For months, former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck has been silent about his upcoming solo debut, but he’s finally opening up about the project, confirming it’s planned as a vinyl-only release and that he’ll sing eight of the album’s 12 tracks, with longtime sideman Scott McCaughey and Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney picking up the rest.
In a new interview with Paste magazine, Buck says the entire album was recorded in four-and-a-half days, but that he hopes to “get it down to two days” in the future. The record will be released sometimes later this year by vinyl-only imprint Mississippi Records.
Buck says: “If I had wanted to make it a CD, the CD would’ve been out three months ago, but vinyl is what I want to do for right now. It’s a record — like all records, people will have to look for it, I guess. It’s not gonna be in Walmart. We’ll see about the digital. I’m sure it’ll be out before, say, Thanksgiving. I say that with hope.”
When it comes to performing live, Buck notes: “It’s not really my job to be a frontman. I’m not gonna be doing hour-long sets or anything like that, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you heard some songs from my next — this new thing that I did.”
Head over to Paste for more, including the lineup for Buck’s Todos Santos Music Festival.
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