's frontman Eddie Vedder
has certainly been keeping busy as of late. In addition to recently releasing a solo album consisting almost entirely of ukulele songs (called wait for it "Ukulele Songs
") and embarking on a solo tour to support the new material, the vocalist/guitarist is also working on a new album with Pearl Jam after just celebrating their 20th anniversary.
In an interview conducted by Rolling Stone
, Vedder spoke quite a bit about "Ukulele Songs" and why he chose to write an entire album using solely the ukulele:
"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. You can really appreciate the subtleties and changes in tone.
With Vedder's tour starting in just a couple of weeks, he also discussed how he felt about performing as a solo musician:
"It makes you really appreciate being in a group and just being able to ride with no hands every once in a while. Playing with the band is like being at a party and talking really loud the solo shows are like when you find a quiet back corner to have a deeper conversation.
When asked if he was feeling nostalgic about Pearl Jam's anniversary, Vedder replied:
"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.
Vedder went on to say that "that and nothing else
" is the reason why Pearl Jam have returned to the studio so quickly.