Listen to Ten Commandos Song ‘Staring Down the Dust’
The song, which you can stream below, arrives in advance of the group's self-titled debut album, which is scheduled to arrive in stores before the end of the year. As previously reported, the Ten Commandos project has been in the works for nearly two years, and brings together Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd, Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Alain Johannes, Off! guitarist Dimitri Coats and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, also a veteran of the Soundgarden lineup. The record features guest appearances from Peter Frampton, singer Nikka Costa and Screaming Trees/ex-Queens of the Stone Age vocalist Mark Lineman.
Lanegan is featured on "Staring Down the Dust," which Cameron tells Rolling Stone arrived early in the recording process. "This was the first song we recorded and we finished the rhythm track very quickly," he explained. "We all liked the sound and feel of the song, but once we heard Mark Lanegan's vocals on it, he took it to another level completely."
For Coats, who told Billboard that Ten Commandos' sound can be "really heavy and doomy, but it's really all across the board," the band represents a "fun little side project" that also serves as a creative release valve from the members' main groups.
"I think we're all in situations in our bands where we may not get to express ourselves fully the way we want to, and this is an opportunity to let some of those other colors out in our songwriting," he explained. "All those guys can write songs. They can all sing. They can all play guitar and all different instruments. Those guys are top-level musicians — I sometimes feel like, 'What am I doing here?'"
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