Dead Man’s Bones is a band with actor Ryan Gosling and his friend Zach Shields. Their first album, Dead Man’s Bones was released on October 6, 2009 through ANTI Records. The entire album is a collaboration with the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir started by Flea from Los Angeles, California. Gosling performs under the alias “Baby Goose”
When Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields met in Toronto in 2005 they wanted to hate each other. The two were dating sisters and resented the forced time they were expected to spend with one another, until a conversation stumbled upon their mutual obsession with the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland. Zach was so preoccupied with ghosts as a kid that he was put into therapy, and Ryan parents moved out of his childhood home because they believed it was haunted. Neither of them had really outgrown their fascination with ghosts, monsters, graveyards, zombies or anything deathly. Once they realized their shared affinity for the eerie, they started trying to write a theatrical monster ghost love story for the stage. They decided that this story should have music so they began learning how to play various instruments. By the time they had written their first few songs they realized how difficult it would be and how much money it would cost to create the show. They decided to continue with the music and put the play aside. Some of their sounds reflected the music they listened to—a little bit of doo-wop and artists such as The Shangri-Las, The Shags, The Cure, Company Flow, Sam Cooke, The Misfits, James Brown, Bobby Vinton, Joy Division, The Andrew Sisters and Daniel Johnston, to name a few
I really thought this album was criminally slept on to a degree.From the immediate opening of it they do a great job of giving you that haunting feeling.It literally feels like ghosts are lingering in the room.I remember hearing like 3 songs off the album in a car with some people in the dead of winter.It was pretty bugged out and eerie.And I had no idea it was the actor Ryan Gosling.Which to me wouldn’t of mattered but it let me focus 100% on the music itself.
Even though I first saw Ryan Gosling in the movie The Notebook it was irrelevant to some extent.It breaks down to the fact that sadly I even read the Notebook too(How about them Mets?).And a bigger tear jerker is I read it in county jail(just a few months).Which is pretty gangsta in a Terms Of Endearment meets Oz kind of way.So while preparing Ramen hook ups,watching soap operas with the baddest dudes around,and being bored out of my mind.I found out the book paled in comparison for once with a movie.And even though I thought the movie was pretty good(if a no homo was ever needed enter it here) it made me realize how much detail they added in the movie.Which is funny because it is usually the other way around.The characters were just empty in the book.So after reading the book I would concentrate on Rachel McAdams who played the female lead from the book.It was escapism at its best.I always thought she was a good looking chick.But after being locked up with all the time in the world to do nothing I developed a thing for her.I thought thoroughly for hours about all the great things that make her a woman.Eventually tho after the scenes I constructed in my head to kill the boredom combined with offerings of entertainment for The Sandman in exchange for sleep wore thin.But before that their were scenarios like Big Daddy Handsome(me) coming home after becoming a world champion thumb wrestler and making millions.And me going on the road with my band that consisted of myself and all different shades of women who got their inspiration from my spoon playing like the dude in the Soundgarden video.And in return they would fork the hell out of me.Then when I got home to Rachel McAdams great conversations like “You look awesome” and “No you look more awesome” would take place.Eventually though being a world renowned thumb wrestler and the Beethoven of the spoons I realized couldn’t be tied down. And their was plenty more forking for me to do and I left Rachel McAdams. I told her she was great and I used the its not you its me line and a packed my bags while Eva Mendes was waiting in the car for me.So long story somewhat short as much as I thought Rachel McAdams was awesome serving my time made me reflect on The Notebook movie more.Which led me to realize what a good job Gosling did in the movie with such a shitty character in a book.And basically what a great job he does in everything.From playing a drug addicted teacher in Half Nelson to a dude with mental issues that ends up falling in love with a blow up doll in Lars and the Real Girl.To most recent in Blue Valentine with the forever fine Michelle Williams.Hes a great actor.So when I heard he was the singer in Dead Man’s Bones it didn’t have that taboo like hearing Keanu Reeves band,The Bacon Brothers,etc cause to me hes talented and I consider him more of artist.
Back to the point of all this. Dead Man’s Bones is a really good album in my opinion.From the utilization of a childrens choir which adds even more of a haunting feeling (I envision dead creepy kids like Gage in Pet Sematary when I hear them and it adds to the creepiness) to the lyrics and tone of Goslings voice with the instrumentation.It all makes this album a great addition to a collection.Good stuff.Just make sure to buy it if you like it.
Dead Man’s Bones Featuring Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir
2. Dead Hearts
3. In The Room Where You Sleep
4. Buried In Water
5. My Body’s A Zombie For You
6. Pa Pa Power
7. Young & Tragic
8. Paper Ships
9. Lose Your Soul
10. Werewolf Heart
11. Dead Man’s Bones
12. Flowers Grow Out Of My Grave