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REM members work with producer Mitch Easter for the first time in over 30 years

REM’s Peter Buck and Mike Mills are in the studio with producer Mitch Easter for the first time in over 30 years, according to a Twitter post. The musicians are recording a new album at Easter Fidelitorium recording studio in Kernersville, North Carolina with The Baseball Project, their longtime band featuring former REM sideman Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn of The Dream Syndicate and drummer Linda Pitmon.

Easter produced REM’s 1981 single “Radio Free Europe” and its 1982 debut EP, chronic cityat his Drive-In studio in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and later produced the band at other studios in the area for their 1983 debut Murmur and its 1984 sequel, Account. Easter has worked at the Fidelitorium since the mid-1990s.

“They weren’t at all what I expected”, Easter says MusicRadar in 2021 of his first impressions of REM during the “Radio Free Europe” session over 40 years ago. “They had a lot more references to older music than I expected. They came the day before the session, and they stayed at my house and we played records. I remember thinking, “That’s great,” because I’d never met these guys before, but right away it was cozy and we were having a great time.

The Baseball Project hasn’t released an album since 2014. 3rd. McCaughey, Buck and Wynn are also members of The Minus 5, which toured as recently as 2019.

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