Rat Pack-inspired big band The Swing Set with Alex Cook recently produced a cover of Jace Everett’s ”Bad Things,” the theme song for the HBO vampire drama True Blood. The single will be released in a joint effort with Washington, D.C.’s Molotov Theatre Group, a Grand Guignol style acting troupe. People who download “Bad Things” through the Molotov Theatre Group website. The track can also be purchased through iTunes and Google Play.
True Blood fans, as well as horror, music and Rat Pack aficianados who download “Bad Things” through the Molotov Theatre Group Web site are eligible to receive a special discounted rate on season passes for the Molotov Theatre Group 2013/2014 season.
Everyone who purchases “Bad Things” through Molotov also will be eligible for a drawing to win two free season passes for the Molotov Theatre Group’s 2013/2014 season. (The season’s shows are all plays that have been turned into movies: “Extremities,” “Normal,” and “Killer Joe.”)
“Bad Things” will be featured on The Swing Set’s debut album, Casino Music, released on New York City independent label, Young Pals Music.
“Bad Things” can be streamed below:
About The Swing Set with Alex Cook
America is having a renewed love affair with the 1960s. From hit television shows to fashion, the swinging days of The Rat Pack are back, and as big as ever.
From its home base of Washington, DC, The Swing Set with Alex Cook has captured the sexy sound of the ‘60s. The nine-piece jazz big band’s music is, in a word, cool – like a nightclub show at the Sands, a ‘66 Mustang convertible, a breeze on a hot city night, or a vodka martini at your own private table.
The Swing Set with Alex Cook is the inspiration of actor and singer Alex Zavistovich, a musician-turned-actor-turned-musician who has performed on TV, film and stage. Bringing the concept to life was a collaboration with two of DC’s fastest rising and most respected jazz musicians. Music Director Brad Linde and Arranger Amy Bormet of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra provide the creative backbone for The Swing Set with Alex Cook’s authentic 1960s sound.
The band of musicians assembled by Linde gave arranger Bormet the chance for some adventurous and playful writing. Says Bormet, a jazz pianist and graduate of the prestigious Howard University music program, “One of my favorites from the first recording was George Michael’s “Faith” as a Second Line (New Orleans Style) groove. The improvisation from (trumpet player) Brad Clements and (trombone player) Jen Krupa was stylistically dead on, transforming the song into a truly convincing arrangement.”
“This isn’t an ironic wink or a hipster nod to the music of those days; we’re strictly legit,” says Zavistovich, who sings under his Screen Actors Guild name of Cook. “We approach our song selection the same way performers of the time did – we find the swing groove in classic songs as well as the pop music of the day. We haven’t arranged any show tunes yet, but that’s on the horizon, too.”
It’s all in the game for the founders of The Swing Set with Alex Cook, who note that the band name itself is an indication of their approach to the music.
“This isn’t a band backing up a vocalist; it’s a band with a singer,” says Zavistovich. “The Swing Set captures the same group feel as The Rat Pack, while staying fresh on its own. The interplay among the musicians, and the freewheeling style on stage, are all part of what made music in the 1960 so much fun. It wouldn’t make sense to do it any other way.”
Break out your tux and your little black dress. There’s a new Swing Set on the playground, and you’re in for one cool, cool ride.
About The Molotov Theatre Group
Founded in 2007, the 501(c)3 non-profit Molotov Theatre Group is horror and suspense related theatre company particularly dedicated to education, preservation and exploration in the aesthetic of the Grand Guignol, or French Theater of Horror.
Molotov Theatre Group applies the Grand Guignol ideals to contemporary and classic works. The company also produces English translations of original Grand Guignol scripts to preserve and draw attention to this important, and essentially forgotten genre.