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Interview:
Ours' Jimmy Gnecco at Small's, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Jimmy Gnecco is one of those artists who fits in an odd space.



He is the frontman for the New Jersey rock group Ours, but Ours is Gnecco's project, with the singer and guitarist as its only constant member. So it's not unusual that Gnecco is out on his own, with one accompanist, to promote Ours' most recent album, "New Age Heroine II," part of a trilogy that began with "Ballet the Boxer I" in 2013 and will conclude later this year with "Spectacular Sight III."



Gnecco -- who's also released three solo albums and collaborated with Queen's Brian May on "Someone to Die For" from "Spider-Man 2" -- comfortably floats between being himself and lead Ours, which these days features young musicians he's been working with from one of the School of Rock franchises in New Jersey. He'll basically answer to everything, as long as he's continuing to make music...



Gnecco, 45, is currently on tour with Leeds, aka former Spacehog frontman Royston Langdon, each playing intimate, stripped-down sets. "I'm a huge fan of Royston over the years, and a few people have brought it up and said they would love to see the two of us together," he says by phone. "So in a way it was kind of meant to be." The two were also each considered to replace the late Scott Weiland in the band Velvet Revolver during the late 00s. "I remember thinking in many ways (Langdon) would've been perfect for that, better for it even than I would've been. If it came down to that, I would have advised them to go with him instead of me."



Gnecco says "New Age Heroine II" is the most difficult album in the current Ours trilogy, The songs come from a "genuinely sad" time in his life, when he was dealing with deaths and other issues. "The problem for me was I didn't want to release a really sad, heavy record. Why I started to do Ours in the first place was to create an escape for people, just transcend whatever people were struggling with -- myself as well -- and create more of an exciting atmosphere. I wasn't sure how people would accept these sad songs from me...but they're an important part of this (trilogy). For awhile I was going to release the third one before this, but we put (the album) out and people do seem to be accepting it and getting something out of it, so there's some joy in that."



The "Spectacular Sight III" album has been available for pre-order for awhile, but it's not yet finished according to Gnecco. "We have one more song left that I just finished writing. There are 17 other songs mixed and mastered already, so some of those may have to be left off. I've been holding back; There's no reason for me to rush music out. I want to make sure I have the songs that are best for the record and will help really sell the record -- not necessarily commercially, but really working for the best of the record. I don't want this to be another record that goes under the radar for us. I've worked too hard on it and believe in it so much that I want to make sure it gets as much attention as it possibly can."



Jimmy Gnecco and Leeds perform Saturday, March 2, at Small's, 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. Doors at 8 p.m. $20 advance, $22 day of show. 313-873-1117 or smallsbardetroit.com.

Web Site: www.smallsbardetroit.com

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