Published Jan 23, 2009Thanks to Zooey Deschanel's She & Him and Jason Schwartzman's Coconut Records, we have officially shaken the yucky stigma attached to the concept of actors as musicians. Sure, Jared Leto and Russell Crowe are probably still plotting something evil together somewhere but now Ryan Gosling can be added to the list of actors making a positive contribution to the music world in his new project Dead Man's Bones.
Co-helmed with his friend Zach Shields, Dead Man's Bones are a Langley Schools Music Project-inspired affair, whereby the band enlisted a choir from the Silverlake Conservatory of Music of children and teenagers. The band will be releasing their debut album sometime this summer on their label, Werewolf Hearts.
In a recent interview with Pitchfork, Gosling opened up about the project, as well as the label, saying, "It seems like an interesting time to come into music because it seems like everybody's leaving, every office we go into the guy's packing up, and pulling all the final things from his desk in a box... It seems, like, you can't make money anymore, so people are trying to figure out how it all should work. My impression just seems to be, like, it's kind of the Wild West in a way. Whatever you think of you can do, and that's really terrifying but also an exciting situation to be in, because you realize that you can create the way that this goes down for you."
Dead Man's Bones will play their first show at SXSW. They are also planning a tour where they'll be joined by a different choir in every town.
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