Jacknife Lee says the band's new songs are 'exciting'
Singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck and bassist Mike Mills hope to release the follow-up to 2004’s ‘Around The Sun’ before the end of the year.
The band had used Pat McCarthy as producer on their last three albums, but have decided on a change for the new record.
Lee said of his new challenge: “R.E.M are consistently one of the great bands, if not the greatest. The new songs they’ve written are some of their most exciting and visceral yet. They’re a beacon for any band wishing to remain honest and challenging.”
R.E.M’s Mike Mills admitted: “We are psyched to work with Jacknife Lee. We’ve got a great batch of songs, and can’t wait to put them down.”
The band’s original line-up – Stipe, Buck, Mills and original drummer Bill Berry, who quit in 1997 – will today (March 12) be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder in a ceremony at New York‘s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
And the original line-up have recorded their fist song together since 1996, a cover of John Lennon’s ‘#9 Dream’ for Amnesty International.
It will be available as a download from tomorrow (March 13) from amnesty.org/noise.