Mad Season Speaks: Mike McCready, Barrett Martin Renew ‘Bittersweet’ Project

From: Billboard Magazine

Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready says the unexpected new expanded reissue of “Above” from Mad Season, his mid-90’s Seattle supergroup alongside Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley and Screaming Trees’ Barrett Martin, shines with new lyrics from the ex-Trees’ singer Mark Lanegan and a guest turn from R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, but that it owes its existence to bittersweet serendipity.

“Eight months ago in our Pearl Jam vaults,” McCready tells Billboard he found “tucked away in a corner was this Mad Season live at the Crocodile [in Seattle in 1995] tape. I forgot that we had recorded that, and that was our record release show. I thought, this is pretty good. ” He adds that while “it was very painful to listen to it because [Staley and bassist John Baker Saunders] had died” only a few years after it was recorded, “that sparked me.”

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