5/18/2018

JOSEPH ARTHUR & PETER BUCK OF R.E.M. TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ARTHUR BUCK VIA NEW WEST RECORDS JUNE 15th, 2018

JOSEPH ARTHUR & PETER BUCK OF R.E.M. TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM 
ARTHUR BUCK VIA NEW WEST RECORDS JUNE 15th, 2018
 
FIRST EVER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR GOES ON SALE TODAY
 
 
 
Photo Credit: Dean Karr 
 
Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck of R.E.M. fame will release their debut album, Arthur Buck, on June 15th, 2018 via New West Records. The 11-song set was produced by Joseph Arthur and mixed by Tchad Blake (U2, Pearl Jam, The Black Keys) with all of its songs co-written by the duo.  Today, their first ever North American tour launching on September 7th in Seattle, WA goes on sale (please see dates and ticket links below).  In addition to Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck, the live band will consist of Scott McCaughey (Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M., The Baseball Project) on bass, Linda Pitmon (Minus 5, Filthy Friends, The Baseball Project) on drums, and Gregg Foreman (Pharmacy, Delta 72, Cat Power) on Keyboards.  
 
Earlier this week, Billboard Magazine premiered the album track “Forever Waiting."  Of the song, Joseph Arthur states, “‘Forever Waiting’ was one of the initial songs we wrote together in Mexico.  One of the first four and to me then, it was evidence of a blooming chemistry. ‘You call it weakness to sell your love across the wall.  But now all your secrets.  Won’t cover up the way you crawl.’  Those somewhat esoteric lines remind me of what it’s like to be an artist and the strangeness of profiting off the damage of your life.  But they are abstract enough to create other meanings.”  Hear it HERE.  Rolling Stone previously premiered their video for the album’s first single, “Are You Electrified?.”  The Dean Karr directed clip was shot in Oregon and Rolling Stone said, “Between clean guitar licks, Arthur’s gritty vocals impart a message of hope.  Arthur described the new track as ‘a song about holding onto your dreams in a world that makes it challenging to do so...to inspire with positive energy and momentum to do as the song says and ‘make this world a better place.’”  NPR Music also previously premiered the album’s lead off track, “I Am The Moment,” which marries Buck’s sharply-strummed acoustic guitar chords to an electronic beat, with all manner of sonic ephemera ping-ponging around in the background.  NPR stated, “The sparks fly freely in the song 'I Am the Moment': a classic chiming Buck guitar lick sets up a vocal that's both gritty and cosmically gleeful, enlivened by a handclap-sharp rhythm track.”  Arthur Buck will be available as an Indie Retail Translucent Blue & Red Split Colored Vinyl Edition, a limited edition Autographed Barnes & Noble Vinyl Variant, Standard Black Vinyl, Compact Disc, and across digital platforms. The album is currently available for pre-order via New West Records
 
Listen To Arthur Buck's “Forever Waiting
 
The collaboration was established after the pair met up in Mexico near the end of 2017. They wrote eight songs in three days and on the fourth day, performed them for a handful of Baja locals near Buck’s home. Arthur says, “My first thought was, ‘Hey, I’ll get Peter to play acoustic guitar on some of the stuff I’m working on!’ So I started showing him songs. But he was like, ‘That’s cool. Now check this out.’ And he started playing chords and whatnot. So I put my guitar down and began singing over his changes, and it was magical. It was easy. And these great songs just started popping out.” 
 
Since their initial meeting, the pair steadily worked on their debut with basic tracks recorded at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, OR with Arthur producing at his studio in Brooklyn, NY. The vibrant collection captures the spontaneity at the heart of the project - right down to the 1-2-3-4 count off from Buck that begins the proceedings - with sounds and styles mashed together in a unique and interesting manner. “It was all new songs, and it was spontaneous,” Buck says. “And the great thing about working that way was that it didn’t have to be anything in particular. It was liberated from any expectation. It was free.” 
 
The two musicians have a history that stretches back decades; among other pairings, Arthur opened many shows for R.E.M. in the early 2000s, while Buck has backed Arthur on numerous occasions. Both Arthur and Buck have said that these songs differ from their other recording projects and while speaking with Rolling Stone, Buck said “It was really spontaneous and kind of magical in its own way, as [being in Mexico] we were kind of disconnected from everything.” Arthur added, “All of a sudden it was like I had this musical partner and friend, and that relieved the music of the burden of the self, if that makes sense.” Of his new bandmate, Buck stated, “Joe is going through that searching period we all go through in life. And those experiences he’s having make this a very forward-looking record, lyrically. The music has a questing kind of feel. We were making it up as we went along.” 
 
 
Arthur Buck Track Listing:
1. I Am The Moment
2. Are You Electrified?
3. The Wanderer
4. Forever Waiting
5. If You Wake Up In Time
6. Summertime
7. American Century
8. Forever Falling
9. Before Your Love Is Gone
10. Wide Awake In November
11. Can’t Make It Without You
 
Arthur Buck On Tour:
September 7th - Seattle, WA The Crocodile Tickets
September 8th - Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge Tickets
September 10th - San Francisco, CA The Independent Tickets
September 11th - Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom Tickets
September 13th - Athens, GA 40 Watt Club Tickets
September 16th - Nashville, TN The Basement East Tickets
September 18th - Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live - Downstairs Tickets
September 19th - Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall Tickets
September 20th - Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg Tickets
September 21st - Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel Tickets
September 23rd - Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall Tickets
September 24th - Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry Tickets
 
 

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