By MESFIN FEKADU
AP Music Writer
You could easily call Friday “National Actors Releasing Albums Day”: Kevin Bacon, Scarlett Johansson and Erza Miller are among the famous faces dropping new music.
But releasing music for those well-known for their roles in movies hasn’t always been accepted or a breeze.
“It’s crazy how actors bring out some kind of hostility from a rock music crowd that rock [fans think], ‘We have our idols, and we don’t want you to try to share that.’ That kind of hero worship drives me crazy. I just find it such nonsense,” Michael Bacon, Kevin’s older brother and bandmate, said in an interview this week.
“And the other thing is you’ve been accepted as a professional musician,” Michael, 68, said looking to his brother. “It takes a while to do that.”
“It takes 25 years,” Kevin laughed.
The Bacon Brothers have been on the music scene for more than two decades, releasing their debut album, “Forosoco,” in 1997. Their latest, a self-titled 10-track set, comes out on today, the same day they’ll launch their three-month U.S. tour. (Today, Johansson will release an EP with Pete Yorn and Miller’s band, Sons of an Illustrious Father, will drop its sophomore album).
“The Bacon Brothers” was produced by G.E. Smith, the former “Saturday Night Live” music director and guitarist of Hall & Oates. It starts off with “Tom Petty T-Shirt,” written shortly after the rock icon died.
Kevin said he wrote the song based off wanting to fix a problem in marriage, relationship or friendship.
“You want to make it better. You want to step in and make everything right. Sometimes that’s a little out of your skill set, at least I find for myself when it comes to me and my relationship with my wife, or even with my relationship with my kids,” he said. “I don’t always say the right thing and do the right things exactly, to fix whatever that situation is. So it’s a little bit like, ‘Well, I don’t know if I can help, but here’s my Tom Petty T-Shirt.”’
The album doesn’t only feature the Bacon brothers: Kevin’s famous wife and daughter – actresses Kyra Sedgwick and Sosie Bacon (“13 Reasons Why”) – sing on the album.
The Philadelphia boys say because the band isn’t their first priority – Kevin has been a successful actor since his 20s and Michael is an Emmy-winning composer and teacher – they are able to flourish as a musical group.
The duo’s tour starts in Rocky Mount, Va., on today. They wrap on Aug. 11 in Glenside, Pa.
“What’s unique about our band is most bands that have been around playing for 25 years are playing off hit singles from 20 years ago. We don’t have anything. We have never had a record come off. It’s a little different dynamic,” Michael said. “When we’re playing a gig, most people have never heard any of the songs. In a funny way that gives us a little more creative freedom to go where we want the band to go rather than if we had five hits.”
“Yeah, what a drag,” Kevin, laughing, said.