Theres something about the bone-brittle winters and skin-melting summers of Iowa that breeds a rugged truth in a songwriter. From the middle of America, Johnnie Cluneys moniker, Bedroom Shrine, brings us a full-length debut.
Bedroom Shrine began when Cluney and drummer Dennis Hockaday left their former project, Mondo Drag (Alive Natural Sound Recordings). Singing and playing their own brand of lonesome rock and roll, Cluney (guitar), Hockaday (drums, synthesizer), Bambi Suits (rhythm guitar), and Aiden Landman (bass) got together every Tuesday for a year at the Horseshack the famed Daytrotter recording studio in Rock Island, Illinois to carve out the tracks of No Dꫠ vu.
These are songs of love, truth, and revenge. A result of lifes many moods. They were penned out during a time of reflection and loss (Cluneys father passed away in 2012). These songs are an example of the wars of life and our place in it.
Friends and favorite players were recruited to help on the record. Travis Williams on lap steel, and Skye Carrasco on violin. Sky has been playing with Cluney for around eight years, and has been featured on recordings by Quiet Bears and Mondo Drag.
From 2001 to 2009, Johnnie wrote and recorded under the name Quiet Bears, whose records Creatures and Oh, The Falling, that were praised in Skyscraper magazine. In 2005, Quiet Bears recorded a buzz-worthy session for Phoning It In, whos archives include Iron & Wine, Sharron Van Etten, and the Microphones.
In 2007, Cluney was one of the three founding members of psych/space rock outfit Mondo Drag, putting out the cdr Holy Spirit, and releasing New Rituals on Alive Natural Sound.
When Johnnie Cluney is not writing, he is illustrating for daytrotter.com. His 3,000+ illustrations, including portraits of some of the most prolific songwriters in American history, have been seen by millions around the world.