Filthy Friends

Filthy Friends is a rock supergroup based in Portland, Oregon. The band is fronted by Corin Tucker (of Sleater-Kinney) and guitarist Peter Buck (formerly of R.E.M. and Tired Pony). The other members of the band include alumni from bands such as the Minus 5, King Crimson, The Baseball Project and Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3.

Filthy Friends
Filthy Friends in 2017
Background information
OriginUnited States
Years active2014–present
LabelsKill Rock Stars
Associated acts
Past members
Filthy Friends in 2017, from left to right: Kurt Bloch, Scott McCaughey, Corin Tucker, Peter Buck (Linda Pitmon is obscured)

The band, with the tentative name of Super Earth, first convened in the studio in 2014. This line-up consisted of Tucker, Buck, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Minus 5 and Young Fresh Fellows multi-instrumentalist and singer Scott McCaughey, Fastbacks and Young Fresh Fellows guitarist Kurt Bloch and Ministry drummer Bill Rieflin.[1] Novoselic would later depart the band, however, with McCaughey taking over on bass duties.

In 2016, now under the official moniker of Filthy Friends, the band performed a series of live shows in tribute to the late David Bowie.[2] Later that year, the group released its first song. "Despierta" – Spanish for "awake" – criticized then-U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, and was written as part of the 30 Days, 30 Songs project.[3] "Any Kind of Crowd", the group's debut single, was released on March 1, 2017, which was later included on a 7" that also featured a cover of Roxy Music's "Editions of You" as its B-side. It was released via Kill Rock Stars the following April.[4] Their debut album, Invitation, was announced June 20, along with lead single "The Arrival".[5] The album was released that August. Although Rieflin played on the album, he had left the band by the time it was released. He was replaced by Linda Pitmon, who had worked with both Buck and McCaughey in their band The Baseball Project.

In February 2019, the band announced its second studio album, Emerald Valley, which was released on May 3. The announcement came with the release of the single "Last Chance County."[6]


Current members

  • Kurt Bloch – lead guitar (2014–present)
  • Peter Buck – rhythm guitar (2014–present)
  • Scott McCaughey – keyboards, backing vocals (2014–present), bass (2015–present), third guitar (2014–2015)
  • Corin Tucker – lead vocals, occasional third guitar (2014–present)
  • Linda Pitmon – drums, backing vocals (2017–present)

Former members



  1. Martins, Chris. "Krist Novoselic Joins Super-Earth Supergroup With Peter Buck, Corin Tucker". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. Reed, Ryan (24 October 2016). "Hear R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney Supergroup's Anti-Donald Trump Song, 'Despierta'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  3. Geslani, Michelle (21 October 2016). "Sleater-Kinney and R.E.M. supergroup Filthy Friends take down Trump on new song "Despierata" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  4. Sodomsky, Sam. "Listen to Sleater-Kinney/R.E.M. Supergroup Filthy Friends' New Song "Any Kind of Crowd"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  5. Grant, Sarah (June 20, 2017). "Sleater-Kinney, R.E.M. Supergroup Unveil Debut Album, Talk Anti-Trump Shows". Rolling Stone. Wenne rMedia.
  6. Sodomsky, Sam (February 11, 2019). "Filthy Friends (Sleater-Kinney, R.E.M.) Announce New Album, Share Song: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  7. "Filthy Friends - 30 Days, 30 Songs". 30 Days 30 Songs. Retrieved June 22, 2020.