DADDY (JAMES FRANCO + TIM O’KEEFE) RELEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT FILM TODAY HERE
LIMITED EDITION DARK PINK DOUBLE VINYL GATEFOLD + 16 PAGE 10″ COLOR BOOKLET OF JAMES FRANCO DRAWINGS + SIGNED POSTCARD HERE
“…the mind-bendingly sinister new video…” – Dazed
“You Are Mine” is a pulsating, garage-y New Wave track with Franco showcasing his lower register as he harmonizes with O’Keefe. –Rolling Stone
“Franco’s reverence for The Smiths extends beyond their instrumental talents and into their knack for lyrics.” – V Magazine
” In true Franco fashion, You Are Mine is a heavy dose of the cult-Americana you envied so much as a teen and offers a trip down memory lane to the Californian high school you never went to.” – i-D
“The song itself is pretty New Wave-y and pulsating with art-house vibes—exactly how a James Franco musical production should sound.” – NYLON
“Franco uses his lowest register to harmonize with his musical partner, Tim O’Keefe, over a new wavey synth and guitar, making for a foreboding, but sexy aesthetic.” – PAPER Magazine
Today, Daddy,formed by the duo James Franco and Tim O’Keefe,reveal the film that accompanies their 10-song debut album Let Me Get What I Want HERE. The Franco-produced film can be viewed as an hour-long artwork, or as individual music videos for all of the album’s songs. The film has no “beginning” or “end” point, it works like a loop (i.e. the “last” video, or video 10, connects to the first video, video 1, seamlessly). The film stars Palo Alto High School students and edited in a Lynchian style reminiscent of Twin Peaks.
The Smiths’ Andy Rourke plays bass on a few Let Me Get What I Want tracks. A limited edition double, dark pink gatefold vinyl is available, alongside a 16 page 10” colour booklet consisting of drawings by James Franco that correspond to each song and a signed postcard. You can buy the album (limited edition vinyl, cd, digital) HERE via We Are Daddy / KOBALT.
Daddy encompass music, film and installation art into a multimedia experience; “Let Me Get What I Want is a concept album & film that tracks three characters as they weave through the dark ways of high school: love, death, and dreams.”
James recently published a book of poetry called Directing Herbert White: Poems. Two sections in that book are called “Poems Inspired by Smiths’ Songs” and are a series of poems loosely based on people James knew at Palo Alto High School; each poem sharing the title of The Smiths’ song that inspired it. James and Tim discussed the poems and their love of the Smiths. They soon decided to use these poems to create the new songs for their album. James discussed the process in his VICE column HERE.
James Franco said about the earlier revealed track “You Are Mine”HERE: “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,” and Tim O’Keefe added “Transforming James’ poems to songs took on it’s 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.”
01. I’m A Sword Swallower
02. Lime Green Dress
03. Gentle But You Weren’t
04. Car Ride Home
05. I Think That I Loved Him
06. On The Sideline
07. I Am All These Things
08. Graduation Day
09. You Are Mine
10. Now I Stand Alone