Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready recently told a Kentucky radio station that Mad Season, the supergroup that featured him, late Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley, bassist John Baker Saunders and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, could be making a semi-return later this year. McCready said that he plans to reissue the group’s only album, ‘Above’ (originally released in 1995), as well as a live record. He also mentioned that there is unreleased material in the vault that he would like to complete and release.
McCready told WFPK, “We were trying to do another record, but it just didn’t work, Layne went off and did Alice In Chains and then he died. So, what happened was, I had to change the band name to Disinformation. From the Disinformation sessions there are probably twelve songs, and out of that, probably eight that are pretty great. They need to be edited, but they’re all music, so we’re trying to find singers that are up to the caliber of Layne to do justice to it.”
McCready also added that he hopes to have the singers in place soon and get the material into the hands of fans before the end of the year.
Mad Season officially dissolved in 1999 after the death of bassist John Baker Saunders. Staley died three years later in 2002. Mad Season’s sole album, “Above”, went gold (500,000 in sales) and produced two Top 20 modern rock singles, ‘River Of Deceit’ and ‘I Don’t Know Anything.’ The album cover featured an illustration by Staley based on a photograph of him and his girlfriend Demri Parrott.