A couple of months ago, Seattle’s favourite sons, Pearl Jam, released a new single, “Can’t Deny Me.” This led fans to believe that a new album would soon arrive. Well, hold your horses.
The single release certainly came as a surprise, along with the mention that it would appear on a forthcoming studio album. According to bassist Jeff Ament, the band doesn’t expect to release their 11th-studio album until 2019, at the earliest.
Asked by Jeff Sweatman of 106.1 The Corner for an update, Ament said, “We have a bunch of stuff that’s sort of partly written. Unfortunately, we have rehearsals coming up for Europe and the shows this summer, so it’s in a little bit of a limbo state right now. We still need to record it; we haven’t really recorded anything. But there are a lot of ideas.”
Ament added that the band has reached a stage in its career where they strive for artistic integrity while not succumbing to pressure. “We aren’t gonna put a ton of pressure on the situation. We really wanna make something great, and we wanna have the freedom to live with some of these ideas for a while and then maybe record them in a different way. I think it bodes well for whatever the next album is.”
For the meantime, Pearl Jam will concentrate on their upcoming shows. Ament said that once the touring subsides, thoughts will turn to recording new music: “We just need a good six to eight weeks carved out where we’re just in recording all these ideas we have.”
“Can’t Deny Me” was co-produced by the band and long-time collaborator Brendan O’Brien. The music was written by guitarist Mike McCready and lyrics by singer Eddie Vedder.
While the band hasn’t committed time in the studio to new music, earlier this month (May 10), Ament released his third solo album, titled ‘Heaven/Hell.’ He is the second member of the group to issue a solo effort in the past year, following drummer Matt Cameron’s solo debut, ‘Cavedweller’ in late 2017.