Ween Signs With Sanctuary
Rock duo Ween has signed with Sanctuary Records, which will release the group's new album.Rock duo Ween has signed with Sanctuary Records, which will release the group's new album, "Quebec," on July 22. Guitarist Dean Ween (real name: Mickey Melchiondo) last month described the 16-track set as "heavy, dark, psychedelic, and musically intricate at times."
Ween spent the bulk of its career recording for Elektra but parted ways with the label after the 2000 album "White Pepper." In the interim, the duo has issued two live albums exclusively through its own Chocodog imprint.
Melchiondo says "a full-on world tour" in support of "Quebec" is in the works, including appearances at the Bonnaroo NE festival and the Austin City Limits festival. The group will also play May 24 in Asbury Park, N.J., and May 31 at the Adirondack Mountain Music Festival in Lyonsdale, N.Y. Drummer Claude Coleman is back on board after being sidelined for several months while recovering from a serious automobile accident.
As previously reported, Melchiondo guests on the upcoming all-star album "Desert Sessions 9/10," spearheaded by Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme. The set, which also features Polly Jean Harvey, Twiggy Ramirez, and Josh Freese, among others, is due Aug. 12 via Ipecac Recordings.