Nine Lives and The New Fashioned share three of the same members, and both have featured songs on “Holiday Wishes 3: If You Believe.”
The two tracks have similar themes as well — spending the holidays with the people you wish to the most, said Jake Pilewski, lead vocalist for Nine Lives and the lead vocalist, songwriter and producer for The New Fashioned.
“We kind of made that connection recently,” Pilewski said. “I don’t know if it’s on purpose or subconsciously, but we all laughed about it.”
The first disc of the two-disc CD benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation features Nine Lives’ rendition of “Please Come Home For Christmas.” The second disc begins with “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by The New Fashioned.
Pilewski said every member of the bands has someone they wish they could spend the holidays with, be it someone who has died, lives far away or is fighting overseas.
“We can all relate to that,” he said. “You don’t start realizing how unimportant the commercialization of Christmas is until you spend it without the people you love. I think it’s great to have all these artists on an album, donating their time.”
Nine Lives has been together for four years while The New Fashioned is a new project. Pilewski said the bands were excited to participate with the CD because of the cause it supports.
“Make-A-Wish is, even on a national level, something that I’ve always been a fan of,” he said.
Pilewski produced The New Fashioned track. Nine Lives recorded its contribution at Firefly Studios with producer Brett Dennison, whom they met and collaborated with for a track on this summer’s American Red Cross benefit CD “Red, White & You.”
“Now that I’ve produced and recorded a lot of stuff with The New Fashioned myself, I give Brett a lot of credit,” Pilewski said. “I knew production was a heavy thing to take on. … It was like learning how to play an instrument all over again. It’s a whole different art form.”