Peter Buck’s Latest Indie Supergroup Sounds Fantastic

Peter Buck is best known as the guitarist and co-founder of the now defunct R.E.M., but he is also a king of the side project, and I think his body of work in various “supergroups” almost matches the quality of R.E.M.’s output. Some of Buck’s side projects include Hindu Love Gods, going back more than 25 years with Warren Zevon; The Minus 5 which had contributions from Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy; and The Venus 3 with British singer/songwriting legend Robyn Hitchcock.

His latest indie supergroup is called Filthy Friends and it features Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney. That addition alone has got to get indie Rock fans excited. The band has just released a single for the political project 30 Days, 30 Songs, it is called “Despierata”, and it is superb. Buck’s usual side project cohorts — legendary Seattle-scene and R.E.M. stalwarts Scott McCaughey and Bill Rieflin — give the song that trademark R.E.M. energy, but Tucker’s vocals take the song to another level of urgency:

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Holding onto the past
Won’t make it repeat
It’s time to get up
I think you’re in my seat

The song has a specific political viewpoint, but you don’t necessarily need to toe a political line to dig the music. What’s so great about the new protest song movement is that it isn’t always so partisan. Often it is more about expressing the views of the afflicted in the face of the powerful, a sentiment that elements of both left and right can embrace.

In a post this week Peter Buck said Filthy Friends’ debut album has been recorded, mixed and mastered, and will be released “on a cool record label” later next year. I think with Corin Tucker in the mix, it could be one of Peter Buck’s best side projects yet. Watch for it.

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  1. Pingback: Filthy Friends (Sleater-Kinney, REM, etc) Streaming RSD 7″ Songs, Playing Live Dates | Rocknuts

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