INTERVIEW : 2018-05-31 Arthur Buck (Peter Buck and Joseph Arthur) share the Origins of new song “American Century” (by Lake Schatz)

Joseph Arthur and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck break down the latest track from their collaborative debut album

Next month, Peter Buck of R.E.M. and singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur will release their debut album as the duo Arthur Buck. Though longtime friends, seeds for the 11-track effort were sown during a recent chance meeting in Mexico. The self-titled collection was later finished at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, Oregon. Arthur handled the production while Tchad Blake (U2, Pearl Jam) took on mixing duties.

“It was all new songs, and it was spontaneous,” Buck said of his and Arthur’s “magical” off-the-cuff creative process in a statement. “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.”

Ahead of the record’s June 15th release, Consequence of Sound is premiering “American Century”, a track that reflects on America’s role as a global power. “So long to the American century/ So long to the American dream,” goes the chorus. Come for the political thoughts, but stay for the nifty, swaggering breakdown at the halfway point.

For a deeper look at “American Century”, both Arthur and Buck detailed some of the motivations and influences that led to the track’s creation.

Arthur on the Tempo of an Album:

Peter had the title and the riff so I was actually intimidated to write it because it seemed like he had the whole concept complete in his mind. Also I find it easier to write more personal songs rather than political so I convinced myself that we didn’t need it on the record. But once Tchad sent me all the mixes I realized that the back half of the record was a little too mid tempo and had the last minute inspiration to dive into it. It was the last song we worked on for the record.

For me it was as much about the tempo as anything else. The other reason this song finally got finished is once I knew the record needed it for tempo I became less precious about it. Nothing kills art like trying to make something perfect. Suddenly I was up against a deadline and then it just flowed. Tchad also had a whale of a time mixing it for whatever reason. (I think a record tells you it’s done when things become more difficult.)

Arthur on Lyrical Messages:

Along with things Peter sent me I had my friend Julie P send me some talking points. And then I sorta wrote it like refrigerator magnet poetry or a sorta conceptual version of David Bowie’s cut up method. Once I put the character of the song in the East Village of NYC (St. Marks Church), the lights went down and the movie started flickering into life. I find writing easier when I can see something to convey or when I’m chasing a picture.

I can’t remember what he [Tchad] said but it was a challenge for him. He saw it through he said because he thought the lyrical framework or message was important to include in the overall theme of the record. Like it gave the whole thing a time and a place and a historical reference.

Arthur on Prince:

Morgan James sang the background vocals in the chorus which gives it a unique and welcome charge. When it was done Peter told me it reminded him of a Prince song which I never once thought of while working on it but now I hear it that way. Unconsciously Prince inspired.

Buck on Essays about America’s World Role:

Sometime in the post World War Two era, an essay called “The American Century” was written. Its basic idea was that with America having the moral, financial and military might, that the USA would lead and enlighten the world. I had to read it in junior high when Nixon was President. It sounded like bullshit to me then. In the last ten years another essay was written called “Farewell To The American Century”. Its basic view was that the USA had reneged on all the post-war promise, and was no longer an international leader. Looking around today, I can’t help but agree. I had the chords and riffs, and gave Joe a lot of political lyrics for the song. He immediately changed them for the better, approaching the ideas from a more spiritual level.

Buck on Rock and Roll Tropes:

Factoid number two: the guitar riff that begins the song and reoccurs in the middle is a twist on an old rock and roll trope. Iterations of that riff have been used in numerous Motown songs, “Paperback Writer”, “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, and several Jefferson Airplane songs. It’s kind of an American riff for an American subject.

REVIEW : Arthur Buck - Is It Music?

By Jonathan Muirhead , May 31st, 2018 

This is the sounds of two old boys turning on, tuning up and having fun.

That might make the album sound very boring (I hope it doesn’t) which is far from the case. Peter Buck and Joseph Arthur are obviously very comfortable in each others’ company. They, if the playing on here is anything to go by, know each others’ strengths very well.

The production, by both Arthur and Tchad Blake (known for his work with bands such as U2, Pearl Jam and The Black Keys) also has a very good pedigree. It’s paid off well as it has obviously given the pair someone else to hone sounds with and also to bounce ideas off, whereas otherwise, they may have disappeared up their own collective backsides. And did I mention that the guitar work is excellent?

There are some slight hints of self indulgence around the edges (you get the feeling, listening to tracks such as ‘I Am The Moment’ and ‘Before Your Love Is Gone’ that they were cooked up in the studio and may have been best left there). These, however, are entirely forgivable, next to such high quality gems as ‘The Wanderer’ and ‘Summertime’. Some tunes also, such as ‘Forever Waiting’, sound and feel a little bit lightweight in their company.

This duo aren’t afraid to show their flaws and their foibles and that makes them all the more likeable to these ears. The album, as a whole, is a very solid piece of work and a sure reminder to all else out there that craftsmanship will get you just that little bit further than sheer ideas and inspiration alone.


2018-05-30 - Bowery Electric, New York

On Stage :

Guest on the Alejandro Escodevo show.

Others guests are Ivan Julian, Diane Gentile, Jeremy & The Harlequins, and The Hadleys.

The musicians are :
Alejandro Escovedo (vocals, guitar,  bass)
Derek Cruz (guitar, keyboards)
Rob Clores (keyboards) 
Catherine Popper (bass) 
Danny Ray (sax)
Randy Schrager (drums)

Setlist : 

Walk on the Wild Side (with Alejandro Escodevo)
Rock n Roll (with Alejandro Escodevo, Richard Barone, Amanda Cross, Don Dilego, Diane Gentile and Jesse Malin)
Wild Horses (with Alejandro Escodevo, Amanda Cross and Jesse Malin)

Complete setlist of this show available on Setlist.fm

Recording :

Poster :

Pictures by Donna Siciliano Manning :


INTERVIEW : 2018-05-24 Music Heals: Peter Buck on His New Project Arthur Buck, Addiction, and Recovery (by Owen Murphy)

As a founding member of R.E.M., songwriter and guitarist in numerous bands including Filthy Friends, The Baseball Project and more, Peter Buck is also one of the most prolific artists of his generation, both as a producer and songwriter, having steward artists like The Jayhawks, Eyelids, and more in the recording studio.

Now with his latest musical adventure with longtime pal Joseph Arthur, calling themselves Arthur Buck, Buck finds himself pursuing a muse that both looks back and ahead simultaneously. He was kind enough to make his way to KEXP in Seattle to share insight about the new album (out June 15 on New West Records) and discusses his experiences with addiction and recovery for KEXP's Music Heals series.

KEXP: Tell me about working with Joseph Arthur. What do you think makes him a great artist and an artist that kind of turns you on musically?

Peter Buck: Joe's kind of like an action painter. He creates really in the moment, which I tend to want to do myself. As a songwriter, I think our strengths complement each other because he's very... you know, if he writes the song has 13 verses and one chorus, that's the song. I'm kind of focused on form and structure in a way. I want an intro, I want a bridge, I want an outro, double chorus here, a guitar riff. So kind of combining us together really kind of put a focus on the material.

So how has that changed [your process]? You're recording with a band now. How is it different or is it?

It's not really that different. The only thing that's different is that we did the record to sequence drums. Joe's a really good drum programmer and so it was actually kind of funky stuff, but then drums were put on over on top of it or alongside. Now that we are playing as a band – we've been rehearsing for the last week – we have new songs that... you know, the show and the next record are gonna be more band-oriented but that doesn't mean we are going to abandon the drum feel or some of the sequence stuff.

Is there a sound or songs or a feel on the record that you want to spotlight as being something unique and new and exciting from your perspective?

The song "American Century" is not... if it had just been me and my solo record, it would have been four or five people in the room playing really loud with me shouting over the top and it would have been kind of on the more chaotic punky or side of rock and roll. But putting it together – and we recorded it in two minutes sitting by a pool in Mexico. Joe had the drum machine up I put the electric guitar down. We have a studio that is the size of a briefcase. The drum loops and the sequenced stuff puts it in a whole different world. That kind of world where you start thinking about Prince or some the David Bowie records.

So you say it puts you in a different world in terms of the type of music you can make?

Yeah, it's just different. There tends to be more space when you're using a drum machine, I don't know why that is. If I had recorded it, then it would have been a pretty noisy chaotic mess. Maybe the same structure, but there'll be more of that kind of band interplay. As it stands, all the music is me and Joe. And I believe he put drums on top of it.

You've produced a number of records, [Joseph Arthur] produced this one, correct?

I don't know if it was produced. It was done and he did a lot of the stuff recording it. It was mixed by Chad Blake and a lot of what Chad does as a mixer I would think of his production. He'll loop things to make parts longer, he'll edit parts out, he'll have instruments drop out in a place that I might not have had him drop out. It's like having another collaborator, it was really great.

So how does that work? You've put your heart and soul into something. I'm assuming. and he's saying 'I like this' or 'I don't like this.' Is there a tension there? A good creative tension?

When I was younger I wouldn't have allowed anyone to do it. But I believe in collaboration and his mixes are collaborative. We give him something and he turns it into something similar but different.

You'll be playing in Seattle in September. What will the shows be like?

Well, we've been rehearsing. It's Scott McCaughey on bass, Linda Pitmon on drums, Gregg Foreman on keyboards, Joe and I on guitar. It'll be a bit more band-oriented, but I think we're gonna be using drum loops. We're not going to be playing to a drum track, but we'll have some sequenced stuff going on – which I've never done onstage. But it sounds good. It's been really fun. We've just been rehearsing.

All originals?

I like doing other people's songs. My guess is we'll probably do one or two, but no decisions have been made.

No thoughts as to what you'd like to cover?

I mean, I like a million different songs and you know it just depends if someone starts playing it that day.

So I told you earlier we're doing a special on addiction and recovery and destigmatization. Generally, overall, my understanding is you're sober. And I don't know I say these things and I'm kind of uncomfortable having a conversation, but it's important I think for our community to have the conversation and to destigmatize these things. Where are you at? How do you feel now being sober? What's life like?

I hate that word "sober." Sober as a judge. I decided that I was in a place in my life where I needed to focus on the things that were really important and any substance wasn't important to me. I think the things you think you can handle when you're younger change. I'm not 25 anymore. I kind of looked around and decided. "Well, what is important in my life?" And alcohol and drugs or whatever weren't on the list. It's family, friends, music. That's it. That's all I really do. And that's all I really want to do.

If someone who had an issue with addiction asked you for advice, what would you say to them?

Generally, if you're thinking you have a problem, you probably have a problem. And listen to your friends. Your friends will tell you. You may not want to hear it. I think that's pretty much everyone's inclination is to not listen. But pay attention to yourself and think about if your life is becoming more difficult because of what you're doing.

Who was there for you with the strongest advice or push and what did they say to you?

I made a decision and I have a lot of great friends. I just... I decide what I want to do and then I do it. And that was a decision and it wasn't the main decision maybe I'd made in even the last years. It was just a decision.

How did your life change?

I'm thinking about a lot of different stuff and it's not just alcohol or whatever. I reached a stage in my life where I wanted to try to focus more on positive things and things that have real meaning to me. I'm at the age where I don't know how many years I have left. I mean, people my age drop dead all the time. I want my last years to be meaningful. I want to do music that's really important. I want to keep my friends and family close. Knowing that you never know what you've got coming in the future.

Is there a song that you've written since you've been...

...focused. I like to think of myself as focused.

Thank you. Is there a song that you've written that you think you couldn't have written previously that you're really proud of?

No, not really. I mean, I'm a songwriter. I could do it blackout drunk. But it's better not to be, I would guess. I would say that the Arthur Buck record, a lot of that is Joe as a lyricist coming to terms with certain things in life. It's a very kind of searching, positive record. I think that both of us have been through things in our life where you kind of realize, "A lot of people might think that we've gone down a dead end, but this an excuse to start over or a chance to be a different person or more the person you'd like to be near the end of your life."

So you'd say there's hope?

I do believe in hope. Everyone talks about denial, but it used to be called hope. Hope's a good thing. That's kind of where I'm aiming and it's not natural to me to be... I'm kind of a cynic. I mean, Donald Trump, Richard Nixon, I've seen it all. But I tend to think that people are more good than bad. I tend to think that life doesn't have to fall apart, that you don't have to be disappointed in life, and you don't have to be on your deathbed and look back and wish that you'd done something different. That you can make those changes, whatever they are, and it doesn't have to do really with alcohol or drugs or anything. I don't want to see the end and think, "Gosh, I wish I had..." I mean, no one ever says, "I wish I drank a whole lot more and watched more television." They want to spend more time with their family, or "I wish I'd made that record." Since R.E.M. ended, I think I've made like 10 records where I've written the songs, co-produced, and that's an ongoing thing. This is what I do. It's nice to have something in your life that is of importance outside of relationships and stuff.

What fuels you to make music?

Unfortunately, I tend to think that you're only as good as your last song. It's great that I have records that have touched people and that's a wonderful thing. And I made a living at it and that there's history that I'm really proud of, but if I don't make a great record this year then I don't make a great record this year. So I'm really working towards that.

Why does music matter to you?

Music mattered to me before I knew what music really even was. It's just something that's been in my life and it's been a force for real positivity. I have no idea what would've happened if I hadn't done this. Maybe life wouldn't be so hopeful. Every now and again I'll be writing something and I'll just think, "Gah, who cares really?" But it's what I do. It's what I've been doing since I was 14 and it's just way too late to kind of stop. Maybe I'm too dumb to stop, but I'm not going to.

Is there an R.E.M. guitar riff that you still think is really interesting or spectacular that you really love?

If I think back at all, I generally think of say the first record, Murmur, because that was kind of my dream. You want to make a record. The fact that we made Murmur... and it's a cool record. It doesn't sound like anything else that came out that year and it's a pretty full-fledged, real album. I look back at that and think, "That was pretty good for a bunch of guys that were in their really early 20s."

What do you think made you guys so good? Four people coming together and make something unique, I mean significantly unique and special.

Peter Buck: I think [with] all bands, the attempt is to merge all these different influences and then come up with something of yourself. And I like to think we did that but I think of all the bands that I love and it's the same thing. I really believe in collaborating. I did three solo records and I was in charge. Wrote the lyrics, sang 'em, you know. And it was cool, I'm glad I did it. But I much prefer working with people that will bring in ideas [and] teach me something. It's a way for me to learn things.


INTERVIEW : 2018-05-15 Arthur Buck share “Forever Waiting” and Announce Tour (by Christopher Roberts)

Joseph Arthur and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck recently teamed up as Arthur Buck and are releasing their self-titled debut album on June 15 via New West. Previously they shared the album's "I Am the Moment." Now they have shared another song from the album, "Forever Waiting," and announced some tour dates. Check out the song and dates below.

Arthur had this to say about the song: "'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."

Arthur produced the album, which was mixed by Tchad Blake (U2, Pearl Jam, The Black Keys). Also songs were written by Arthur and Buck. The band's debut began in Mexico at the end of 2017 when the pair wrote eight songs in three days and then on the fourth day performed them for some locals. Then the basic tracks were recorded at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, OR and then Arthur produced the album at his studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Arthur had this to say about the album in a previous press release: "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."

Buck had this to say: "It was all new songs, and it was spontaneous. 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." 

INTERVIEW : 2018-05-15 Peter Buck & Joseph Arthur Explain Their 'Impromptu' Band Arthur Buck (by Craig Rosen)

As Peter Buck explains it, his collaboration with singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur came naturally. "We kind of got the idea after we did it. It was impromptu," says the former R.E.M. guitarist. "Joe was in Mexico and we were just hanging out and playing guitars."

Arthur had hoped Buck would contribute to his planned acoustic album when the two had a chance meeting in Todos Santos, Mexico, a beachside town that Buck frequents, and where he previously held an annual music festival. Arthur had ventured there to pick up a Dobro guitar he'd forgotten on a previous visit. "I was learning the songs and then we just kind of spontaneously wrote a couple of things," Buck recalls. "And we just thought, 'We're here. We don't have anything to do. Let's just do this' and we basically wrote the whole album in three days."

Arthur Buck, the self-titled album that resulted from those impromptu writing sessions, will be released on June 15 on New West Records. In September, it will be supported by a tour in which the duo will be backed by a full band, including Buck's longtime collaborator/sideman Scott McCaughey, known for his work with R.E.M., Filthy Friends, the Minus 5 and the Young Fresh Fellows, on bass; Linda Pitmon of Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3, the Baseball Project and Filthy Friends, on drums; and Gregg Foreman, who's played with Cat Power, Pharmacy and Delta 72, on keyboards. The band spent three days last week rehearsing material from the album at Buck's home in Portland, and he and Arthur wrote another six or seven new songs not on the record.

"Remember back in the new wave days when you'd go see a band, they'd usually be English, and they'd have an 11-song record and they'd play all songs and they'd repeat the single for an encore?" Buck asks. "I hated that. They were all good bands, but I think it's important when you go see a band, and it's your first experience with a band, it's great to give them a lot of stuff, so it isn't like, 'We're just this record.' We're something else, so we should have a fair amount of new stuff. Maybe we'll learn a cover version or two, so you're not just hearing the album."

Buck asked Arthur if he wanted to do a solo section within the band's set. "I said, 'I don't think so. I think we should come out like a new band,'" Arthur says. "We should come out swinging."

The duo developed out of a mutual admiration society of sorts. Arthur was an R.E.M. fan and Buck was turned on to Arthur by noted producer/songwriter T-Bone Burnett in the late '90s. "I don't even think I had his first record," Buck says. "I just saw this guy that T-Bone mentioned was playing so I went and saw him and it was a really great show. I think he was the first guy I ever saw doing the loops to make a track on stage thing," he recalls. "Now you can't go to a Holiday Inn without seeing it, but in 1996, or whenever that was, I'd never see that before."

Eventually, Arthur served as an opening act for R.E.M. on a 2004 tour. In 2006, Buck's R.E.M. bandmate Michael Stipe covered Arthur's "In the Sun" on an EP to benefit Gulf Coast hurricane relief in the wake of Katrina that featured contributions from Arthur, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Justin Timberlake and will.i.am. Buck occasionally backed Arthur during live performances, mostly playing bass. And in 2014, Buck and his former R.E.M. bandmate Mike Mills backed Arthur on a performance of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" on the Late Show With David Letterman, to promote Arthur's Reed tribute album, Lou.

During the Arthur Buck sessions the pair took their collaborative efforts to a new place. "It's real interesting," says Arthur, who is primarily known for his solo work, but also recorded the 2010 album As I Call You Down in the trio Fistful of Mercy with Dhani Harrison and Ben Harper. "Obviously it's different with everybody, particularly with someone like Peter," says Arthur. "He's magical. It's hard to say what I want to say without it sounding like I'm blowing smoke, but I really believe he's a genius kind of guy. The songwriting was kind of effortless."

Recording the album began initially with Arthur laying down some programmed drum beats for Buck to add acoustic and electric rhythm guitar over. "I really programmed the drum beats to make a more interesting click track for him," Arthur says. "I don't think we knew the programming would stick." Though Buck has primarily recorded with full bands, he's also experimented with drum machines, most notably on R.E.M.'s 1998 album Up, the band's first album following the departure of Bill Berry. "Joe's a really good drum programmer," Buck says. "That's a skill in and within itself. I'm not good at it. I can use a drum machine that has presets. That's easy, but Joe programs loops and beats and can make them really funky and lively, which I cannot do."

Arthur says that current hip-hop acts had an influence on that aspect of the album. "I got into distance running before we made this record," he says. "I'd listen to Gang Starr a lot, Kendrick [Lamar], JAY-Z's new album. That's where a lot of the electronic elements on this album are coming from."

The album primarily focuses on Arthur's search for spiritual enlightenment, exploring themes similar to what George Harrison wrote about. "He'd sometimes ask me to throw in a word or a phrase, but the lyrical focus is Joe's," Buck says. "Like a lot of us, at certain points in our life, he's been through a lot of stuff, and he's thinking a lot, but wanted it to be an optimistic record."

"I think the whole alternative thing," Buck continues, "a lot of it was real kind of alienating and negative. At a certain point, I just got real fucking sick of a 24-year-old singing about how much he hates the world. Every 24-year-old should hate the world, but I don't necessarily want to hear it again. I heard that when I was 14. I was pleased that Joe was coming up with a record that's not a downer."

While most of the album focuses on personal relationships, such as the album's opening track, "I Am the Moment," and "Forever Waiting" (premiering above), "American Century" takes a broader view. Buck says it was partially inspired by an article or a speech from the '50s by an industrialist who proclaimed, "This is the American century." More recently, Buck read an article titled "Farewell to the American Century." He adds that while it could be debated whether the 20th century was indeed the American century, "We're totally walking away from it now, for a number of reasons." In the song, Arthur sings about "social media diplomacy, leaving Puerto Rico out in the dark" and taxing the middle class to "give to the rich." Though Buck notes, "Joe made it a real spiritual thing, as opposed to a political thing." It ends with Arthur and female backing vocalist, Morgan James, trading lines on the refrain, "Where's the revolution?"

For Arthur, this project is a bit of a rebirth. "I view this thing as like a brand new exciting band," he says. "I honestly feel like I hit some kind of reset button in my life and this is my first album."

Arthur Buck on Tour:

Fri/Sep-07 - Seattle WA - The Crocodile
Sat/Sep-08 - Portland OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Mon/Sep-10 - San Francisco CA - The Independent
Tue/Sep-11 - Los Angeles CA - Teragram Ballroom
Thu/Sep-13 - Athens GA - 40 Watt Club
Sun/Sep-16 - Nashville TN - The Basement East
Tue/Sep-18 - Philadelphia PA - World Café Live
Wed/Sep-19 - Boston MA - Brighton Music Hall
Thu/Sep-20 - Brooklyn NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fri/Sep-21 - Washington DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
Sun/Sep-23 - Chicago IL - Lincoln Hall
Mon/Sep-24 - Minneapolis MN - 7th Street Entry


2018-05-11 - Arthur Buck - Peter Buck Interview, The Midday Show, KEXP, Seattle

On Stage :

last minute interview of Peter Buck on KEXP.

"American Century" was broadcasted for the first time after this interview.

Recording :

Peter Buck Interview, KEXP

INTERVIEW : 2018-05-11 Kyle Meredith With... Arthur Buck (by Kyle Meredith)

"Joseph Arthur talks to Kyle Meredith about Arthur Buck, his new project with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. They discuss how the collaboration came to fruition and deep dive into songs including "I Am The Moment", "Are You Electrified", and "Summertime". Arthur also talks a bit about his next solo album."


INTERVIEW : 2018-05-10 Another Buck Up (by Andy Thorley)

-MAY 10, 2018

Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck of R.E.M. fame have released their first video for new single, Are You Electrified?’ taken from their debut album, Arthur Buck, scheduled for release on June 15th via New West Records.

The Dean Karr directed video was shot in Oregon 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.

Since their initial meeting, the pair have been steadily working on their debut with basic tracks being recorded at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, with Arthur producing at his studio in Brooklyn, NY. 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.

Within new single, ‘Are You Electrified?’ the line, “it’s about time to make this world a better place” encapsulates something of a mission statement or a turning point Joseph had in writing the lyrics for the record. The idea that Rock ‘n Roll can still be vital and still lift people up without being hokey, or failing to acknowledge darker aspects of existence.

“Are you Electrified is another way of saying are you awake? Are you in the moment? Jumping the turnstile to get into the train which doors are already open. The idea that the doors to our personal freedom are open and always open but that we have to take a chance. A leap of faith. Jump the turnstiles to get there. Running from the Boogie man,” explains Joseph. “Sometimes freedom requires subversion and a rebellious spirit. For me that is what this song is trying to communicate. And to acknowledge or maybe even warn people that their dreams are worth hanging onto if for no other reason than there are forces at work that don’t want you too. Let that be your fuel. Or at least part of it. And get on the train before the doors close!”

“Joe is going through that searching period we all go through in life, adds Peter. “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.”

Both 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. Tour dates are in the works for Arthur Buck and will be announced shortly.

Arthur Buck will be available as an Indie Retail Translucent blue and red split coloured 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.



INTERVIEW : 2018-05-02 Joseph Arthur, Peter Buck Wander Through Oregon in 'Are You Electrified?' (by Suzy Exposito)

Arthur Buck, the new rock duo made of Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, unveiled their first music video for the bluesy single, "Are You Electrified?"

Directed by Dean Karr, the video shows the singer and guitarist meandering through scenic woods in Oregon, where Buck resides. Between clean guitar licks, Arthur's gritty vocals impart a message of hope. He describes the new track as "a song about holding onto your dreams in 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.'"

Behind the camera, Arthur said he appreciated the long drives necessary for producing the video. "The best part about making this video for me was riding around, listening to Peter's playlist of obscure garage rock, overlooked Prince gems and later day Bowie tracks," Arthur tells Rolling Stone. "I confess to being a rather shitty co-pilot as I kept drifting off into garage rock dreams."

"Are You Electrified?" will be available across all digital platforms on Friday, May 4th. In the meantime, Arthur Buck is plotting a North American tour with dates to be announced. "My personal mission for Arthur Buck," adds Arthur, "[is] to campaign covertly or otherwise for Peter to get hired by some satellite radio juggernaut into a DJ position, a la Dylan's turn as DJ that was fantastic some years back. The world would be richer for it."

As longtime friends and fans of each others' work, Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck collaborated after a chance encounter in Todos Santos, Mexico, where Buck and his wife, Chloe Johnson, live intermittently. The duo will release their first record as Arthur Buck on June 15th via New West Records.