Johnny Stranger “P is for Pompeii” – Grunge Rock to Shake Up Your Summer

If alternative grunge rock is your style, we’ve got a great new song for you! “P is for Pompeii” builds up a great tune with heavy guitar playing, building drums, and intense vocals. Liken to something you may hear from Seether or Primus, Johnny Stranger does a great job pulling listeners in and keeping them engaged from start to finish. The bridge slows things down to an ominous beat before bringing the energy back more passionately than before. With catchy lyrics and a lively performance, you’ll find yourself playing “P is for Pompeii” on repeat. Check out this head-banging jam below!


Johnny Stranger is a progressive rock band based out of Los Angeles. Their music is hard rock with jazz influences and cinematic soundscapes, like a mixture of Foo Fighters, The Mars Volta, and Steely Dan. They built their fanbase on the road, touring Washington State extensively before relocating to Boston and finally Los Angeles. Now, after a 10 year hiatus, Johnny Stranger is releasing their 5th studio album, “Valkyrie”.

Fiery and electric, “P Is For Pompeii” is a lightning bolt that strikes the listener with menacing energy and progressive musicianship. The song is quintessential Johnny Stranger, who sparked their underground following in their hometown of Olympia, WA in the mid-2000’s. Following the band’s breakup and a long struggle with depression, Singer/Songwriter Peter Anthony reignited the band and immediately began recording.

“The song’s lyrics were inspired by the vicious relationship between mother and daughter in Stephen King’s “Carrie”,” says Anthony. “Whereas the verses sing from the point-of-view of the mother (representing depression), the chorus is about overcoming that darkness: ‘I’ve got a soul, but who can tell. Got a hole in my heart which you can’t fill and I need to get myself away.’” The journey of creating “P Is For Pompeii” was wild and twisted, but it has resulted in Johnny Stranger’s latest album, “Valkyrie”.

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