I have written about this band with ties to Phoenix before, so I wanted to share some big news! New Americana Band, The Flutterbies, lead by Maureen “Mo” Davis, have two songs in the new movie (getting a ton of Oscar buzz), The Descendants, starring George Clooney.
I was wondering how on earth Mo was able to get her songs into such a big movie; here is what she had to say:
“I have been sending music to music supervisor, Dondi Bastone for several years now. He has followed my career as I developed as a songwriter and placed hundreds of backing tracks on shows like E! True Hollywood Story, My Name is Earl, Dexter, House and Entertainment Tonight. Yet, the lyrical songs from my Alternative Rock, sort of singer/songwriter life were not right for his projects. Dondi heard my song “Hummingbird Heart” and immediately put it on his iPod, saying ‘I love this song – I will find a place for it in a movie’. Then, Producer/Director Alexander Payne (Election, About Schmidt, and Sideways) asked him to work on The Descendants and the lyrics to “Hummingbird Heart” fit one particular scene perfectly.”
“Hummingbird Heart,” a lilting, guitar driven song that is so beautiful, is a brilliant piece and it’s no wonder it was picked for this film.
“Dondi matched the song to the dialogue quite poetically and we are thrilled that it and the country waltz, “Faith in Rain” have been so elegantly coupled with George Clooney’s acting. It’s subtle and very effective.”
And to answer the next natural question, No, neither Maureen nor any of the band appear in the film.
The band’s sound has been described as “… as Bonnie Raitt on a blind date with Beck while being served a shot of Southern Comfort by Janis Joplin in a Louisiana juke joint…”
When asked about the Flutterbies inspiration, Mo, laughing, searches for the words to describe the bands influence and unique sound, “Heartache and sex…” Sounds like a winning combo to me!
The Descendants is about the patriarch (Clooney) of a Hawaiian family, forced to raise two daughters himself after his wife is critically injured. The film’s soundtrack not only supports the emotion of the story, but also reflects how life in Hawaii colors it. Soundtrack-movie.com notes that The Descendants “…is the first mainstream American movie scored exclusively with Hawaiian music…,” with the exception of the two tunes from The Flutterbies.
“Hummingbird Heart” and “Faith In Rain” are co-written by Maureen Davis and Powerpop luminary Adam Daniel from The Flutterbies EP, The Flutterbies Featuring Maureen Davis. Use the links to hear acoustic versions of the songs.
The EP, produced by acclaimed guitarist Bart Ryan, and engineered by Grammy-winner Seth Atkins Horan also features guest vocalist Molly Pasutti (Kenny Loggins, Keiko Matsui, Luther Vandross), drummer Christopher Allis, bassist Steve Whalen and keyboardist Jamieson Trotter.
“Hummingbird Heart” has been featured in-auditorium before film screenings at Laemmle and Angelika theatres nationwide. The song was on Lufthansa In-Flight Radio worldwide and served as the theme for GetToKnowUsFirst.org, a campaign to reverse California’s Proposition 8.
The band’s first acoustic single, “Come Alive,” was recently featured on the irreverent hit Adult Swim/Cartoon Network show Children’s Hospital, starring Rob Corddry and Henry Winkler.
For more information about The Flutterbies visit www.theflutterbies.com and to contact their Manager Keith C. Anderson email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.