Pearl Jam's Mike McCready has been jamming with bassist Duff McKagan and ex-Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin (who also played with McCready in Mad Season) for a new supergroup. The band plans to record an album with a rotating cast of singers, and release it on McCready's own label.
"I have a little record company called HockeytalkterRecords -- it's what my three-year-old son calls a helicopter," McCready explained to Billboard.com. "I would like to put some of this stuff out on 45. If that happens, it'll be great."
He added that while some of the material from his unnamed supergroup is newly written, some of the songs actually came out of old Mad Season demos.
"Duff and Barrett and I got together. We wrote some new stuff and we took some of those old Mad Season demos from that [unreleased] second Disinformation record, so we are trying to find something to do with those," McCready said. "We're talking to Jaz [Coleman] from Killing Joke and I've been trying to find some [other] singers to work on some of that stuff."
In the meantime, Mad Season will release an expanded reissue of the 1995 album Above in April. The three-disc reissue will feature some newly-finished tunes from that era, as well as a guest turn from R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. McCready is also about to head back into the studio to work on Pearl Jam's next album. He told RollingStone in a recent interview that the album will be out by the end of 2013.
"We have seven songs that are relatively completed. But then we have an additional 15 ready to go aside from any that Eddie [Vedder] brings in, so we'll weed through those," McCready said. "I would say as a cliché answer it's kind of a logical extension of what [2009's] Backspacer was. But I think there's a little bit more experimental stuff going on. There's a Pink Floyd vibe to some of it, there's a punk rock edge to other stuff."