Toronto rock band Desperate Union has worked with a number of producers and video directors who’ve won or been nominated for several Grammy and Juno Awards and have been involved with albums that have combined to sell millions of copies worldwide. That’s not bad for a group where the two principal members just graduated from high school in June 2010.
“We’re now out of school so we have more time to focus on songwriting and our instruments,” says 18-year-old lead singer and main lyricist Alen Worsoff. “We’re able to dedicate a lot more time to the music, which is useful in every way. When you’re focused, things happen a lot faster.”
Desperate Union’s other founding member is 18-year-old guitarist Adam Spears. The band has rotated through a few rhythm sections, with drummer Jason Pierce and bassist Kyle Teixeira being the latest hired on to fill the role.
Desperate Union's dynamic hard rock music is full of commercial potential. Lead single "Black And White Lies" was recorded at Chicago’s Groovemaster Recording Studios with Johnny K, whose production credits include Disturbed, Finger Eleven, Drowning Pool and Machine Head. He was nominated for a 2009 Grammy for his work with Plain White T's, Staind and 3 Doors Down. .
“Don’t Forget Me” was co-written by Worsoff and Dave Bassett, whose credits include songs recorded by Shinedown, Meatloaf, Josh Groban, Sevendust, Lisa Loeb, Brian Setzer, Serena Ryder, Brooke Fraser, Kim Richey, Howard Jones and Billy Gilman, among many others. Bassett also produced the single at his Malibu, Calif. home studio.
“He’s unbelievable as a producer and it was a lot of fun working with him and getting his ideas,” capabilities and live performance abilities. What we really need right now is a marketing push. Once we get that, I think we’ll be fine.”