James Franco’s Band, Daddy

James Franco’s Band, Daddy

ACTOR JAMES FRANCO IS CONSTANTLY DIVERSIFYING HIS PORTFOLIO OF TALENTS, AND NOW HE'S BRINGING HIS SINGING TALENTS TO THE FOREFRONT

ACTOR JAMES FRANCO IS CONSTANTLY DIVERSIFYING HIS PORTFOLIO OF TALENTS, AND NOW HE'S BRINGING HIS SINGING TALENTS TO THE FOREFRONT

Text: Ian David Monroe

V contributing editor James Franco wears many hats: actor, director, writer, artist, Instagram provocateur, and singer. The latter is likely a little-known fact, if not an entirely new one. His work as Daddy, the band he formed with co-vocalist and collaborator Tim O’Keefe, started almost three years ago with the release of their Motor City E.P.

But with yesterday's debut of “You Are Mine,” their first track since signing with Kobalt last month, they seem to be making more of splash. The record deal will support the duo in releasing their Smiths-inspired album Let Me Get What I Want, a title that refers to the Smiths song of the same name. The ‘80s band’s bassist, Andy Rourke, plays the bass on “You Are Mine,” and is said to have contributed to every song.

Franco’s reverence for The Smiths extends beyond their instrumental talents and into their knack for lyrics. In March of 2014, the Renaissance man released a book of poems titled Directing Herbert White: Poems, which had a section devoted to pieces about people Franco attended Palo Alto High School with. The titles of these poems are named after different songs by The Smiths, and ultimately became lyrics on the forthcoming Let Me Get What I Want.

Never one to let the creative process end, Franco will release the album with an hour-long film that merges the ten tracks into a continuous loop, the last song flowing into the first seamlessly.

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