Earlier this morning, there were hints that Mick Jagger had set up a supergroup of sorts (via New York Post). Now, Rolling Stone has all the details, confirming that the legendary Rolling Stones frontman will collaborate with Eurythmics’ frontman Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, and Damian Marley under the moniker, SuperHeavy. The four have been secretly recording together for the past 18 months and plan to release their group debut in September.
“It’s different from anything else I’ve ever been involved in,” Jagger tells Rolling Stone. “The music is very wide-ranging from reggae to ballads to Indian songs in Urdu.” As the magazine reports, the group formed two years ago, when Stewart approached Jagger with ideas to meld different sounds he’d been picking up.
Stewart tells Rolling Stone: “I live in Lime Hall right above St. Ann’s Bay. It’s kind of the jungle, and sometimes I’d hear three sound systems all playing different things. I always love that, along with Indian orchestras. I said to Mick, How could we make a fusion?’ We were talking about an experiment, and then we started talking about voices. It was all born from that conversation.”
Both Jagger and Stewart digress on the band’s name (Marley came up with it), some new songwriting techniques (one of which included a 22 minute jam shortened into a six minute song), and how it will be, according to Jagger, “a different kind of record than what people would expect.”
For fans hoping to get their kicks off to the Stones this year, well, you might have to wait awhile. Jagger says he “[doesn’t] have any announcement to make at the moment,” concluding that, “[he’s] just, uh, ya know…just doing this right now.”
We’ll see what “this” is later this summer.