News Note: The Deaner Album is the debut album from The Dean Ween Group. Dean Ween - aka The Deaner - recorded the album in several locations but finished it at his dedicated studio facility in Lambertville, NJ, across the river from his native New Hope, PA . The band will be celebrating the album's release with U.S. tour dates in October with their friends the Meat Puppets opening. The Deaner Album will be released on October 21.
Listen to "Mercedes Benz" from the album here: https://soundcloud.com/ato_records/the-dean-ween-group-mercedes-benz/s-EixZR.
On The Deaner Album, Dean brings his love of classic guitar rock to 14 original compositions (including four instrumentals) that echo everything from classic rock to cracked country to the quirky mix of soul, funk, metal and punk that defined Ween. "My tastes are very mainstream; I love Jimi Hendrix and Santana and Zeppelin, but my ears are always open," The Deaner says. "P-Funk, they're right up there with the Beatles. That's what my influences were - that and punk rock - and I wanted all that in this album."
"I got inspired about two years ago when I started this band and it hasn't dried up yet," he says. "I'm starting to realize what I want to get out of the Dean Ween Group and it's just more of all the good things I've ever liked about the records I've made. It's a solid record. I don't care if people like a record or not. If I know I put a lot of work into it, then I can live with it forever. I have no regrets musically about anything I've ever done... Ween, Moist Boyz, Chris Harford, whatever. And I got there with my record. A lot of work went into it and I hope it translates when you hear it."
"After Ween stopped, I put my guitar down for almost a year," Dean says. "I'll never do that again. I'm so into practicing and writing and being good at my craft right now. I'm back in playoff shape. I write and play and record all day, every day, and I'm going to keep it there for the rest of my life."
Another huge change for Dean was moving into his own studio, converted from an old chicken coop in the woods of Western New Jersey on a patch of land donated by a friend's father. "I think finally having my own studio has been a big part of why this record is as good as it is," he says. "All the gear I've acquired over the years that's been in storage and my garage and my attic, it's all in one place now. Every guitar I've ever bought, every amp, every pedal, every effect, all in one place and it's all getting used all the time. I'm there pretty much all day, every day, all night, every night, doing something - recording, practicing, mixing. It's in the country, in the woods, nobody can hear us, and I've got a sound system in there powerful enough to power a big club. And you can go outside in your underwear and smoke a cigarette or blow off a grenade and nobody's going to hear you."
Dean Ween Group Tour Dates w Meat Puppets as openers
10/18 Omaha, NE: The Waiting Room
10/20 Milwaukee, WI: Turner Hall*
10/21 Royal Oak, MI: Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/22 Cleveland, OH: Beachland Ballroom
10/24 Louisville, KY: Headliners Music Hall
10/25 St. Louis, MO: Delmar Hall
10/26 Kansas City, MO: The Record Bar
10/28 Aspen, CO: Belly Up
10/29 Jackson, WY: Pink Garter Theatre
10/31 Missoula, MT: The Wilma
(News Notes are edited press releases sent by publicists, labels, bands, or musicians)