Pearl Jam Taking Their Time With Adventurous New Album
Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard gives an update on the band’s currently in-the-works album, revealing that they’re “not in a rush” to finish the disc right away and are instead focusing on breaking new musical ground.
Pearl Jam’s new album is one of the most anticipated rock albums of the year, but with Eddie Vedder embarking on a solo tour, Stone Gossard releasing a new disc with Brad, and drummer Matt Cameron splitting time between PJ and Soundgarden — it looks like they may have trouble finding time to hit the studio…and that’s before you look at their European summer tour. While promoting Brad’s new album ‘United We Stand,’ Gossard gave Rolling Stone an update on the upcoming 10th album from the Seattle rock vets:
“We’ve recorded some songs, and we’re going to record and write some more. You never know, it might be that we’re a song away or two, or it might be that we’re going to record six or seven more songs. I think the main thing is that were not in a rush and there’s no urgency to it. The most important thing is that we put something out that continues to expand our boundaries rather than trying to follow what we’ve done in the past. I think it’s a good time to hopefully continue to experiment, and continue to shake it up. So that people can go “Wow, that’s kind of weird for Pearl Jam,” and then 10 years later they can go, ‘Oh, that’s my favorite period.’ Which is always kind of what happens. You try something and at first everybody doesn’t necessarily understand it, and then you look back and you go, thank God we tried something new, because it really opened a door up for us to be able to do this and this and this beyond that.”
Stone further compares the new album to that of 1996’s ‘No Code,’ their fourth studio album that wasn’t the most well-received outing for the band. “That was the first record where the record company and maybe even some of the press were going, ‘It doesn’t make any sense,'” Gossard recalls. “But this record is refreshingly cool, because it’s just us in the studio screwing around, not taking it too seriously. I think that’s one of the biggest problems in rock is people thinking too much, putting too much emphasis on getting things perfect or completely sorted out. Sometimes that sound of not having everything sorted out is kind of cool.”