By now we have all heard about the tragic terrorist attacks upon Paris on the 14th of November. In looking to make some form of positive out of something so horrific, Eagles Of Death Metal have issued a challenge to cover their track I Love You All The Time. While My Morning Jacket found time to slip a cover into their live show over the weekend, The Dean Ween Group have issued a studio recording. Deaner shared the following thoughts on his friendship with Josh Homme as well as the recording process:
Message from Deaner:
I have been very close friends with Josh Homme for over 20 years. He is easily the best friend I have in a band. When we need advice we talk to one another. We were signed to Elektra the same week (Kyuss) and we toured a lot to support our new records (Chocolate And Cheese). The sense of love and camaraderie on those tours was unparalleled. We were like a gang, like one big band instead of two – always onstage during each other’s sets.
Later on, in the earlier days of QOTSA we were reunited and had two of the most legendary tours of all our lives. When I heard about the Paris attacks I broke down and called him immediately and surprisingly he answered. Finding out that Dave Catching was alive and unharmed was one of the biggest reliefs of my life.
When Josh asked me to cover this tune, I dropped what I was doing on the most important (to me anyway) gig night of my life. I was debuting the tunes from my forthcoming Dean Ween Group album. I came to the studio with our drummer Ray Kubian (who is a great singer as well) and I had a concept – one sample of handclaps and 8 tracks of grunting in the rhythm of the song and scat singing. I laid down a bass track for an anchor or a guide, sped the song up to 150 beats per minute when the original was about 115. One acoustic guitar, and Ray taking the lead vocal. It went perfectly – we used every track that we recorded. I then called Chris Shaw, who produced Ween’s White Pepper album and mixed Moistboyz IV. He is the best producer and engineer I know and he dropped his Saturday Thanksgiving travel plans to mix it for me.
I feel so passionately about this track and I have set my personal goal at one million views. You can download the video here
In other Dean Ween related news, Ween is set to reunite with three sold-out Colorado concerts early next year.