Duff McKagan, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Team Up in New Band
Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Duff McKagan, formerly of Guns N' Roses and currently in Velvet Revolver and Loaded, are joining forces, along with ex-Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin. The latter musician was actually the conduit, since he was in the grunge band Mad Season with McCready and is in Walking Papers with McKagan, a group to which McCready contributed some material.
They are auditioning singers and may very well have a cast of them in the project. Killing Joke's Jaz Coleman may even participate in the as-yet unnamed group. McCready, McKagan and Barrett wrote new stuff together, and they also siphoned from shelved Mad Season material.
"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," McCready told Billboard. "We're talking to Jaz from Killing Joke and I've been trying to find some singers to work on some of that stuff."
The supergroup's songs will be released McCready's Hockeytalkter Records. "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."
A release date is TBD, since they don't have a singer. Or singers.
Martin chimed in about the project, saying, "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."
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