Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo spends much of his downtime from Ween fronting The Dean Ween Group. Today, the band announced its sophomore record, Deaner Rock 2, due out March 9 via Schnitzel Records. Deaner & Co. recorded the LP at Melchiondo’s dedicated studio facility in Lambertville, New Jersey, directly across the Delaware River from his native New Hope.
“A lot has changed since I released my first ‘solo album’ a couple of years ago,” Deaner said in a statement. “Since 1984, I dedicated my life to recording in all of my free time. Later on, after living with Aaron for a few years, I moved into an apartment with my girlfriend (who is now my wife; Hi baby!) She would get up at 5:30 am to go to work teaching and I would record all day while she was gone. When she came home I would stop. When she went to sleep I’d go over to Aaron’s place at Brookridge Farms and record all night with him, or Guy Heller, or Billy Fowler.”
The guitarist added, “30 years later and I’ve found myself back at that same place, at a different address, with the best equipment money can buy. See, that’s the thing about being a musician (I dare not call myself an artist, although technically I guess I am). Anyway, success affords you better tools for your trade-money buys you time as well. There are no excuses when you have shit like Neve consoles and Neumann microphones, that shit is there to be used.” Deaner went on to say, “For 4 years now I have been in my studio recording all day and all night, every day and every night when I’m not on tour. A song-a-day sounds far-fetched I know… we usually average at least 2 per day. Sorting through all of this has become a task unto itself, I still haven’t caught up or begun to catalog everything I’ve done since 1984 so there is a log jam in the filing and archiving process.”
Deaner Rock 2 is described as, “a snapshot of the fall of 2016–there have been a lot of tunes recorded before then and even more since then, but this is my second official solo album. These were written for this sole purpose and recorded with the entire lineup: the best band in the world, Ween — Claude Coleman Jr., Dave Dreiwitz and Glenn McClelland, also the other best band in the world, the lineup of the DWG — Mike Dillon, Bill Fowler, Ray Kubian, Scott Rednor, and the other 50 members and usual suspects.”
Melchiondo is very happy with how the LP turned out, “I’m pretty proud of this one; it represents the first time that I was able to take what we do onstage and put it on a record. 2017 is a strange time to be a musician, live music is really your main outlet for making a living. I never thought at this stage of my career that I would be putting in this much time on the road and in the studio, but I am, and I’m enjoying it more than I ever have. The only difference now is that my wife tells people that I ‘work nights’ and even with all of that time I put in recording while she was at work or asleep, it’s nothing compared to the amount of time I spend now, and the music is way better for it.”
Stay tuned for more information on Deaner Rock 2.
Watch the DWG perform “You Were There”: