Actor, poet, teacher, artist, and now musician James Franco has started a band called Daddy (that’s right, Daddy) with co-vocalist Tim O’Keefe. Their upcoming debut album is titled Let Me Get What I Want and features bassist Andy Rourke of the Smiths. Listen to it below:
The song showcases Franco utilizing his lower register as he harmonizes along O”Keefe, while a guitar and drums pulsing along on the New Wave track. “You Are Mine” and the other songs on the upcoming LP are inspired by two parts of “Poems Inspired by Smiths’ Songs” from Franco’s new book of poetry Directing Herbert White: Poems. Similar to his book and film Palto Alto, the poems in this book are inspired by people Franco knew at Palto Alto High School and each poem is named after a Smiths song.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Franco said the following:
High school is a time of longing for the unattainable, we dream big, but we’re still too young to make anything significant happen. At least I was too immature and sensitive to be the person I wanted to be. ‘You Are Mine’ is about one teenager dreaming about another, even though they’ll never be together.”
Franco met O’Keefe when they both attended the Rhode Island School of Design’s Digital+Media MFA program. Between 2012 and 2013, the duo released a few EPs that are still streaming on Daddy’s SoundCloud account. In talking about the transformation of Franco’s poems to songs, O’Keefe had this to say:
“Transforming James’ poems to songs took on its own creative process which was a new direction for me, because the words weren’t written by me, I had to take on the character of the individual whose perspective I was singing from. ‘You Are Mine,’ like many of the songs on Let Me Get What I Want, expresses experiences that were relatable to my own high school experience, and therefore I had a lot of my own emotions to pull from.”
In addition to the album, the band will release an hour-long film that’ll serve as a visual companion to the LP and will stare Palo Alto High School students.