GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Listen: Walking Papers
Walking Papers, a Seattle super group featuring keyboardist Ben Anderson and vocalist/guitarist Jeff Angell (the Missionary Position), drummer Barrett Martin (Mad Season, Screaming Trees), and bassist Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Loaded, Velvet Revolver), are set to release their debut self-titled album on Aug. 6. Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen to eerie rock track "Your Secret's Safe With Me."
"I remember [Jeff Angell and Barrett Martin] sending me the MP3 for a song called 'Your Secret's Safe with Me' and thinking it was just majestic," said McKagan. "And after recording and hearing the final mixes, I knew this was something really special and cool. Cool enough, in fact, for me to sit in a van and go. And I haven't done the van thing since the punk rock days."
Walking Papers was initially conceived in 2012 after Angell and Martin shared a bill at a local Seattle venue while performing with the Missionary Position and the Barrett Martin Group, respectively. Angell and Martin subsequently began recording together and later recruited McKagan and Anderson to form Walking Papers. Co-produced by Angell and Martin and mixed by Seattle veteran Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden), Walking Papers features 11 tracks spanning punk, blues, rock, and ambient music, including the hard-rocking single "The Whole World's Watching." Walking Papers are currently scheduled to perform on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour with Alice In Chains beginning Aug. 9 in Scranton, Pa.