Pearl Jam Making Headway On New Album

It’s looking as though Pearl Jam will soon resume sessions for their followup album to 2020’s Gigaton. Blabbermouth transcribed some of guitarist Stone Gossard‘s chat with Detroit’s WRIF, where he explained, “The plan is that we’re gonna do some more recording, and we’re gonna try to finish a record here pretty soon. There’s songs that are getting close to being done and there’s a bunch that aren’t. And we’re gonna do something here pretty soon.”

Gossard shed light on how the band develops their material: “We do it all the different ways. Sometimes we go in and somebody just brings a riff and we just work it up from the very — ‘I’ve got this and this part,’ and everyone just jams on it. Usually that’s the best formula for us, where everyone’s kind of in the same room. But we all bring in fully realized demos.”

He added, “We’ve got demos for days. Everybody writes in the band, so now it’s really just trying to figure out, really, what’s something different for us and what’s something exciting. And we’re working on that. I think we’ve got a good start on another record that will be hopefully good.”

Stone Gossard told us a while back that the band never sets out with a predetermined goal for a new LP: “It’s very difficult to set out to do something and achieve it, as opposed to just each song, try to make it as good as you can. We set out more like, we’re gonna make a record and we know we’re gonna — everyone’s gonna write some songs, and we’re gonna try to do the best for each of those songs and then we’re gonna see what we’ve got at the end and figure out how to put ’em together, y’know? It’s much less planned than you would imagine.”

Pearl Jam will next perform on February 26th in Tempe, Arizona at the Innings Festival at Tempe Beach Park & Arts Park.