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Peter Buck and Joseph Arthur team up for 'Are You Electrified?' - video premiere

Duo met up in Mexico where they began to write what has become their debut album 'Arthur Buck'

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
Wednesday 02 May 2018 14:11 BST
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Arthur Buck - the new project from Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck of R.E.M - have released the first video for their new single "Are You Electrified?", which is taken from their upcoming self-titled album.

Directed by Dean Karr, the video was shot in Oregon after the pair met up in Mexico at the end of last year, where they wrote eight songs in just three days, then performed them for some locals near Buck's home.

Arthur had opened several shows for R.E.M in the early 2000s, and Buck has also backed Arthur on several occasions.

Watch the video (above).

Arthur Buck, set for release on 15 June via New West Records, was produced by Arthur at his studio in Brooklyn, New York, and mixed by Tchad Blake [U2, Pearl Jam, Black Keys].

Arthur says of the track: "[It's] another way of saying, are you awake? Are you in the moment? Jumping the turnstile to get into the train which doors are already open. The idea that the doors to our personal freedom are open and always open but that we have to take a chance. A leap of faith. Jump the turnstiles to get there. Running from the Boogie man.

"Sometimes freedom requires subversion and a rebellious spirit. For me that is what this song is trying to communicate. And to acknowledge or maybe even warn people that their dreams are worth hanging onto if for no other reason than there are forces at work that don't want you too. Let that be your fuel. Or at least part of it. And get on the train before the doors close!"

Arthur Buck's debut album is out on 15 June (Dean Karr)

Buck added: "Joe is going through that searching period we all go through in life. And those experiences he's having make this a very forward-looking record, lyrically. The music has a questing kind of feel. We were making it up as we went along."

Arthur Buck, the debut album from Peter Buck and Joseph Arthur, is out on 15 June

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