Dean Ween Talks ‘The Deaner Album’ & Reveals Dean Ween Group Lineup

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Yesterday, we told you about The Deaner Album, the long-awaited solo album from Ween guitarist Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo. Today, Deaner has issued a statement about the LP which gives us insight into his album and the accompanying tour.

The Deaner Album features 14 original compositions including four instrumentals that show off the Ween guitarist’s diverse array of influences. “My tastes are very mainstream; I love Jimi Hendrix and Santana and Zeppelin, but my ears are always open,” Deaner said. “P-Funk, they’re right up there with the Beatles. That’s what my influences were – that and punk rock – and I wanted all that in this album.”

“I got inspired about two years ago when I started this band and it hasn’t dried up yet,” Melciondo added. “I’m starting to realize what I want to get out of the Dean Ween Group and it’s just more of all the good things I’ve ever liked about the records I’ve made. It’s a solid record. I don’t care if people like a record or not. If I know I put a lot of work into it, then I can live with it forever. I have no regrets musically about anything I’ve ever done… Ween, Moist Boyz, Chris Harford, whatever. And I got there with my record. A lot of work went into it and I hope it translates when you hear it.”

Deaner reveals that after Ween broke up, he put his guitar down for nearly a year. “I’ll never do that again. I’m so into practicing and writing and being good at my craft right now. I’m back in playoff shape. I write and play and record all day, every day, and I’m going to keep it there for the rest of my life,” Mickey said. Once he formed The Dean Ween Group the ideas came flooding into his head. “I never forget ideas. I can write a chorus, a melody, a rhyme, a lick, they never go away,” Deaner added. “So there are a lot of scraps on this record that became fleshed out. Most of these songs started from one of the scraps, and then there’d be nothing left of it by the time I was done with the song. I still do that, I’ll always do that.”

The Deaner Album features some tracks that find Dean playing every instrument, while for others he enlisted members of his band as well as old friends including the Meat Puppets’ Curt Kirkwood, legendary punk drummer Chuck Treece and guitarists Mike “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton, Scott Rednor and Bill Fowler, among others. “If I woke up in the middle of the night with an idea, I’d call a session and have the whole band come in and learn the song and play it together,” Mickey revealed. “That was really different for me. I could actually show some patience and not just half-ass it. If I needed a drummer, I’d get the best drummer I could to play that particular song.”

One of the songs Dean Ween recorded by himself is “SchwarzPete,” which is a tribute to the late Les Paul and was originally written years ago for a TV pilot. “I always wanted that song to be on a record,” Deaner said. “I love that style of guitar playing.” So what will the lineup be for a series of upcoming The Dean Ween Group shows? Deaner will be joined by Ween bandmates Claude Coleman Jr., Dave Dreiwitz and Glenn McClelland as well as Bill Fowler.

Listen to “Mercedes Benz” off The Deaner Album:

The Deaner Album Tracklist

  1. Dickie Betts
  2. Exercise Man
  3. Bundle of Joy
  4. Charlie Brown
  5. Shwartze Pete
  6. I’ll Take It and Break It
  7. Garry
  8. You Were There
  9. Bums
  10. Gum
  11. Nightcrawler
  12. Mercedes Benz
  13. Tammy
  14. Doo Doo Chasers
  15. Tour Dates for The Dean Ween Group