Communist Daughter is an indie rock band from Saint Paul, Minnesota founded by Johnny Solomon. The band's name comes from the title of a song by the band Neutral Milk Hotel.
Communist Daughter was founded in 2009 by singer and songwriter Johnny Solomon in Prescott, WI. Solomon moved from Saint Paul, MN to Prescott, WI in 2007 after the break up of his band Friends Like These. There he began writing and recording under the name Communist Daughter, taking his name from a Neutral Milk Hotel song. In 2009 he assembled a band of Twin Cities musicians: bass player Adam Switlick, formerly the guitarist with Friends Like These; keyboard player Jonathan Blaseg, and drummer Steve Yasgar, formerly of Swiss Army. They recorded a 4 song demo that included the track "Not The Kid". Communist Daughter signed to Grain Belt Records and began recording the debut album Soundtrack To The End. At this time they added guitar player Al Weiers (Faux Jean) and singer Molly Moore. Steve Yasgar left the band and they finished recording the album with drummer Christopher McGuire (12 Rods, Kid Dakota).
In March 2010 the single "Not The Kid" reached #1 on KCMP 89.3 The Current's charts. Steve Yasgar returned to the band and Keyboard player Lee VanLith joined the band. Soundtrack to the End was released in April 2010 on Grain Belt Records.
In late 2010, after playing the CMJ music festival, Johnny put the band on hold and checked in to rehab at Hazelden treatment facility in Center City, MN for treatment of alcohol and meth addiction and bipolar disorder. While he was in treatment, two songs from Soundtrack To The End (Speed of Sound, Soundtrack to the End) were featured in Season 7 Episode 14 (P.Y.T.) of the ABC show Grey's Anatomy.
In 2011, after leaving treatment, Johnny moved back to Saint Paul. Steve Yasgar and Lee VanLith left the band in April 2011 and Ian Prince joined Communist Daughter on drums. They remixed Soundtrack To The End for vinyl and rerecorded some of the drum tracks with Ian Prince. They then recorded the EP "Something Wicked This Way Comes" on Grain Belt Records with a limited release in Sept of 2011.
In 2012 Dan DeMuth replaced Ian Prince on drums, and keyboard and guitar player Dillon Marchus replaced keyboard player Jonathan Blaseg. In June they released "Lions & Lambs" on Grain Belt Records and toured nationally including the CMJ Music Festival and several dates with Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit.
In 2013 the band began to record their sophomore record with Kevin Bowe as a co-producer. August 2013 the band was featured in Paste Magazine's Best of What's Next 20issue (#105).
In September 2013 singer Molly Moore and Johnny Solomon married.
Members of Communist Daughter are:
Johnny Solomon – guitar, lead vocals
Molly Moore - lead vocals
Dan DeMuth – drums
Adam Switlick – bass guitar, vocals
Dillon Marchus – keyboards, guitar
Al Weiers - guitar
Former members include:
Steve Yasgar – (2009, 2010-2011) -- drums
Christopher McGuire (2009) – drums
Jonathan Blaseg (2009–2012) – keyboards
Lee VanLith (2010–2011) - keyboards
Ian Prince (2011) -- drums