Thursday, April 18, 2019

First Song Released from New Movie Killan and The Comeback Kids: "Where We Should Be Today" is Folksy, Melodic and Meaningful

Taylor A. Purdee, writer/director of the soon-to-be-released film Killian and the Comeback Kids, has released a song from his upcoming movie. Killian & The Comeback Kids is a feature film that centers around  Killian (Taylor Purdee), who returns to his hometown from college, intent on touring the U.S. with his bandmate Ben (Liam Higgins). When their plan is derailed, Killian gathers former childhood friends to audition for a music festival coming to their once prosperous steel town.  The movie is filled with original folk music written by Taylor A. Purdee and Liam Higgins. You can listen to it here:

Inspired by the historic DIY spirit of folk musicians and Americana, Killian & the Comeback Kids looks at an America that industry has left behind and where the promise of higher education as the gateway to comfort was left unfulfilled. In a climate where we talk so much about representation in media Purdee, a mixed race man, feels that “diversity” still leans too often towards a politically correct tokenism, and he wanted to show a multi-ethnic and mixed race cast playing in their roles as members of the Comeback Kids band in the film without this “otherness” becoming the focus of their story. The movie is produced by Karmic Release Ltd. 
John Donchak (cast), with Liam Higgin and Taylor A. Purdee at Trailer Release Party
for Killian and the Comeback Kids
The song, which will be released everywhere April 19, 2019 is titled Where We Should be Today. The song appears in the movie. This release is a separate version performed with only male voices but which captures the essence of the melodic and meanigful original songs on the soundtrack of the movie. This released version is performed by Taylor A. Purdee and Liam Higgins (whose band together is called The Cumberland Kids) who created the full musical score for the film.

 Where We Should Be Today explores the arc of a relationship (whether romantic or otherwise is left to the listener) over the course of a lifetime. Always unfulfilled, always at the back of the narrator’s mind, Where We Should Be Today follows childhood friendships, the romance of early adulthood, infidelity, and was inspired in part by the hit and run death of a university classmate in the spring of 2016. 

Taylor and Higgins produced the full score and soundtrack for the movie. The duo takes their inspiration from artists as disparate as Josh Ritter, Glen Hansard, Howard Shore, Bob Dylan, Weird Al Yankovic, Mumford & Sons, T. Bone Burnett, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.Together Taylor and Higgins have been composing and performing music together since 2016.

The movie premieres later this year.

Killian & the Comeback Kids Movie Facts:

Written and directed by Taylor A. Purdee (This is Honduras). 
Produced by Karmic Release Ltd. (Wallowitch & Ross: This Moment * Academy Award Shortlist 1999* Baghdad ER *Emmy Award 2006*)

Named Cast: 
Nathan Purdee (One Life To Live, The Young and the Restless, The Return of Superfly)
Kassie DePaiva (One Life to Live, Days of Our Lives, Evil Dead II)
John Donchak (Son of Kerry/Son of Sam)
Shane Andries (Blue Man Group, Tomorrow Ever After.)
Shannon O'Boyle (Kinky Boots B'Way, Once B’way)
Emily Mest (Spring Awakening Nat’l Tour, American Horror Story)
Yael Elisheva (Here We Wait)
Andrew O’Shanick (The Office)
With youtube sensation Maddi Jane
And Academy Award winner Lee Grant

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