Pearl Jam ‘over halfway through’ recording new album

Bassist Jeff Ament says band are on course to finish new LP in early 2012

Pearl Jam have reached the halfway point of the recording of their new album and are hoping to complete the sessions by early next year.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, bassist Jeff Ament said that the grunge veterans have made a “great, great start” on their 10th studio LP, which will be the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Backspacer’.

The band have been recording the album with longtime producer Brendan O’Brien, although they have been working on the material in Los Angeles rather than their usual native Seattle – something Ament said has helped them work efficiently.


Ament commented:

We made the bulk of our records in Seattle, so it’s just great to get out of Seattle for me. Everybody leaves all their stuff at home and you just go down for 12 days and it’s all you do.

He added that hitting the studio has given the band added impetus at a time when they’re promoting their new documentary Pearl Jam Twenty and accompanying book. “It’s been really important for us that in the middle of all this, we got together and recorded a bunch of songs. It sort of gave us a breath to go, ‘OK, we can go back and get ready for the show and book and movie and all that stuff’,” Ament remarked.

Cameron Crowe’s film, which features live footage and recent interviews, is being screened at 75 UK cinemas tonight (September 20).

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