REM's Peter Buck working on solo album

The guitarist is recording his solo debut, according to REM collaborator Scott McCaughey. And he may even sing …

Peter Buck may become the first member of REM to release a post-breakup solo album. The guitarist is apparently working on his very own LP, which could even feature the musician's famously unheard singing voice.

One of the band's long-time collaborators, guitarist Scott McCaughey, told Seattle's KIRO 97.3: "Peter's making this record of his." McCaughey offered no further details about the project, saying simply it will be "pretty 'out'". Buck will probably sing on the record, but is unlikely to sing in concert. He is also considering releasing the LP on vinyl only, with no download version.

Meanwhile, Buck and McCaughey are still busy as members of the Baseball Project, a conceptual supergroup that also features Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn. "[Peter's] not as big of a baseball freak as the rest of us are, but, you know – he likes playing music," McCaughey explained. They have recorded three albums together. And there are plans to reconvene Tired Pony, the country outfit formed by Buck, McCaughey and Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, as soon as Snow Patrol finish their current tour. "We'll definitely do another record," McCaughey said.

While Buck has released numerous albums with side projects such as the Minus 5, Hindu Love Gods and as a member of Robyn Hitchcock's band, he has never released a solo record. Even REM frontman Michael Stipe, who was expected to start making music on his own, has called such an idea "unfathomable".


Sean Michaels

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
REM's Peter Buck to release first solo album
Untitled record, due out in vinyl-only run of 2,000 copies, was written while former REM musician was laid up with a serious injury and unable to play guitar

Sean Michaels

02, Oct, 2012 @11:58 AM

REM's Peter Buck has his stolen guitar returned

It's been a triumph for the music police as Buck is reunited with his beloved Rickenbacker. Or perhaps the band's 'generous reward' had more to do with it

Sean Michaels

26, Sep, 2008 @8:51 AM

Article image
REM guitarist Peter Buck explains why group split
Bandmates were tired of the music business, not of playing songs, and never really broke up five years ago – but don’t expect any more records soon

Guardian music

15, Mar, 2016 @9:55 AM

Article image
REM won't tour Collapse Into Now
Guitarist Peter Buck says band have no plans to take their new album on the road, claiming their last tour was exhausting

Sean Michaels

09, Mar, 2011 @10:59 AM

Article image
Sleeve Notes: REM call it a day

Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills called it quits, but Queen are soldiering on … with a little help from some stand-ins

Adam Boult

23, Sep, 2011 @11:56 AM

Article image
REM are the latest victims of instrument theft

The rock'n'roll cat burglars strike again. This time, Peter Buck's guitar has gone walkies. Send for Interpol! (the police that is, not the band)

Sean Michaels

11, Sep, 2008 @9:18 AM

REM's new single hits the interweb

Supernatural Superserious forgoes the chemical pop of the band's last two records, returning to the strident rock of Out of Time or even Monster

Sean Michaels

07, Feb, 2008 @11:50 AM

Watch REM's Uberlin, starring Aaron Johnson - video

A UK exclusive of Stipe and co's new video, starring Kick-Ass actor Aaron Johnson and directed by his fiancee Sam Taylor-Wood

02, Mar, 2011 @4:36 PM

Article image
REM's Michael Stipe will sing again, he says
The singer, who has only sung in the shower since REM’s split, misses the stage and thinks his voice has improved as he has aged

Sean Michaels

15, Dec, 2014 @8:28 AM

Article image
REM Michael Stipe and Mike Mills at the Borderline – live interview
John Harris interviewed Michael Stipe and Mike Mills on stage in London about the 25th anniversary reissue of their landmark Out Of Time album

Martin Belam

18, Nov, 2016 @12:40 PM