Age is nothing but a number. Nobody attests to that more than Todd Morse. The Los Angeles-based singer and guitarist has spent two decades performing in bands such as H2O, Juliette and the Licks and as a touring musician for The Offspring. But over the course of 20 plus years he never released his own record. “I know so many incredible musicians who work all the time but haven’t made their own records yet,” he explained. Now in his early 50s, Morse is poised to make his own solo material a reality. His debut album, appropriately titled Late Bloomer, is a testament to age being mind over matter. “I’m hoping to inspire those of all ages who think it’s too early or too late to follow their passion.”
Late Bloomer is an album Morse had envisioned years ago – but let his inner slacker get the best of him. “I wasted too much time on the party aspect of it all, and honing my skills was secondary,” he recalls. Beginning his career in the early 90s in New York City, Morse played alongside his brother in the punk rock band H2O for 18 years. He helped spearhead the group Juliette and the Licks with actress/singer Juliette Lewis, and co-founded the garage punk project The Operation M.D. with members of Sum 41. Credentials aside, Morse says his formative days were fueled by partying like a rock star without responsibilities. “I’m married with a daughter now. I’m centered and focused.”
His full-length debut record is about the clash between that inner kid and his wiser self. It harks back to his childhood influences – The Clash, Tom Petty and The Rolling Stones – and fuses it with the vocal and guitar skills he’s refined over two decades. The lead single “Big Time Waster” delves into the emotional depths of his youthful experiences, while showcasing the evolution of his songwriting.
“I”m at the height of my musical confidence at age 51,” he said. “It’s okay to be a late bloomer. Better late than never.”
‘Late Bloomer’ is due out January 21, 2019 ! Todd Morse is currently at work on additional material.