Pearl Jam Update From Eddie Vedder

Pearl Jam have been working on new music, on and off, over the past year or so.

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Pearl Jam have been working on new music, on and off, over the past year or so.

The Seattle rockers have purposely not set a timetable for a new album, as the band members continue to work on solo projects and tours.

Now, in a new interview with Rolling Stone - centered around his involvement with the West Memphis Three frontman Eddie Vedder was asked for an update on Pearl Jam's latest recording project.

"Um, maybe halfway there," explains Vedder. "We're taking our time. I was talking to Jeff [Ament] today, we were texting, he's got his group up there. He's heading to the West Coast, I'm heading east. And we're out here like, you know, like Johnny Appleseed. He's covering part of the country. I'm doing the other. And at some point we'll join forces again for sure, but the band is as healthy as ever and I'm sure it's good to get a little break from each other, but it's nice to we'll be ready to go when we're ready to go."

As for a "sound" or direction to the tracks completed so far, Eddie says, "It just comes out. It sounds like it sounds like. We really work together as a unit these days. It's really the compilation of all the parts. It's not like one guy trying to tell everybody, These are my songs. This is what it should sound like.' We've figured out after all these years that if everybody just puts their stamp on it, then it sounds how we want it to. Then it sounds new, 'cause everyone is growing, you know. Everyone is growing after all these years."

Read more with Eddie Vedder at Rolling Stone here.

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    I hope Pearl Jam returns to their Ten era sound, that album was a masterpiece
    Ten was pretty good. Also a big fan of binaural. Can't remember what the avocado one with the blue background was but I enjoyed that album too.
    Always loved the PJ, always will, but Ed's Into the Wild soundtrack actually impressed me more than the last record. Maybe they should watch a movie and write music to it, then release it as a regular album without telling which movie it is that they drew their inspiration from ...or maybe I'm just looking for an excuse to play their record over and over while watching random music just to see if any of 'em match up Pink Floyd/Wizard of Oz style
    Kicking off in 2013 with plenty of good news I see, UG.
    That moment when you click on the news page to see the rest of the news and finds out that three musicians lost their lives in the last couple of days...
    anvil is god
    Sounds great, but Backspacer disappointed me.
    Agreed on being a bit disapponted with Backspacer - even after listening through it a bunch of times over the last couple of years, it still all sounds a bit samey overall with no track really standing out apart from 'The End', at least in my opinion. I think a lot of the great PJ albums are ones where each song has a unique feel and personality to it, whereas most of Backspacer (definitely the first half) all seemed to be relatively the same kind of thing. On a side note: every Pearl Jam fan needs to see PJ20, it's a great watch and really shows how dedicated, honest, genuine and sincere they are. They're not my absolute favourite band (definitely up there though) but everything about them is just a textbook example of how to be a great band.
    I hope pearl jam tours with Soundgarden and invites Alice in Chains along.. Tool will have their album out before pearl
    Do I eat them? Raw or well done? Do I trick them? I don't think they're that dumb Do I join them? Looks like that's the one!
    Its nice to hear just how relaxed they seem to be about the whole thing. They're enjoying themselves and their careers, and don't feel obligated to force a bunch of filler music out to make a deadline. At the same time, this relazed approach and willingness to do side-projects still isn't producing QOTSA or Tool-like album gaps. If anyone has seen Cameron Crowe's great documentary, Pearl Jam 20, you also get this impression.
    i like Eddie Vedder, not just as an artist, but as a person too, he's the kind of that gives a **** about the things that matter, but are not directly affecting him. There needs to be more people like him.