PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready and ex-GUNS N' ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER bass player Duff McKagan are working with WALKING PAPERS, a new Seattle band launched by former SCREAMING TREES drummer Barrett Martin and longtime Seattle musician Jeff Angell. McKagan plays bass on the band's entire debut disc, while McCready contributes lead guitar solos. Mixed by Jack Endino, the record is due out on October 16 via Boredom Killing Business/Sunyata Records and the first single, "Your Secret's Safe With Me", is streaming at the band's Facebook page.
"Walking Papers" track listing:
01. Already Dead
02. The Whole World's Watching
03. Your Secret's Safe With Me
04. Red Envelopes
05. Leave Me In The Dark
06. The Butcher
07. Two Tickets And A Room
08. I'll Stick Around
09. Capital T
10. A Place Like This
11. Independence Day
Commented Martin: "WALKING PAPERS is excited to play our first international dates in the U.K. Two of us, myself and Duff McKagan, have debuted our first bands in London: Duff with GUNS N' ROSES, myself with both SKIN YARD and SCREAMING TREES.
"The British people understand rock and roll like no other country in the world, which is why fellow Seattleites Jimi Hendrix went there, why MUDHONEY went there, and why WALKING PAPERS is going there as well.
"Jeff Angell, our singer and guitarist, is a natural storyteller, and Ben Anderson plays keyboards like a classic soul man session player. With Duff and I as the rhythm section, let's just say we are the seasoned veterans. We play old-school, gritty, bluesy American rock and roll, and as a quartet, that's as real as it gets."
WALKING PAPERS tour dates:
Sep. 29 - Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheater
Sep. 30 - Portland, OR - Dante's
Oct. 05 - Seattle, WA - The Barboza (CD Release Party)
Oct. 19 - Little Rock, AR - Reno's
Oct. 20 - Little Rock, AR - Stickyz (CeDell Davis Tribute)
Nov. 06 - Rugby/Birmingham, UK - The Vault
Nov. 07 - Manchester, UK - The Ruby Lounge
Nov. 09 - Brighton/Southampton, UK - [to be announced]
Nov. 10 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino
Nov. 11 - London, UK - The 100 Club
Dec. 06 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
Dec. 07 - Los Angeles, CA - The Viper Room
Dec. 09 - San Francisco, CA - [to be announced]
Dec. 14 - Portland, OR - Dante's
Dec. 15 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile Cafe
Martin and McCready previously played together in MAD SEASON, alongside late ALICE IN CHAINS singer Layne Staley. The band is currently being reactivated with new vocals being recorded over tracks originally laid down for an abandoned second MAD SEASON album.
McKagan was born and raised in Seattle and played in a punk band there called 10 MINUTE WARNING before migrating to Los Angeles and joining GUNS.
McCready and the rest of PEARL JAM are also working on their 10th studio album, which should be out sometime in 2013.
Pictured below: WALKING PAPERS with one tough Marine