Meet the Levee Walkers.
Featuring Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, this new project is a product of some marquee veterans of the so-called ‘Seattle Sound’.
McCready and Martin, after all, were key contributors in Mad Season, the ’90s super group featuring late Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley. A few years back, McKagan and Martin formed their own band, Walking Papers, so the history of Levee Walkers is one that a lot to do with the strong musical relationships these individuals have built over the past 30+ years.
From the band’s official biography:
Over the decades, the three men battled their own phantoms, burying a few friends along the way, until they emerged with clear hearts and minds, a seasoned understanding of music and the nature of life and death, and perhaps most importantly, the art of writing a great song, the most sacred tenant in their codex. As one can clearly see, a musical tapestry was being woven, and its texture was rich, varied, and embedded with soul.
On Friday, the band announced their formation and released two songs – both of which feature vocals from Jaz Coleman, singer of the band Killing Joke. As Levee Walkers’ website details, though, he isn’t the only singer that will lend his services to the band’s music from here on out:
But Jaz is just the first in a handful of select singers who will be putting words and voice to the music of the Levee Walkers. More walkers are coming, as they emerge from the shadows.
As for those two songs – one is called Freedom Song, and the other is Tears for the West. Listen below via Spotify:
In the band bio penned by Martin on the official site, it definitely seems as if this project will expand as time marches along:
The Levee Walkers are a Seattle band to be sure, but their roots are firmly dug into the foundational music of blues, rock, and punk, reinterpreted through the filter of the Pacific Northwest. To become a Levee Walker you must have at least 25 years of musical experience, survived battles with the forces of darkness, and perhaps even kissed death on the cheek. More importantly, there must exist a deep reverence for the music of your comrades, and the commitment they made to this hardest of paths. If you have that kind of grit, then you can listen to music with us, walk with us, and grow with us. And like a Levee Walking phantom, this band will appear, disappear, and reappear again, as the musical inspiration suits us.
Stay tuned for more!