Tim Robbins has said now is finally the right time for the world to hear his music.
The Oscar-winning star of The Shawshank Redemption decided to unleash his album, Tim Robbins And The Rogues Gallery Band, at the ripe age of 51, because he can finally give it his full focus.
"It just never felt right to release anything before, plus I was really busy acting, directing, writing, keeping the theatre company going, raising a family - there just wasn't time. It would have been one thing too much," he said.
"There was also a film I was in pre-production on, and it just fell apart when the backers pulled out. That was a very frustrating time, but I learned from my grandfather that if you get knocked down, you get back up and build a cabinet or something. Put your effort into something else."
He continued: "There's no time to wallow, you've got to keep the wagon moving. So when the film fell apart, the first thing I did was go back to New York, get to the studio and do something that I'd wanted to do for a while, which was to record songs that I'd written."
:: Tim Robbins And The Rogues Gallery Band release their self-titled album on September 27. They play Dublin on September 26 and begin a UK tour the day after in Belfast.