Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament revealed in a new Rolling Stone article that he will be releasing a new solo album titled Heaven/Hell in March. Ament is following in the footsteps of his bandmate Matt Cameron, who released his debut solo album Cavedweller last year.
Ament also discussed his favorite 2017 albums with Rolling Stone.
“The last few months of 2017 was filled with so many great records by St. Vincent, War On Drugs, LCD Soundsystem, Mogwai, At the Drive-in, Angel Olsen, Lemon Twigs, Lo Moon and others earlier in the year by Grandaddy, Zeal & Ardor, Portugal. The Man, Father John Misty, Mark Eitzel and the xx,” he says. “It’s hard to pick just five tunes. Proof that there’s more great music being made than ever.”
Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron has shared a look at his ‘office.’ Cameron didn’t clarify if he is working on Pearl Jam’s new album, but if he is it would be the first photo from the sessions for the band’s first album since 2013’s Lightning Bolt. Cameron released his debut solo album last year, and Soundgarden have unreleased demos from the followup album to King Animal that was never finished due to Chris Cornell’s death last year.
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was recently interviewed on The Powell Movement, and he revealed that Pearl Jam are indeed hard at work on a new album, their first since 2013’s Lightning Bolt. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.
“We’ve sort of been in writing mode here in Seattle the last couple of months. A typical day is getting together with anywhere from one to four of the guys and making music.”
He also discussed dealing with newfound fame with Pearl Jam in the early 90’s.
“The challenge for me was, I grew up in a small town, everybody knew each other, but everybody sort of left everybody alone. There wasn’t a ton of energy around how people interact in a small town. Immediately you go to a big city, and I wanted that energy, but then when the energy comes with non anonymity, it’s a weird thing.
It’s far worse now, now the average kid doesn’t have anonymity, because if he screws up, somebody’s got an iPhone on it, and all of a sudden it’s up on somebody’s Instagram account, and it’s forever. So in some ways, what I was going through in 1992 with the band and all of that is not that different than what a kid is dealing with.
It’s just the way technology has changed. I had a hard time with it, I think I always felt like I could sort of ride my bike around town and I could lurk around and do my thing, and nobody would bug me. I ended up going out to Montana to visit some friends, and there was something about that whole world where it seemed like there was less expectation on me.”