New Pearl Jam Record Will Be 'Way Better Than 'Backspacer,'' Says Guitarist Mike McCready

However, the release date remains unknown, as the band is currently just in the mixing process, the guitarist explains.

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The new Pearl Jam release is steaming up to be a good one, and guitarist Mike McCready isn't afraid to say it.

As the most informative member of the Seattle five-piece when it comes to new album details, McCready once again went on to discuss the upcoming record, describing it as "way better" than the group's previous effort, 2009's "Backspacer."

When asked about the release date of the yet-untitled record during a recent KIRO Radio interview, the guitarist commented, "I've been told by the powers that be I can't say anything yet because we are just mixing it right now. [The powers that] are basically the five of us and our manager, we sit down and talk about - honestly, we don't have a date for it yet."

"[Just] know that it's going to be way better than 'Backspacer,' I think. It's just different," McCready added. "It's going to be great. I'm very happy about it and we're not done with it yet. I'm not sure when it's out, but it should be out someday [laughs]."

According to the latest info, the new record is "almost done" and should most definitely hit the stores by early 2014. As far as the album's sound goes, it was initially labeled as experimental, just to be more thoroughly described by McCready as somewhat of a mix between legendary Pink Floyd and Irish rockers U2.

"I think the fans will hear what we are and where we are at now, it's going to be to their liking I think, it is to us," the guitarist told Grunge Report. "We haven't figured it out exactly what everything is that is going to be on this record. Some of the standout tracks on there are pretty amazing. Matt wrote a really cool one that's kind of ethereal meets U2ness, I wrote kind of a punk rock one and a Pink Floyd thing, so there's all these kinds of things going on."

"Backspacer" came out back in September 2009 via band's own label Monkeywrench Records. As their first Billboard 200 chart topper since 1996's "No Code," it was ultimately certified as Gold by the RIAA in January 2010.

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    Wait, Backspacer is considered a bad album? What the hell, it was amazing.
    After glimpsing the title, I specifically read this article to say this.
    What if he's saying "Backspacer was awesome. This is going to be even more awesome than awesome"? Regardless of what he meant, that's how I'm taking it.
    Some bands just can't make a bad record. Pearl Jam is one of those bands R.E.M. had that quality, Radiohead is one of 'em, Tool and Led Zeppelin come to mind, QOTSA, Rush, Hendrix, King Crimson, perhaps Soundgarden and Sublime... Sure, most of these bands have also produced records that evoked a sense of unfulfillment among their fanbase - perhaps even plain disappointment- but if you take a step back and review the output of a band like Pearl Jam you're always gonna end up thinking "yup, that's a pretty solid career right there" Even their least popular records feature a few gems, and it's always a joy to see 'em live. They make me jelly
    Shwilly I totally agree... except for backspacer.... and sublime - they didn't have the chance to prove you right..
    Yea... all filler no killer. Love PJ but that was a letdown that sounded mailed in...
    Mike McCready is awesome. I saw him playing with Walking Papers at Pain in the Grass 2012 in Washington. I waved and he stared and waved back at me... while delivering a kick-ass guitar solo! He didn't miss a beat! After his set, he gave his two FX pedals he was using to the people in the mosh pit. McCready is the ****ing man.
    McCready is my hero... He has Crohn's Disease just as I do! Shows that nothing can stop him
    This just in: I'm gonna do the same thing this year. Walking Papers is gonna be here again at a bigger venue hosted by the same festival-group. Fuck. Yes.
    I'm way too excited for this. Mike and Stone are seriously underrated guitarists too, they deserve more recognition if you ask me
    It's rare when you see a musician throw one of their previous albums under the bus. I actually liked Backspacer but I'm excited for the new one!
    Backspacer = 36 minutes of music Better = Longer (my gf told me before she dumped me haha)
    Mike McCready flippin' rules! I could listen to him playing an elastic band. Is there anyone (alive) that plays with more emotion that that guy? I doubt it. Peace.
    My only problem with Backspacer was the lack of guitar solos. Hopefully they're bringing them back.
    In comparison to Albums like No Code, Binaural, Yield and Riot Act. I thought Backspacer and 'Pearl Jam' were pretty dull and generic sounding. I prefer when they experiment with their sound.
    "Better" is such an odd, subjective statement to come from a member of the band. I'd rather hear how the album is going to be different instead. Of course the artist is going to think the album they're currently working on and putting all of their creativity towards is "better" than the previous album of material they're burnt out on because they just toured it for years. Also, can you imagine the interview where the artist is asked about the upcoming album and they respond with "Well, it's not as good as our last one!" haha
    Awesome I loved "Backspacer" so something better will be great. Quite a few of my friends hated it and just wanted another "Ten" or "Vitality".
    Really wouldn't be very hard to beat that album. Wasn't a big fan of it...
    Backspacer was just ****ing great - can't believe if they can pull something similar (in quality) off again!
    A lot of people hated Fixer when it came out.. Actually it's a fav of mine now to hear live, as well as Got Some. It is what it is though. I don't see kids these days picking of a PJ record and being like" OMFG this is the greatest shit ever!" Like I was when I first heard Ten. PJ has their sound and I think most people that support them are long time fans. I'm sure they pick up some every new album, but not like the 90s. PErsonally as a PJ fan since the beginning, I normally have to listen to the record a few times through before I start to settle into the sound since they normally evolve each new album that comes out. also, PJ Fucking rocks |,,|
    PJ was so much better in the early days, but let's face it, they will never make anything as good as Ten or VS, but we always can hope
    Good news, but its frustrating that they haven't released more dates. Looking for Wrigley tickets since they first went on sale, looking at $260 for 3rd deck seats.
    Um, if the album is "almost done", why are they going to wait until 2014 to release it?