Anthony Johnson of The Morning After Girls : Modern DrummerLast year, two wonderful things happened in my life. First, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. And second, I joined my new band, The Morning After Girls! It consists of my Australian and American brothers. I hope I’m not coming off self-righteous. I was lucky enough to hook up with these guys through an audition via a lovely cup of tea on the Upper West Side of NYC. The music is great, and we seem to have a sincere chemistry on and off stage, which is a rare thing. I never understood bro love until now.

Anyway, we started playing together last November and had our first show in January 2009 in New York City. We have also played a handful of shows and festivals in L.A., Toronto, and Austin, which all have been wonderful experiences, and we’re on tour this summer.

I don’t want to say what the pillars of my career are, but just so you know, I was the lead in the show STOMP. Hey, don’t judge me. [laughs] This is my time to shine, thank you very much! No, seriously, it’s taken me literally three months to write a few paragraphs because I was nervous to write this. After all, this is Modern Drummer–it’s the pinnacle, the top of the mountain, so to speak, for all us drummers! It’s a true honor to have been asked to contribute this blog. I’ve been reading MD forever, so this is very exciting for me! Thank you.

For more on Anthony Johnson go to www.myspace.com/themorningaftergirls or www.taisuke.com/anthony/index.html.