Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Music Break: Dead Man’s Bones

Because today is Halloween it only feels appropriate to confess my new found love of the weird and gothic music of the band, Dead Man’s Bones. Yes, this is actor Ryan Gosling’s (Noah from The Notebook, the most epic love story of our time :D) band…and no, I do not like them just for that reason (am not that shallow…though why deny the fact that Ryan is even hotter behind a piano..oh & gotta love the deep sexy vocal thing. Okay, sorry, back to the music…which I’m all about ;)).

Dead Man’s Bones is a collaboration of Ryan Gosling and his friend, Zach Shields. The two friends met back in 2005 when they were dating sisters and resented being forced to hang out. They claim to have wanted to hate each other but ended up bonding on a mutual love for music and a fascination with the paranormal. These shared interests grew into an idea to write a theatrical monster ghost love story set to music. But upon learning how much all this would cost, the duo decided to nix the theatrics and stick to the music.

Their sound is straight out of the 50’s & 60’s; somewhat reminiscent of artists such as The Shangri-Las, Bobby Vinton, and The Andrew Sisters. With eerie and haunting sounds (such as tin foil for rain, creaking doors, paper ripping for thunder, foot steps, screaming, crying, waves, werewolf howling, boat noises, crickets); Ryan’s deep sultry voice (did not know he could sing like that, so impressive); and L.A.’s Silverlake Conservatory Children's Choir on background vocals; it creates a unique gothic inspired collaboration.

This song, “In A Room Where You Sleep”, is off their self-titled debut album which released in 2009. Even though this tune has been around for a couple years, I just discovered it a few weeks ago and became a little obsessed with it. The video is a live performance of the song. The kids choir all dressed up in their costumes is just too cute; (especially love kid at the end) and adds a really interesting dimension to the sound.

This is the perfect song to crank for your Halloween party tonight.. or while you’re at home pigging out on candy and ignoring trick or treaters! ;) For more info on Dead Man’s Bones, click Here.

Well I’m off to make some homemade peanut butter cups and red velvet cake pops with my sister! Hope you have a safe & happy Halloween! :)

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