Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Peter Buck is a restless guy. So no one should be surprised that he has already finished a solo record just 11 months after R.E.M. unexpectedly called it quits.
Nor should it surprise anyone that his solo record was done quickly with none of the careful polish of an R.E.M. record.
But it is a surprise that Buck handles the vocals.
An advance track is out there as of yesterday. "10 Million BC" is indeed a throwback in its primitive garage rock glory. And yes Peter Buck is singing beneath all that distortion.
We track a whole lot of young garage and punk bands here at WYMA, but you'd be hard pressed to find a recent song with a better rock'n'roll feel than this. And that piano solo at the end is the icing on the cake.
10 Million BC
Buck will be previewing his new songs Sept 21-22 at the Sunset Tavern in Seattle WA USA. The band name (for that night at least) is Richard M Nixon, though it's Buck's usual co-conspirators Scott McCaughey and Bill Rieflin, who have played with Peter for many years in both the Minus 5 and R.E.M.