Mike Watt Confirms New Opera

Ahead of American tour
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American underground legend Mike Watt has confirmed details of his new opera project 'Hyphenated-Man'.

Mike Watt has led one of American rock music's most inspiring careers. Formed before hardcore had even burst onto the scene, his group The Minutemen were one of the first - and best - punk groups to emerge from the West Coast.

Tragically splitting after the death of singer D Boon in 1985, Mike Watt later worked with fIREHOSE before opting to continue under his own name.

Now Mike Watt is set to return with his new project 'Hyphenated-Man'. The songwriter's third opera, for the new effort Watt has decided to forego any notion of a linear plotline in favour of something more radical.

"this third opera is quite different in that it has no standard narrative (libretto!) meaning no regular beginning-middle-end and is as it were "simultaneous" in the way a mirror from just inside my head - right in this middle-age moment of mine - was then shattered into thirty pieces and then each piece stuffed in the head to show a piece of my state of mind (or out-of-mind) as of now. "thirty tunes?" yes, they're little ones... actually they're "thirty parts" of one big tune. back in 2005, too heavy to really hear minutemen stuff for many years, I had to face myself and get the nerve up to hear it again when I agreed to let keith scheiron and tim irwin make the "we jam econo" documentary (many thanks to them and all who helped out on that). I even did a few gigs w/george hurley w/us as a duet doing some of the old tunes and it was trippy for me, like I was digging on how "econo" those tiny tunes were - no filler, right to point and distilled down to the bare nada."

Recorded using D Boon's own Telecaster, the result is one of Mike Watt's most curious projects to date. "oh, it was kind of trippy how this piece was actually made. I wrote all
thirty parts on one of d. boon's telecaster - the black one he got in kent, ohio in 1984. now I'm not a very good guitarist but tom watson was quite the righteous man in his patience and determination to take the palsy demos I gave him and bring them to the piece. he'd join me at my prac pad w/his guitar and me w/d. boon's and while clearing up uncertainties by actually showing him where my fingers were on the neck, we both would play along and I would have raul try out different drum things so I could piece his parts together. I wanted him to stretch from what he was used to but still have it be natural for him. the main thing I was trying to do was get what I considered an "interesting conversation" between them musically."

Mike Watt is set to release 'Hyphenated-Man' on March 1st. For more details on the American tour click HERE.

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