Mad Season recently released the new track “Locomotive” featuring Mark Lanegan, which will be included in the upcoming Above deluxe box set due April 2, 2013. Barrett Martin has now revealed new details about “Locomotive” and the upcoming box set in a Facebook post.
Martin says that he recorded the song “Locomotive” with Mike McCready and John Baker Saunders in 1996, while working on a potential second Mad Season record. Lanegan wrote lyrics and sang on three songs for the new box set, and these songs act as a tribute to both Layne Staley and John Baker Saunders. Martin states that “there is no other singer in the world but Mark who could have sung these songs in the way that Layne would have intended” and that Staley and Lanegan “understood each other better than anybody.” Peter Buck of R.E.M. also co-wrote and contributed guitar to one of the new tracks in 1996.
Martin also reveals that the original Above album has not been altered for the new box set, and that the new songs serve only as a tribute to their friends Staley and Saunders. An essay written by Martin about the “the healing power of music,” the production of Above, and the magical period of Mad Season will be included in a booklet in the box set.
Read the rest of Barrett Martin’s new Facebook post here.