It feels like every upwardly-mobile actor these days somehow finds time to be in a band. At least three of the Stranger Things kids are in bands (I don’t get it either, aren’t they all 12-year-olds?) Then there’s those actor-musician crossovers from the early-aught days of yore, that only Olds will remember: Ryan Gosling, Zooey Deschanel, Macaulay Culkin. All Actors Do Bands, it seems, though it’s no guarantee that theatrical panache translates to musical talent.
Thankfully, the latest addition I can think of to this list—Ezra Miller’s band, Sons of an Illustrious Father—is pretty good.
You may recognize Ezra Miller as the Flash from Justice League and Suicide Squad, Credence Barebone from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, or the teenage intern that Amy Schumer’s character makes out with in Trainwreck. (In my opinion, the movie’s plot really glossed over that point, but that’s another story for another day.)
After receiving an email informing me of Miller’s band, I was, at first, hesitant to investigate further—as we’ve established, being an actor doesn’t ensure you’re good at playing/writing/recording music—and also, I wasn’t a huge fan of their band name. Again: Sons of an Illustrious Father. But reader, I listened to some of their songs and I was pleasantly surprised! Sons sound like high-glam, vampy rock, something that’s comforting to listen to whether you’re stewing in a bad mood or actually just fine, hanging in there. They’re sort of aggressive, but still approachable. (Lately, I’m strongly in the camp of preferring soft-spoken sing-songwriter stuff that sounds like you’re writing songs about your crush in your bedroom, and I still enjoyed Sons’ stuff.)
Check out “Extraordinary Rendition” below and decide for yourself!