Former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck appears to be forgoing the traditional methods for announcing his upcoming solo album. Instead of sending out press releases, his friends are spreading the word.
After premiering the record’s first song through collaborator Steve Wynn’s guest DJ appearance, more details have now emerged through a letter from longtime associate Scott McCaughey to Seattle Weekly.
As pointed out by Slicing Up Eyeballs, the letter notes that the Buck’s album will be self-titled and that Buck will actually be singing on the release. To help out, Buck has also enlisted guest vocalists Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), McCaughey and former R.E.M. bandmate Mike Mills. Patti Smith’s guitarist Lenny Kaye will also contribute music to the project.
The album will not initially be available for download, but instead will premiere as a vinyl-only offering from the Portland label Mississippi Records. A release date for the album is unclear.
Seattle fans should note that Peter Buck also has a new live band that will be making their debut on opening for Young Fresh Fellows at The Sunset on Sept. 21 and 22. The group, named Richard M. Nixon, features Buck, McCaughey and Bill Rieflin. For now, revisit Peter Buck’s first single from this new album, “10 Million BC.”