ABOUT LOGAN LYNN
Logan Lynn is an American musician, writer, composer, singer, producer, activist and television personality.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Lynn first gained national and international recognition in 2006 when MTV’s Logo channel began airing his music videos. He is the former host of NewNowNext Music and has done a number of televised commercial spots for the channel. Logan’s videos were included in 2007 and 2008’s “Top 10 Videos of the Year” by the network and have been featured on MTV, VH1 and Spike TV as well.
Logan Lynn was signed to Caroline/EMI via The Dandy Warhols owned-and-operated Beat The World label from 2007 to 2010, when he announced that he would be going on hiatus to pursue activism work full time. In 2013 Lynn returned with a new record, a U.S. tour, a handful of videos, a critically acclaimed Miley Cyrus cover, and the promise of a new sound on the way with what will be his 8th studio album, titled ADIEU, releasing September 23rd, 2016.
With ADIEU, Logan Lynn puts melody to his own mental health crisis and takes us with him on an unflinching journey inward. ADIEU is a leap into an abyss that most of us, including Lynn previously, spend our lives trying our best not to have to look at. There are no metaphors here; just dirty, honest and, at times, difficult truth.
In the album’s liner notes, Lynn writes “ADIEU is about saying goodbye to love. It is also, at times, about my not wanting to live…or not knowing how to move through this traumatic experience we all call “living”. It is about overcoming heartache; about resilience in the face of grief and suffering; and about love being stronger than anything else.”
Musically, ADIEU is a departure for Logan Lynn, with he and his longtime collaborator Gino Mari abandoning the electronic dance vehicle Lynn has made a name for himself by way of over the past 2 decades, landing them both squarely in a mix of rock, pop, punk and deep 90s vibes. Citing musical influences that range from Liz Phair, David Bowie, Elliott Smith, The Ocean Blue, Kathleen Hannah, The Sundays, R.E.M. and Innocence Mission to modern references like Whitey, Chvrches, Logan’s friends Chromatics, Portland Punk Icon Beth Ditto, and former labelmates and mentors The Dandy Warhols, both Lynn and Mari sound right at home in this space.
Over the course of the record’s 15 tracks, Lynn is our guide through very personal trauma, profound loss, his own persistent suicidal ideation and mental health struggle, and out the other side into a place of resilience, recovery, hope and love…or Hell, as it were.
Logan Lynn’s reclaiming of eternal Hellfire and damnation on ADIEU‘s final cut “Oh, Lucifer” is a brutal roasting of the religious fundamentalist cult he escaped as a young person and a grandiose middle finger to all of the insufferable anti-gay bigots he has encountered in the years since. By the time Lynn sings the lyrics “Remember, my dears that if we don’t sin then Jesus died for fucking nothing” and a demon voice begins to growl “Faggots should be burned”, it’s clear that this song — and album, for that matter – are not at all what they may have seemed.
Lynn’s 8th record ADIEU releases on his 8th year clean from a very well-documented 16 year addiction to cocaine, crack cocaine and alcohol that nearly took his life in 2008. Logan is no stranger to themes of addiction and mental health challenges in his music and he is the brainchild behind the successful “Keep Oregon Well” campaign to fight stigma through the arts. Since its inception, Logan Lynn has partnered on the #KeepOregonWell Concert Series with Bleachers, Kevin Bacon, The Dandy Warhols, Of Monsters And Men, Pete Yorn, Charli XCX, Walk Off The Earth, Kurt Vile, Flo Rida, Priory, Tori Kelly, David Gray, Matt Nathanson, Collective Soul, Blitzen Trapper, Violent Femmes and hundreds of other bands, authors, performers and artists committed to raising awareness about mental health and fighting stigma through the arts.
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“Sex, Dogs and Mental Health? After years of translating emotional hardship into musical coherence, Logan Lynn’s grief has opened the door to creating something beautiful as he returns with his eighth studio record, ‘Adieu,’ in September.”
– Vortex Music Magazine
“Logan Lynn’s ADIEU is a victory for the broken bones and bruised hearts that support our heavy souls. Impossibly, yet beautifully, ADIEU makes no claims to anything other than a simple truth: Life is awful, until it’s not. For anyone that has ever felt disconnected, unheard, under-appreciated or unrequited, this is the album to hold tightly to your chest. A+”
– Jay Mohr (Comedian, Actor, Radio Host and Best Selling Author)
“Logan Lynn returns with ADIEU, his eighth studio album and a seismic message of resilience and recovery. Lynn’s danceable, party perfect sound succeeds in a major musical hat trick; doubling as a hopeful anthem for anyone who has suffered the one-two sucker punch of trauma compounded by self-medicating. These songs are dirty, raw and so beautifully rendered I could not stop listening. ADIEU fills the vacant space in music that goes beyond drugs, sex and rock and roll to what happens next, when the wounded and victimized awaken to the potential of their own lives. The mix of rock, pop and 90’s rhythms is so infectious, one might be tempted to forego the liner notes and lyrics. Don’t make that mistake. As a mental health advocate and suicide loss survivor, I cheered this album and its anthem: Stick around and bear witness to the beating of your own heart.”
– Sheila Hamilton (Emmy Award Winning Journalist, 101.9 Kink FM Morning Show Host, and Author of “All The Things We Never Knew: Chasing The Chaos Of Mental Illness”)
“Logan Lynn has always had a knack for making danceable rock and pop and with “The One,” he shows that he can now confidently rock out with the same gusto.”
– Glide Magazine
“Stylistically ‘The One’ sees a slight shift in direction for Lynn, whose past releases have been more electronic, whether it’s veering towards the dance floor or creating hook-filled alt-pop. This first track from his forthcoming new album ‘Adieu’ sees him tackling garage inspired indie-rock without losing those catchy melodies and pop sparkle.”
– The Sound of Confusion (UK)
“Dandy Warhols protégé Portland electropopper Logan Lynn is back with a layered confection of shiny beats, blips and synths with more lyrical heft than the average dance-floor soundtrack.”
– Willamette Week
“Somehow, a kid who grew up in a fundamentalist Christian church where even musical instruments were too secular to have around has developed into an innovative adult musician with a dirty-honest edge…blunt, raunchy, and fun.”
– Advocate Magazine
“Delightfully warm synth-pop…toes the line between Cut Copy‘s epic chimes and Ladytron‘s dancefloor squiggling.”
– Under The Radar Magazine
“The singer/songwriter sets his heartfelt confessionals to the sound of blaring synths, driving drum rhythms, and pulsing basslines. Sonically adventurous yet possessing the pop sensibilities that lesser artists would forsake in the name of artsiness, Lynn is set to become the new golden boy of sensitive electro-pop.”
– URB Magazine
“Logan Lynn’s emo-disco-pop blend has already made him a hit with gay guys who like to hear their lives — from the highs to the lows — set to music. His ability to capture melancholy and melody is really no surprise, given that the grandmother who taught him about music also taught a similarly emotional man, Johnny Cash.”
– OUT Magazine