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Whoa, Daddy: James Franco is back in the music biz with a new band

September 21, 2012|By Gerrick D. Kennedy
  • Actor James Franco teams with friend and musician-artist Tim O'Keefe in a new band, Daddy. The duo will release an EP, "MotorCity," on Tuesday.
Actor James Franco teams with friend and musician-artist Tim O'Keefe… (From Daddy )

James Franco’s renaissance continues with the multi-hyphenate star dipping into music again.

Somewhere between shooting films, going to college, playing director and heaping a handful of other projects on his plate, Franco found time to start a band, Daddy, with friend and musician-artist Tim O'Keefe.

Daddy will release its debut EP, “MotorCity,” on Tuesday. 

“MotorCity,” was written and recorded while Franco was on location in Detroit filming the upcoming "Oz: The Great and Powerful" alongside  Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz.

While one film inspired the project, the cover art comes from another one of Franco’s projects. His young costars of “Spring Breakers,” including Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens pose on the cover in bikinis sporting fake Daddy tattoos.

In a heavily worded announcement for the project issued Friday, the motivation behind the band, according to Franco and O'Keefe, is “to push beyond the sonic space of music into the surrounding ecology. Daddy investigates the territories of film/video, installation, and performance while simultaneously exploring the connections that form between them.”

The real question here is how does the music sound? “MotorCity” pulls from funk, soul and classic Motown sounds (Smokey Robinson lends his vocals to a track) and Franco riffs about love over a slow-moving folk groove.

The Daddy members met as students at Rhode Island School of Design and collaborated on a handful of projects, including Franco's 2011 "Endless Idaho" installation at L.A.’s Gagosian Gallery.

Franco’s last musical endeavor was an EP with New York performance artist Kalup Linzy called “Turn It Up,” which was released last year.

Watch the kaleidoscopic video for "Love in the Old Days” below:

 

Gerrick Kennedy

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