Juliette Lewis is set to front a new supergroup of musicians including Brent Hinds of Mastodon, Pete Griffin of Deathklok and Thomas Pidgen of the Mars Volta.
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra is the brainchild of The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Ben Weinman, who recently spoke to SiriusXM about the project:
“It’s something we’ve been working on for a long time. We finished all the music and we’re finalising the vocals now.
“Juliette is singing, along with some other guest people. Me and her have become pretty close friends.”
Weinman did admit to being sceptical about Lewis’ involvement however, despite having been fronting her own band, Juliette Lewis & The Licks, for some time:
“I was like, ‘Oh, another acts that has a vanity project,’” he says, before revealing that a live performance changed his mind.
“I saw this person putting all her energy and spirit into music. I thought this was almost more real than most bands – because she doesn’t need this.
“She doesn’t need to be playing in front of 500 people in this shitty club. She’s a successful actress. She did a nine-minute scene with Robert DeNiro, and here she is by choice in a grungy club with a dirty toilet.”
Weinman hopes to release Giraffe Tongue Orchestra’s debut album later this year.