Johnny Ironsights is an Americana and Punk Rock musician. Ironsights was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2017.
Johnny plans to release “Murder Mountain” an Americana album in 2020. While not overtly political, “Murder Mountain” is a poetic social commentary on the war on drugs, mass incarceration, racism and classism—important and personal issues to the artist.
The title song “Murder Mountain” arose from the lawless area of Humbolt County, California, known for marijuana cultivation as well as the disappearance and unsolved murders of several individuals. “No one really gives a damn what we do on Murder Mountain. No cops, no Feds to cannibalize this war.”
“When I’m Gone, When I’m Dead” is deeply personal as he laments about the effects of his father’s death upon his mother. “Momma spends her days crying alone in her mobile home. Watering her plants in the blistering desert sun.”
In “Not Quite White”, Johny writes about his bi-racial background—his mother is Polynesian/Austronesian and his father, a white Canadian—and his personal struggles with racial identity in America.
His first band ”Final Drive” was a Psychobilly band based out of Orange County, California. In 2008, he joined “The Woolly Bandits” playing organ and the guitar for the Los Angeles based Garage Punk band. As part of The Woolly Bandits, he toured the US, Canada and Europe, where they performed with artists such as Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Nels Cline (Wilco) and The Damned.
Ironsights is also a film composer and historian. He composed the score to director Danielle Agnello's film Lime Salted Love, starring Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3) and Kate del Castillo (La Reina del Sur).
In 2014, Ironsights was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship from the US State Department and moved to New Delhi, India for 10 months. While in New Delhi, he researched the little known history of Black jazz musicians that left racism and Jim Crow laws in the US to pursue careers in British Colonial India.
Upon returning to the US, he began working toward his PhD at the University of California, Santa Cruz; however, he left the program in 2017 and relocated to Phoenix, where he resurrected his solo career. He released his debut solo Garage Punk EP "Watered Down Faith" in February 2019 followed by “Devil’s On My Back”.
In April 2020, Johnny released his first Americana single “A Song For You” written by Gram Parsons. He dedicated the song to his father that he lost in December 2019 to bladder cancer.