Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Tuatara) and Jeff Angell (The Missionary Position) made their debut as The Walking Papers when they played their first show at The Sunset Tavern in Seattle.
Joined by Jacque Willis on clavinet and vibes, The Walking Papers played material from their forthcoming album, details of which are still forthcoming. Angell and Martin are the principle masterminds of the project but have recruited other friends to participate. Among those confirmed to have worked on the as-yet-finalized debut is Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, with whom Martin played in Mad Season with John Baker Saunders, Layne Staley, and Mark Lanegan.
It's been a busy year for Martin and Angell, both of whom released albums with their principle projects earlier this year. For Martin, it was the sophomore album from his Barrett Martin Group Artifact and for Angell it was the release of The Missionary Position's Consequences.
We don't have a lot of details to tide us over until the release of the record but there is footage from the debut show at The Sunset Tavern of Angell, Martin, and Willis playing a song called "Your Secret's Safe With Me." The audio/video quality is pretty decent and allows us to glean a little of what we can expect and I'm happy to say this slice is exactly what I'd expect from Martin and Angell. The dark, minor key rocker sounds like something that would have fit on Consequences. The clavinet and vibes are played by Willis on stage (and might be on record) but they are -- particularly the vibraphone -- hallmarks of the various projects Martin has participated in throughout his career.
Take a look and get ready; we'll have all the latest when The Walking Papers announce the release of their debut record.