The Pulse Of Radio reports that the recording of PEARL JAM‘s 10th studio album is underway earlier than anticipated, according to RollingStone.com. The site caught up with frontman Eddie Vedder at the Los Angeles studio where the band has been working, noting that the project is “coming together faster than the band expected.” Vedder remarked at the beginning of the interview, “I don’t want to jinx it, but it’s on!”
Vedder himself released a new solo album, “Ukulele Songs”, on Tuesday (May 31), consisting almost entirely of just him singing and playing the tracks on ukulele. Vedder explained, “I just wanted it to be the one sound. At first it was kind of a joke, and then it became a little bit of a challenge, a puzzle, to see if I could create 11 or 12 songs with just a ukulele. It’s like painting with one color.”
The singer is touring behind the album this month, while PEARL JAM will continue its 20th anniversary celebration with its own two-day festival on Labor Day weekend and the release of Cameron Crowe‘s documentary “Pearl Jam: Twenty” and an accompanying book this fall.
Bassist Jeff Ament told The Pulse Of Radio that he’s ready to leave the past behind — which included recent reissues of the band’s first three albums — and focus on the new record. “If every two years we were doing one of those kind of box set, you know, like a group of two records or whatever, that would be fine,” he said. “But I think that with the movie and this book and all that stuff, I’m ready to make a new record.”
Vedder also doesn’t want to wallow in PEARL JAM nostalgia too long, saying, “I feel like we have to keep our eyes on the road. Being nostalgic is like taking an offramp and getting a sandwich — and then you get back on the highway. I don’t want to be spending the rest of my life at the gas station.”