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Published on July 10th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Jimmy Gnecco On The New “Ours” Album, Life As An Independent Artist, New Jersey, Trixter & More

To most, the story of Ours starts with the group signing with Dreamworks Records after a very competitive bidding war in the early 2000s. Yet the roots of Ours go back many years earlier as Ours frontman Jimmy Gnecco was writing some of the material which Ours later recorded in the early 1990s. Ours would later sign with producer Rick Rubin and American/Columbia Records after releasing 2 albums via Dreamworks, while Gnecco’s discography also includes a collaboration Brian May of Queen for the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack, songs licensed to NCIS, CSI and the movie Zero Dark Thirty, and touring alongside the likes of Lana Del Rey, A-Ha, The Wallflowers, Blue October and The Cult.

The latest full-length album from Ours is self-titled, a follow-up to 2018’s New Age Heroine, which was the successor to 2013’s Ballet The Boxer. The long-announced final chapter of the trilogy, Ours was originally planned to be titled “Spectacular Sight” and was released on May 15, 2021. Ours comes exactly 20 years after the release of the first Ours album, Distorted Lullabies. While an original work in its own right, if you have enjoyed any other titles within the Ours discography, then the group’s newest album will definitely be up your alley. In other words, you can expected the layered productions, soaring vocal melodies and epic song structures from prior Ours studio efforts on Ours.

On July 9, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jimmy Gnecco via Zoom, as embedded below. We not only spoke about the new Ours album and the August 2021 tour dates planned in support of it — Gnecco will be joined on the road by keyboardist April Bauer, drummer Chris Iasiello, guitarist Mikey Iasiello abd bassist Carmelo Risquet — but also life during COVID-19, musical influences, his New Jersey roots and his creative process. More on Ours, tour dates included, is here, here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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