Did you know James Franco was in a band? No? Do you want to listen to their new song? No? Well.
Daddy, a musical duo comprising Franco and his art school friend Tim O’Keefe, are working with The Smiths bassist Andy Rourke on an album/film project inspired by The Smiths called Let Me Get What I Want, and they released their first track from the album on Tuesday. Just as one might expect of anything inspired by The Smiths, Franco said the song — titled “You Are Mine” — and the album channel the dark, emotional side of high school.
“High school is a time of longing for the unattainable,” Franco explained in a press release. “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.”
The lyrics on the album are taken from Franco’s book of Smiths-inspired poetry, Directing Herbert White: Poems.
Daddy was formed in 2012 while Franco and O’Keefe were studying digital media at the Rhode Island School of Design. As Rolling Stone points out, the pair released a few EPs in 2012 and 2013 on Soundcloud, which you can still check out.
Daddy expects to release Let Me Get What I Want in full next spring.