Les Bohem’s career in music seemed to have reached its pinnacle back in the 80s when his band, the Gleaming Spires, scored a radio hit with their single ‘Are you Ready For The Sex Girls’. The flame of the new wave band was short-lived though, four years after it was formed, it flickered out. But Les still had a gig as a bassist for pop band Sparks to hold on to. It wasn’t long before the L.A. native read the writing on the wall and gave up his rock star dreams before they had a chance to fully materialize.
Still keen to release the creative juices flowing in him, Bohem rebirthed himself as a screenwriter, a skill passed on to him by his late father. Though his first efforts flew under the radar, he finally experienced success with ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5’ and ‘The Horror Show’ among other productions. Another one of the movies he wrote, ‘Twenty Bucks’ ended up earning rave reviews and scooping up numerous awards, including the prestigious Independent Spirit Award. Les soon extended his success to the small screen where he won an Emmy for ‘Taken’, a show he wrote and executive-produced with the legendary Steven Spielberg.
Currently, Les is working on the first season of ‘Shut Eye’, which is set to premier on Hulu this December. Which is not to say he’s been drawing blanks musically all these years; Les has composed songs for the likes of Randy Travis and Misty Martinez in the recent past. He has also just finished recording his first ever solo album; remarkable for someone who’s been in the industry for so long. But there’s a time for everything, so they say. And perhaps to make up for lost time, ‘Moved to Duarte’ contains 22 songs pressed into two discs, which will be availed to the public on December 9.
The songs feel like Les thinking out loud, reflecting on the paths he’s taken since his youth, casting a wry eye over the decisions he’s made, good and bad. Even the instruments, expertly manipulated as they are, sound jaded and resigned to their fate. This is exactly how songs like ‘The Moral Premise’, the title track and ‘Bruce Springsteen Dyes His Hair’ sound. The latter is the album’s first single, our first glimpse into the tired, weather-beaten world Bohem is preparing to welcome us into. It is a helpless observation of the unfairness and pointlessness of life; the kind of song your grumpy old neighbor who no one ever visits would sit down and write. The deft musicianship that reverberates through the banjo, guitar and Bohem’s quiet tenor, however, can’t be ascribed to any old geezer.
Enjoy Les’s folksy lament below and pre-order ‘Moved To Duarte’.
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