Shudder To Think proved that life really does imitate art on Monday night, when the band, flanked by guests, performed the bulk of a new soundtrack it composed during a concert at New York City's Bowery Ballroom.
Directed by Jesse Peretz, "First Love, Last Rites" features music Shudder To Think specifically composed for the film, and includes a host of guest vocalists, ranging from Billy Corgan and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander to Liz Phair and Cardigans' vocalist Nina Persson (see "Shudder To Think Team With Corgan, Buckley, Phair For Soundtrack").
Despite the absence of such notables as Billy Corgan and X's John Doe, many of the album's performers were on hand to reprise their vocal roles. One of the concert's most pleasant surprises, however, did come from a stand-in musician -- as Trey Lorenz, a back-up singer for a noted pop diva, stood in for the late Jeff Buckley on "I Want Someone Badly."
Shortly before the
show, MTV News talked with Shudder To Think about the soulful Lorenz, whom guitarist Nathan Larson has already collaborated with on material for the soulful crooner's debut album.
"Nathan just finished writing and recording some music with this stunning R&B singer named Trey Lorenz," said Shudder frontman Craig Werden, "who has been back-up singer for Mariah Carey for a couple of years, and he's gonna be doing [the Jeff Buckley song] justice." [540k QuickTime]
The "First Love Last Rites" film arrives in theaters on August 6, while the Shudder To Think soundtrack will be released on August 25.