Pearl Jam album took two years
Pearl Jam had to take a long break from work on upcoming album Lightning Bolt, says guitarist Mike McCready.
They completed seven songs two years ago, with the assistance of producer Brendan O’Brien – but then they called a halt before gathering to finish the job earlier this year.
McCready tells Music Radar: “We had to pull back. We had to take some time to figure out what we wanted to do. About four months ago we started up again with a brand new batch of songs.
“I think getting away from them, and taking the time to do it, and discussing with Brendan, having many meetings between ourselves about these things, yet keeping it fresh while we were recording it – I think it’s helped.
“It’s going to be a really cool record and I’m very excited about it. Every artist says that about their new thing, but I feel like we’ve been through a long journey to get there, and it was totally worth it.”
Pearl Jam last week confirmed the follow-up to 2009′s Backspacer will appear on October 14 (15 in the US) via their Monkeywrench label. The band kick off a US tour on October 11 in Pittsburgh, and wind up in home town Seattle on December 6.
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