Ours (band)

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Background information
Origin New Jersey, United States
Genres Alternative rock,[1] post-grunge,[2] progressive rock
Years active 1992-present
Labels unsigned
Website http://www.ours.net

OURS is an American-based rock band led by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Gnecco.


Jimmy Gnecco born September 30, 1973 is a singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist who makes music both under his name and the moniker "Ours". Gnecco began making music in 1988. He would play under a few different names Lost Child, and Harmony Bandits before coming up with the name Ours. He signed to Dreamworks Records in 1997 and would make two records under this label before the they would eventually fold. In 2004 Gnecco collaborated with Brian May of Queen to record a song for the Spiderman 2 Soundtrack. He then went on to make Ours' third record 'Mercy' with legendary record producer Rick Rubin under the American/Columbia label. Gnecco would grow tired of the major label way of doing things and asked Rubin to be released which he was. His first solo record was a collection of mostly acoustic songs called The Heart. Ours released their fourth record 'Ballet the Boxer I' on their own label Cage Recording Co.

Ours have toured with acts such as The Cult, A-Ha, Powderfinger, The Wallflowers, Marilyn Manson, Blue October and Filter. Gnecco himself has toured the world with Lana Del Rey, as well as many others.

Distorted Lullabies and Precious[edit]

In 1997, Gnecco restarted Ours again and quickly drew industry attention. Ours signed with DreamWorks Records and after four years, released their first major label album Distorted Lullabies in 2001. Produced by Steve Lillywhite of U2 fame, the album received mixed reviews but led to successful tours with acts such as Ocean Colour Scene, Pete Yorn, and The Cult. The track "Sometimes" peaked at #31 on the US Billboard Modern Rock charts that year, while the music video saw moderate airtime on MTV.[3]

Precious followed quickly in 2002. Precious featured a more stripped-down sound and received much more positive reviews and a slot opening for The Wallflowers.

Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy[edit]

In 2004, Ours relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to work with Rick Rubin. The resulting album, Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy was released on April 15, 2008.[4]

The Heart[edit]

In 2010, Gnecco released his self-produced first solo acoustic effort, The Heart,[5] and followed it in 2011 with the release of The Heart: X Edition,[6][7] in which Gnecco built upon the intimacy of his solo album with a lush full band version of the record.

Ours and Gnecco have received worldwide acclaim from critics and fans for their live shows and for Gnecco's dynamic voice and songwriting style, and both have developed a cult-like following that continues to grow.[8]

Band Members[edit]