Netflix stars release new music


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Finn Wolfhard is known for portraying Mike in the Netflix original series “Stranger Things.”


For years, actors have expanded their talent by producing music and going on tour. Looking at some of the classics like Jared Leto, Will Smith and many Disney stars, we can see how talented one person can be.

In 2017, not only were we given new addictive shows like “13 Reasons Why” and the second season of “Stranger Things,” but also new music from members of the casts of these shows. 

Next month will be one year since “13 Reasons Why” was released on Netflix. The most tweeted about show in 2017 left viewers astonished at the story of protagonist Hannah Baker and the events leading up to her suicide. The story revolves around Clay Jensen, portrayed by Dylan Minnette, and his journey through each cassette tape Baker left foreshadowing her death.

Receiving lots of acknowledgment for his work on the screen, it’s time to start acknowledging Minnette’s work off the screen. Last April, the 21-year-old actor announced on Instagram that his band, Wallows, had released their first single, “Pleaser.”             

A total indie headbanger, the single quickly blew up with over 2 million streams on Spotify in a short amount of time. Since last April, the quartet has released more singles including “Uncomfortable,” “Pictures of Girls” and their newest single released last month. 

Wallows just finished up the last leg of their tour around the United States. Playing in smaller venues, the band had no trouble selling out shows in big cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. 

“I feel like I’m happy where I’m at. I feel like everything happened the way it’s supposed to,” Minnette explained in an interview with “J-14.” 

Evolving from Led Zeppelin covers at 12 years old and playing at Warped Tour in 2011, Wallows is aiming to produce a full-length album soon.

“When this season is over, I plan to go full force into [Wallows],” Minnette explains in an interview with Associated Press. He was referring to the second season of “13 Reasons Why,” which is expected to air later this year.  

Minnette is not the only actor going full force into the music industry, but rather the entire cast of “Stranger Things” is as well.

Finn Wolfhard, the Canadian actor best known for his role as Mike Wheeler in “Stranger Things,” is the frontman of his band Calpurnia.

“I realized at the last second that I need a band as well,” Wolfhard said in an interview on Beats 1. Calpurnia just released its first single on Spotify, “City Boy,” earlier this month. The single reached No. 1 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 playlist in no time at all.

Calpurnia is working on more music while Wolfhard is filming the third season of “Stranger Things.” 

Joe Keery, known as Steve Harrington on “Stranger Things,” was the frontman and guitarist for Post Animal. Post Animal is looking to release their debut album, “When I think of You In A Castle,” on April 20. The album will feature Keery, but he will not be going on tour. The 25-year-old actor is taking time off from the band to pursue his acting career.

“It comes as no surprise that our incredibly talented Joe has found success in other artistic endeavors,” said the band in a press release. With the actor’s busy schedule, Post Animal had no problem releasing their first single “Ralphie” earlier this year.

Gaten Matarazzo, also known as Dustin Henderson in Stranger Things, began his career on Broadway. The 15-year-old actor is the front man for Work In Progress. The six-piece band from New Jersey is working to put out new music, hint the name of the band.

Fighting Demogorgons all day doesn’t keep Matarazzo too busy. The band managed to play a sold-out show at Asbury Park in New Jersey last December. 

“We feel playing a bunch of different genres will benefit us when we start recording original songs,” said the band in an interview with “The Aquarian Weekly.” The band currently doesn’t have any original material out, but plays covers.