Everyone knows Jared Leto is the frontman for Thirty Seconds to Mars. But did you know that Ryan Gosling sings in his own band? Or that Mike from Stranger Things just got signed? Here are four actors who make surprisingly good music on the side.
1. Finn Wolfhard – Calpurnia
Starring in Stranger Things and It by the age of 14 is already impressive. But Finn Wolfhard couldn’t settle for impressive. Wolfhard is the lead singer for indie band Calpurnia, who were recently signed to Toronto’s Royal Mountain Records. Watch the group cover Twin Peaks’ “Wanted You” below.
2. Ryan Gosling – Dead Man’s Bones
Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields form the experimental duo Dead Man’s Bones. The pair released a self-titled album in 2009, on their own record label Werewolf Heart. The album is strange, mildly spooky, and features quite a lot of children’s choirs.
Listen to “Dead Man’s Bones” here.
3. Ezra Miller – Sons of an Illustrious Father
Ezra Miller, Lilah Larson, and Josh Aubin together make up the group Sons of an Illustrious Father. Their quirky, searching indie sound is amorphous and nebulous, with the band describing it as “heavy meadow.” Each member shares singing responsibilites equally, resulting in a range of tones and emotions throughout.
Listen to their latest album “Revol” here.
4. Juliette Lewis – Juliette & The Licks
Beginning in 2004, Juliette Lewis took a hiatus from acting in order to pursue musical endeavors exclusively. At the time, this meant focusing on her band Juliette & The Licks, who released hit singles such as “Hot Kiss” and “You’re Speaking My Language.” The band is currently broken up, and Lewis released a solo EP “Future Deep” in 2016.
Listen to “Future Deep” here.