“A shared musical hallucination”: The language of cinematic music, of Jack Nitzsche, of Morricone, Nino Rota, of the electronic sounds of Raymond Scott, an amalgam of vocal instrumentalists and fearless raconteurs, of Edda Dell Orso, Ruth White, François Hardy, Connie Francis, Brigette Fontaine, Jacques Brel, Elvis and Lee Hazlewood.
Spearheaded by David Holmes, in collaboration with composer/producer Keefus Ciancia, and songwriter-vocalist Jade Vincent, Unloved are a band born of 60’s girl groups and classic film scores. Guilty Of Love drops March 4 via their own Unloved imprint.
The Backstory: Holmes, who was in Los Angeles working on a film score, was introduced to Ciancia, who was also working on film score. Keefus invited David to The Rotary Room where Vincent sang. The regular Tuesday nights saw a collective of great musicians join as informal ensembles, Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption), Gus Seyffert (Beck, The Black Keys), Jay Bellerose (T Bone Burnett) and Deantoni Parks (John Cale), with Holmes DJing between each band. All the while Holmes, Ciancia and Vincent were experimenting, re-interpreting their favorite music. Nights bled to later nights, all nighters. Conversation spun into collaboration. David and Keefus found sound and programmed beats, sonic themes wrangled and tamed, creating a landscape passed to Jade for melody and for lyrics, songs of lament and confession.
The Unloved trio formally came together as a band at the legendary Vox Studios, Hollywood. Helmed by composer Woodrow Wilson Jackson III, in a studio almost original to its beginnings in 1936, a rotating cast of musicians arrived to realise the Unloved vision. Jade Vincent was joined by vocalists Raven Ciancia-Vincent, Kat Khaleel, Sarah Rayne, Tanya Mellotte and PenelopeFortier. Musicians Jim Keltner (John Lennon), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Tommy Morgan (The Beach Boys, Elvis), Jay Bellerose, Gus Seyffert, Gabe Noel, Tyler Parkford, Deantoni Parks, Zach Dawes, Jonathan Wilson, Tim Harries and BP Fallon also climbed on board, creating an atmosphere thick with possibility. [Below: David Holmes]
An intimate tribe, riding a near-psychic wave with “a shared musical hallucination” captured by engineers Michael Harris, Jeremy Carberry, Bryce Gonzalez, Masa Tszuki and Valente Torrezand mixers Michael Patterson, Rich Costey and Darryll Thorpe.