When the band One Ring Zero records in their home studio on 11th Street, they have to stop and close the windows every time an ice cream trucks rolls by. One day that all-too-familiar ditty inspired band member Michael Hearst—who prefers homemade gelato at Colson Patisserie but always ran after the Good Humor truck as a kid—past the point of annoyance and into action. “What if ice cream truck songs were actually pleasant to listen to?” he wondered. His resulting solo project, Songs for Ice Cream Trucks—featuring tracks with names like “Sprinkle, Twinkle,” “Tones for Cones,” and “Where Do Ice Cream Trucks Go in the Winter?”—exudes a circus quality thanks to the glockenspiel and other instruments with high tones that carry well outside. The tunes are decidedly not annoying—more like lullabies—which is why independent ice cream truck drivers from across the country started requesting copies of the album.
Hearst’s stomach continues to inspire his art: One Ring Zero is now at work on The Recipe Project, a compilation of songs inspired by recipes from celebrity chefs. “I’m fascinated by this whole phenomenon of chefs being treated like rock stars,” says Hearst. “I figured why not really make them rock stars?” You can hear “Butcher’s Treat,” essentially a reading of a brains-and-eggs recipe set to music, at a March blog entry on OffalGood.com.
Michael Hearst created ice cream truck songs that are not annoying.