Franco and friend Tim O’Keeffe formed a band called Daddy in 2012, and their latest album is an ode to the Smiths—featuring one of the Smiths: Andy Rourke, who plays bass on the entire record.
Daddy previewed one of their new songs, “This Charming Man,” on Vice with a video that includes overlapping shots and super-saturated photography. The song itself is successful in sounding very reminiscent of the Smiths, complete with moody vocals and slightly distorted production.
Although the upcoming album, Let Me Get What I Want, is obviously Smiths-inspired (ever heard of “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want“?), Franco told Vice that, more specifically, it’s based off Franco’s own book of poetry, Directing Herbert White: Poems. And each track will eventually get its own video, with those videos eventually adding up to one cohesive film—very complicated, very James Franco.