Ours (band)

Last updated on 16 March 2017

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



Harmony Bandits and Sour

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Gnecco in November 2014.

Since their creation in 1990, the line-up has evolved many times, but Gnecco has always felt that having a rotating group of musicians who could play off each other was important. In high school, Gnecco was in the band Lost Child and later, The Harmony Bandits, which eventually evolved into what is now Ours. In 1994, Ours released their first album titled Sour under their own label entitled "Beatnik Records" owned by Mike Marri. Afterward, the band dissolved and did not reform again for several years.

Distorted Lullabies and Precious

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.

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

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.

The Heart

In 2010, Gnecco released his self-produced first solo acoustic effort, The Heart, and followed it in 2011 with the release of The Heart: X Edition, 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.

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