So now Sweeny and the band are heading to Hudson, New York next month to spend 10 days recording a full-length recond in Hirsch’s new studio.
“It’s like a dream come true to be able to do it and to have somebody who wants to fully realize making a great record and bringing the best sounds out of my team,” says Sweeny.
“When I was young I really admired showmen,” he says excitedly. “I really admired Andy Kaufman because of the scope of what he did … and I also admired Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Prince, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and James Brown… So I sort of took the best of those worlds and mixed them together.”
No matter what unexpected twists of fate come next for Sweeny the actor and Johnny the singer, you can bet it's going to shoot from the heart.
"My heart opens and a song comes out," says Johnny between pops of the camera's light. "Because if you can't sing from your heart, don't even open your mouth."
Catch Showcase in Lantern's production of Midsummer Night's Dream. Through April 17.
10th and Ludlow sts. 215.829.0395. lanterntheater.org