Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament says the band are yet to commence work on their upcoming 11th studio record.
The Seattle rockers premiered the politically-charged song ‘Can’t Deny Me’ in March and announced on their official website that it was the first taster of their new album.
Now, in an interview US radio station 106.1 The Corner, Jeff has confirmed that fans will have to wait a while for the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Lightning Bolt’.
Asked for an update on the album’s progress, Jeff said (via Blabbermouth): "I wish I had an answer for you. We have a bunch of stuff that's sort of partly written.
“Unfortunately, we have rehearsals coming up for Europe and the shows this summer, so it's in a little bit of a limbo state right now. We still need to record it; we haven't really recorded anything. But (there are) a lot of ideas.”
He continued: "We've sort of been telling ourselves that we weren't gonna put a ton of pressure on the situation.
"We really wanna make something great, and we wanna have the freedom to live with some of these ideas for a while and then maybe record them in a different way. We're sort of exploring all sorts of different things right now. So, I think it bodes well for whatever the next album is."
The upcoming record will be co-produced by the band alongside long-term collaborator Brendan O’Brien who helmed 1993’s ‘Vs.’, 1994’s ‘Vitalogy’, 1996’s ‘No Code’, 1998’s ‘Yield’, 2009’s ‘Backspacer’ and ‘Lightning Bolt’.
Pearl Jam play two completely and utterly sold-out shows at London’s The O2 this coming June.