Jane Says: Eric Avery, bassist for Jane's Addiction, will release his solo debut this spring.
Help Wanted is due April 8, reports Billboard.com, via the Dangerbird label. It features guest appearances by Flea, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and Garbage vocalist Shirley Manson.
“They’re all friends of mine, so it was kind of an informal invite,” Avery told Billboard.com. “I played about two-thirds of the music, aside from the drums.”
Avery says the album was inspired by a wide variety of influences. “I’ve always had really eclectic musical taste—Flipper, Joy Division, Black Flag, Yes and Bronze,” he said. “The only cohesive aspect to the record is that it’s really eclectic.”
His diverse taste shines through on the single “All Remote and No Control,” which can be sampled on Avery's MySpace page here.
“The drumming is Taylor Hawkins’, and he’s got a very ‘70s rock feel. The bass and guitar part are more late ‘80s. The guitar part reminds me of Siouxsie and the Banshees.”
Avery plans on composing a soundtrack for director Abel Ferrara’s upcoming documentary about New York’s famed Chelsea Hotel. There is nothing in the works, however, for a tour to support the album. Sincere thanks for making that clear, Eric. Led Zeppelin reps could learn from you.