R.E.M guitarist Peter Buck has officially announced the release date for his debut solo album, and you won’t have to wait long. The self-titled record is out tomorrow via Mississippi Records.
As Slicing Up Eyeballs reports, a surreptitious blog post on R.E.M.’s website revealed the news. Buck says the album started taking shape when he was laid out with a “semi-crippling injury” and couldn’t play guitar, passing the time by writing lyrics. Vocal support comes from R.E.M. bandmate Mike Millis, friend/collaborator Scott McCaughey, Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker, The Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee, Lenny Kaye, and Bill Rieflin.
“So why is it a solo record?” Buck says in the blog post. “I wrote 95% of the lyrics and most of the music, it is the first thing i have ever been involved in where I was actually in charge and the record turned out to be kind of like a trip through my mind, all of the kinds of music I love, played with some of my favorite musicians, in a completely one take spontaneous atmosphere.” [sic]
The album will initially be limited to just 2,000 vinyl pressings. As for a tour behind the record, Buck says it’s possible, but that “this is not a career, it is something I am doing for fun.”
Head to R.E.M.’s blog to read the entire announcement, which also digresses on Jimmy Reed and James Brown’s obsession with popcorn. Below, hear Buck’s previously released solo track, “10 Million BC”.