Mike Green promises that No One’s Gonna Love You Like I Do on the new single and video from his Living Room Session EP — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The new disc’s first release, the mellow number — recorded with longtime friend and guitarist Tim Palmieri (Lotus, Kung Fu) — tells the story of a guy who knows he’s not the girl’s type, but he’s going to pursue her anyway and give it all he’s got. The rhythm is steady and, at times, passionately emphatic — and Palmieri adds some deft fingerpicking and beautiful wailing notes that fit perfectly.
It’s not surprise they work so well together. Green and Palmieri grew up on the same Connecticut street, and Palmieri had always been one of Green’s guitar heroes. “We’ve known each other so long we’re essentially brothers,” Green said. They had collaborated together on a few occasions, but usually they were both seeing family and couldn’t find the time to play seriously together and record. This time was different.
“This felt emotional because it was filmed in my childhood home, with my family who I was visiting, on the other side of the camera, watching from across the room,” Green said. “Anyone in this room at the time of this recording is someone I have not seen in almost two years due to the pandemic. It’s been just as long since I’ve had someone performing by my side.”
Ironically, the first time Palmieri ever heard Green perform was in that same room — with an eight-year-old Green singing Rocky Raccoon. “We have both grown so much individually as performers, musicians and travelers, to come full circle and be reunited for this performance really aligned us with our roots again,” Green said. They recorded these songs back to back in one take, without rehearsing. “I wanted to keep these songs simple and stripped down. There aren’t any effects or glamour. Two guitars, two hearts.”
No One’s Gonna Love You Like I Do originally appeared on Green’s self-produced debut album Restart, and the original was a bit cheerier. “It was fun to try out a more chill version of it,” Green said. The singer-guitarist a sought-after L.A. session player and singer, and has performed with renowned artists such as Mick Jagger, Wyclef Jean, Maroon 5 and Jamie Cullum.