group refuses to play there.
“To all our rad southwestern peeps, weâ€™re sorry that the brutes are running the show and we hope they get voted out of office.”
Iâ€™m Having Fun Now (2010)