Pearl Jam's Mike McCready Forms New Supergroup with Barrett Martin and Duff McKagan
Published Mar 01, 2013While surviving Mad Season members Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) are gearing up for an extras-loaded rerelease of the band's 1995 set Above, it now turns out that the pair have been working on a new project as well. Though details are still shaping up around the as-yet-unnamed outfit, it apparently also includes former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan.
McCready explained the genesis of the band in an interview with Billboard, noting that the newly formed group have been writing together and have plans to release new material through the guitarist's own Hockeytalkter Records.
"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 said.
The group are aiming to have a number of vocalists participate in the project, with McCready explaining that he's already reached out to Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman as a possible collaborator.
This isn't the first time the three have worked on material together, as McCready added guitar solos to McKagan and Martin's other band Walking Papers' self-titled 2012 LP.
As for that expanded edition of Above, it arrives April 2 as a double-CD and DVD package. It includes the original 10-song album and five bonus cuts on the first CD, the second disc has a concert album called Live at the Moore, and the DVD features footage from the same show. A vinyl version of Above drops on Record Store Day (April 20). You can read more about the reissue here.