Juliette Lewis is not only a theatrical badass -- she was nominated for both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for best supporting actress in Martin Scorsese's 1991 remake of Cape Fear -- but she can sing the hell out of a song too. The actress and singer released her debut full-length record Terra Ingognita in 2009 and has since dropped two new tracks. The first, "Hello Hero," arrived in April and the second, "Any Way You Want," in early September.
"Any Way You Want" -- which Lewis describes as a '60s garage rock, hyped-up, sexual banger -- was written by Lewis, alongside members of Cage the Elephant, including guitarist Brad Schultz, who produced the track. Lewis has known Brad and the others for about a decade since they first met while touring in the U.K.
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"We reconnected after I heard their single 'Shake Me Down' on the radio and I realized that's the kind of rock n' roll sound I dig," Lewis tells Billboard. She says they got together in Nashville and wrote a total of five songs, though "Any Way You Want" came together the quickest. "[It] was the first riff [Brad] showed me and we wrote the song in about 30 minutes."
She adds, "That happens sometimes when it's all meant to be and it's sitting there in the cosmos waiting to be tapped. His guitar playing is so twisted and fresh, he is one of my favorite players today."
As for the song's lyrical content, Lewis says it's filled with sexual puns. "Usually when I'm not in a relationship and not having sex is when I write my most sexual songs," she says. "Rock 'n' roll is a timeless outlet for that kind of ferocious fun energy." She cites Iggy Pop's "I Wanna Be Your Dog," the Kinks' "All Day and All of the Night" or James Brown's "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine" as examples.
Her new track largely diverges from the more experimental pop elements heard in "Hello Hero," showing just how diverse Lewis' sound really is. While she says a new EP is on its way -- which is sure to showcase even more stylistic range -- for now, listen to "Any Way You Want" below.