DMB - Background
In 2005, as we all know by now, Ryas was having a great love story with Rachel McAdams and in that period he met Zach Shields (who was in love with Rachel' sister Katherine).
The guys found out the mutual love for ghosts and spooky stuff and decided to write love stories about ghosts and monsters and to make a movie about this. But then they realized a movie should have been too much expensive for them so they've decided to make songs instead.
The pair chose to play all the instruments on the record, even those they had never touched before. They also imposed rules on themselves during the recording process, such as not playing with a click track, and trying to do no more than three takes on any song, letting any imperfections highlight the strengths of the music.
On December 25 (we're in 2008) Dead Man's Bones released a music video and free download for their song "In The Room Where You Sleep and on April 4 (2009), the band released another music video for their song "Name in Stone" on MySpace and YouTube.
The self-titled debut album from the band featured members of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music's children's choir and was released on October 6, 2009 through ANTI-Records and was produced by Tim Anderson of Ima Robot.
Ryan and Zach also toured around North America for fall/Halloween 2009 with local choirs and talent show at every show to rave reviews.
Each children's choir was similar to Silverlake Conservatory Children's Choir with whom they recorded the album. In 2010, they released two other music videos for tracks: "Dead Hearts" and "Pa Pa Power".
A little curiosity about their debut album: at the beginning was named “Never Let a Lack of Talent Get You Down” and then it was renamed after the band.
At the time this article is posted, there are rumors (not so untrue if not I wouldn't have posted) about a new album from the band that should be in the Soundtrack of Ryan's How to Catch a Monster. The album should be titled Witch Stories.
As I'm always searching for new stuff about Ryan and his project, I've found out a bunch of unreleased songs: click on the links below for listening to the songs, watching the video and having infos about.
Video - lyrics - infos about the songs in their first album.
Unreleased songs played live during the Tour in North America