Peter Buck of R.E.M. & Joseph Arthur’s “Arthur Buck” Debut

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. In their rave review of the album, Uncut Magazine in the U.K. stated that the “Veterans sound renewed on the anthem-filled collaboration” and said of its lead off track, “Buck’s chiming acoustic pattern on ‘I Am The Moment’ echoes the sylvan glory of R.E.M.’s Out Of Time, setting up the LP’s prevailing theme of hopeful anticipation.” Starting Today, NPR Music is streaming the entire album as a First Listen. They state, “They’re resolute and forward-looking, sunny and often sly wake-up calls that use a full complement of tricks — Oasis-style rock anthems, hip-hop pastiche, odd funk pockets — to lure listeners into the desired zone of expanded awareness.” Adding, “When Arthur hits an important idea, Buck is there with his six-string highlighter to reinforce it. And when it’s time to translate the zenspeak, Buck lets his guitar do the talking – there are several absolutely thrilling eight-bar solo breaks here.” And “They cast the search for perspective as a kind of quest, and suggest that in a destabilized environment like this one, the first step in ‘being the change’ involves simply seeking a precious moment of clarity.” Hear the album in full 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.’” See it HERE. The duo previously announced their first ever North American tour launching on September 7th in Seattle, WA (please see all dates 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. 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.

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
September 8th – Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
September 10th – San Francisco, CA The Independent
September 11th – Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom
September 13th – Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
September 16th – Nashville, TN The Basement East
September 18th – Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live – Downstairs
September 19th – Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
September 20th – Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
September 21st – Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel
September 23rd – Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
September 24th – Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry

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