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James Franco's band Daddy signs with Kobalt

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James Franco’s resume is already impressively long: acclaimed actor, Oscar host, Seth Rogen foil, film director, published poet, eternal college student. That apparently isn’t enough, however, as he’s just added another one: label-signed rock musician. Daddy, the rock band Franco headlines with multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Keefe, just signed to Kobalt for their upcoming album, Let Me Get What I Want.

“We are really excited to partner with Kobalt on our upcoming Daddy album and film,” the band told Billboard. “Kobalt has the right forward-thinking approach to work with a project as unique as ours, where we see our work not only existing within the music realm, but extending into the film, art space and beyond on an independent basis.”

As the album title suggests, Daddy is heavily influenced by The Smiths. In fact, they even recruited former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke to play on the album, and one previously-released track is titled “This Charming Man.” It’s not quite a cover of the original Smiths song, but rather an adaptation of a poem Franco wrote based on the song. Franco’s book of poetry, Directing Herbert White, has two sections dedicated to poems inspired by The Smiths’ greatest hits. Each poem is named after a song.

Each track on Let Me Get What I Want will reportedly be accompanied by a music video. As with Beyonce or FKA Twigs’ recent mixtape, the videos can be watched individually or in sequence as a film. Let Me Get What I Want is due out in 2016.  

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