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Arrested Youth’s ‘Nonfiction’ Out Today via Lowly / Big Noise

Arrested Youth’s ‘Nonfiction’ Out Today via Lowly / Big Noise

Headline Tour Kicks off in August

15-Song LP, Produced by John Feldmann, is Accompanied by Single

“Find My Own Way” Featuring Mark Hoppus


Listen to ‘Nonfiction’ & “Find My Own Way (Feat. Mark Hoppus)” here:


Out today (6.25), Ian Johnson, the mind behind Arrested Youth, releases his first studio album ‘Nonfiction’ via Lowly / Big Noise. Produced by famed producer and Goldfinger frontman John Feldmann (Blink 182, The Used, Fever 333), ‘Nonfiction’ is an introspective story about growth and discovery. Musically, it pulls from rock, hip-hop, pop, and singer-songwriter genres. Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus joins Johnson on the album’s focal track, “Find My Own Way”. The pensive coming of age single sees Johnson grapple with understanding his true self, ultimately realizing that personal betterment is a lifelong process.

“It’s a song about struggling to find my way in my life, as I try to better understand my motives, self-doubts, and weaknesses,” Johnson explains. “What’s more autobiographical than that?”

‘Nonfiction’ possesses two sonic chapters. The first half of the album features bright, nostalgic records that stir up youthful memories. Both light-hearted and intimate, “7th Grade” looks back at Johnson’s first relationship, while capturing the innocence and naïveté of teenage dating. “Ryan” explores the complicated dynamics of growing up with an older sibling, specifically Johnson’s relationship with his brother.

The album’s second half shifts towards darker, reflective records that focus on building a stronger sense of self. While the subject matter leans heavy, Johnson’s songwriting often reflects positivity. “Family Tree” is an empowering song about not letting the scars on your family’s genetic history (disease, mental illness) shape your own identity. On “Unfaithful” Johnson explores the power of willpower and holding on to your core values, even in the face of temptation. Ultimately, it is about understanding yourself what you need (and don’t need) to be happy in life.

Johnson is looking forward to playing ‘Nonfiction’ live for North American audiences this summer. His headline tour kicks off on August 17th in Santa Ana, California and ends September 16th in Phoenix, marking the first Arrested Youth concerts in over a year. See full dates below:


Arrested Youth Nonfiction Tour 2021

August 17th – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, California

August 18th – Music Box – San Diego, California

August 19th – Holy Diver – Sacramento, California

August 25th – Larimer Lounge – Denver, Colorado

August 30th – Schubas – Chicago, Illinois

September 1st – Big Room Bar – Columbus, Ohio

September 4th – Songbyrd – Washington D.C

September 5th – Kung Fu Neck Tie – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

September 6th – Mercury Lounge – New York, New York

September 8th – The Masquerade – Atlanta, Georgia

September 10th – Encore – Kansas City, Missouri

September 11th – Secret Group – Houston, Texas

September 12th – The Parish – Austin, Texas

September 13th – The Loft – Dallas, Texas

September 16th – Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, Arizona


Nonfiction’ LP Tracklisting:

  1. A Message from My Heart to My Head
  2. Find My Own Way (feat. Mark Hoppus)
  3. 98 Degrees
  4. Paul McCartney
  5. Ego
  6. 7th Grade
  7. Ryan
  8. My Friend
  9. Family Tree
  10. Unfaithful
  11. Father Tell Me
  12. 1984
  13. Leave My Casket Open...
  14. Parallel Lines
  15. Woke Up in This Body



Honesty is the best policy, but that adage is most powerful when applied to music. For Arrested Youth, started by Ian Johnson in 2017, truth is the impetus behind any good song. It’s why Ian writes lyrics and why fans connect to his songs so strongly. For his first studio album, 'Nonfiction,' Ian offers a glimpse into his struggles - and triumphs - over the last year. “These are songs about where I was at in my life and what I was going through,” Ian says of 'Nonfiction,' which follows Arrested Youth’s EPs, ‘FEAR’ (2018) and ‘Sobville’ (2019). “I’m here to tell my story, for better or worse. Writing this album has helped put a lot of things into perspective for me, and I hope it can do the same for others.”





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