Location: Manchester, CT
Genre(s): Post-Folk, Post-Punk, Alternative
Members: Matt Maynes – Vocals, Guitar/ Dan Garaffa – Bass/ Michael James Anderson – Guitar/ Brendan Donnelly – Drums
Johnny Mainstream is a four-piece Indie Rock and Americana act out of Central CT. Born in the Marist College dormitories of songwriter Matthew Maynes and bassist Dan Garaffa, Johnny Mainstream began writing honest folk songs inspired by Bob Dylan, Bright Eyes, and Kevin Devine, but infused with the punk rock ideals on which each was raised.
After graduation in 2007, Maynes and Garaffa returned to CT with the Johnny Mainstream brand intact. Through continual exposure at local venues like the Main Pub and Grady Tavern in Manchester CT, Johnny Mainstream began to amass a small following from fans, as well as the attention of other local musicians. Brendan Donnelly and local mainstay and “Flu” alum Michael James Anderson now round out the group on drums and lead guitar respectively.