Pearl Jam Guitarist Starting Supergroup With Duff McKagan
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.01.2013
And former Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin...
Billboard reports that Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready is working with former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and former Screaming Trees drummer (and fellow Mad Season member) Barrett Martin for a new side project that will feature singers like Killing Joke's Jaz Coleman.
McCready said: "Duff and Barrett and I got together. We wrote some new stuff and we took some of those old Mad Season demos from that [unreleased] second 'Disinformation' record, so we are trying to find something to do with those. We're talking to Jaz from Killing Joke and I've been trying to find some singers to work on some of that stuff."
McCready is currently preparing the expanded reissue of Mad Season's 1995 album Above, which will be released in April and feature new songs from that era. He will also go back to the studio soon to work on Pearl Jam's next album. He said he hopes to release songs from the new, unnamed band on his own label.
He added: "I have a little record company called Hockeytalkter Records -- it's what my three year old son calls a helicopter. I would like to put some of this stuff out on 45. If that happens, it'll be great."
The project follows McCready's involvement with McKagan and Martin's other band Walkng Papers. He worked on two songs for their self-titled 2012 album.
Martin said: "A bunch of stuff was happening last year. Mike and I were putting together this Mad Season collection. Duff and I and Jeff Angell were starting the Walking Papers album which we asked Mike to play on. Then Mike started his own record label… I had a whole bunch of song ideas and Mike had a whole bunch of song ideas and Duff had a whole bunch of song ideas that were not making it into Walking Papers. We decided that we would go into the studio and record them. Right now they're being sent out to different singers. Mike and Duff are overseeing that because they know everybody."
A release date for the material hasn't been set. Martin says it will depend on the list of singers. He said: "As the different singers finish their songs and turn them in, that will determine when they get put out."