Following the nasty breakup of Ween, Dean Ween, AKA Mickey Melchiondo, is working on a solo album with Josh Homme as the producer.
It has been a hard year for fans of the alternative-rock group Ween. After the band broke up earlier this year Gene and Dean Ween have not been able to get along and have been feuding on the official Ween website. Antiquiet is now reporting Dean Ween (aka Mickey Melchiondo) is working on his first solo album. The lineup features a stellar cast of musicians including Josh Homme who is picking up the reigns as producer.
Dean Ween issued a statement on his new website AskTheDeaner.com:
“I commenced writing new songs for a record about a year ago but got very serious around July of this year. since then I have been pretty much completely off the grid except for this website. I postponed all of my fishing charters until a later date and since mid-August I’ve been in the studio non-stop, 7 days a week working from 7pm until 7am. I wake up around 3 or 4 in the afternoon and I’m sorry to my friends who haven’t gotten any callbacks or email responses. I am on a mission to try and make a truly classic album and haven’t been so focused and driven in many years. The music will speak for itself when it’s released next year, to my ears and those people whose opinions matter it is pretty damn smokin’. My band is a combination of the best musicians I’ve encountered over the years. Guy Heller, Claude Coleman, Chuck Treece, Dave Dreiwitz, Glenn McClelland, Joe Kramer, Andrew Weiss, Joe Russo, Scott Metzger, Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, the list goes on and on and I’m sorry if I’ve forgotten anyone. We are in the thick of it right now and if we were forced to stop we’d have about 2 full albums of keeper quality songs already. We are keeping at it until November and then we’re going to Los Angeles to record the album with Josh Homme as the producer in mid-January, you heard it here first, although I’ve known this for months. Sonically it’s pretty damn impressive, my engineering chops have improved significantly over the years (25 years of recording tends to help) and if you can’t already tell, I’m very excited. It’s hard to even call what we’re doing “demos” because they sound incredible.”
It sounds like Dean is really in the midst of a lot of hard work on this. It should be an album to look forward to. Read our own interview with Dean Ween here.