Wallflowers set beat for ‘Guardian’

Group's music was 'emotionally influencing' to skein creator

“The Guardian” will be rockin’ to a new beat this fall — literally.

Creator/exec producer David Hollander has snagged Grammy-winners the Wallflowers, led by Jakob Dylan, to record a new theme song for his CBS sophomore drama. Dubbed “The Empire in My Mind,” the song is a wistful midtempo tune that will be shortened to about 45 seconds as part of a new main title sequence (designed by Frances Schifrin).

Hollander said landing Dylan was a remarkably simple process: He just asked.

“I wrote a fan letter to Jakob (and the Wallflowers) basically asking if they had any interest in writing a new theme song, and remarkably, they did,” Hollander told Daily Variety.

Hollander said he listened to a lot of Wallflowers tunes when he was writing the pilot for “The Guardian” a couple years back. “Their music was part of the fabric of what was emotionally influencing me as I wrote the pilot,” he said.

After Dylan agreed to pen the tune, he watched a number of episodes to help him craft the song, which describes a man with “trouble in my mind” who sees “dark and light.” Tune was inspired by the show’s conflicted title character, played by Simon Baker.

“It’s very much Jakob’s interpretation of our main character’s emotional state,” Hollander said. “I was pretty blown away when I heard it.”

While the Wallflowers will release their third Interscope Records CD — “Red Letter Days” — in November, “Empire of My Mind” will not be on the disc. Dylan could choose to release the song at a later date.

The Wallflowers’ CBS presence this fall won’t be limited to “The Guardian,” however.

Band has already filmed a cameo appearance on the Eye’s megahit “CSI” that’s set to air early next month. They’ll be seen performing a track from “Red Letter Days.”

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