Pearl Jam are scheduled to hit the studio later this year to record the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Backspacer.’
Bassist Jeff Ament recently told Billboard that the Seattle band has already written 25 new songs.
“We did a whole bunch of demos and everybody’s got a disc of 25 [songs] right now,” Ament stated. “April will be the time where we get together and learn to play all these demos and figure out which 12-15 of them float to the top. Hopefully we can get something done this year.”
“There’s been so much focus on the past that I think all of us are really excited to make a new record and have something to look forward to because we’ve been digging in the boxes in our basement a lot the last year or so,” Ament adds.
Also in the works for the band are reissues of their second and third albums, 1993’s ‘Vs.’ and 1994’s ‘Vitalogy,’ due out on March 29. Additionally, this year will see the release of the Cameron Crowe-directed documentary and book celebrating the band’s 20th anniversary. Frontman Eddie Vedder is also said to be planning a solo tour in support of his forthcoming album.
Top everything off with plans for Pearl Jam’s Twenty festival this summer and this may very well be Pearl Jam’s busiest year to date. Full details and lineup for the festival are expected to be announced by Pearl Jam in April.