Pearl Jam Promise Experimental Album
The band are hoping to release the follow-up to Backspacer this yearWith all of the various members of the band working on their own solo projects or other bands, PLUS a European tour in the pipeline, Pearl Jam are having a little difficulty finding any time in the studio.
However, it seems that they still hope to have their new record out in the not too distant future.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Stone Gossard revealed that the album was taking shape.
"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.”
He added that the new material was shaping up to be more like the band's No Code album, which was perceived as a difficult record when it came out in 1996.
"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.”