Pearl Jam has released a new single, “Dark Matter.” This catchy, guitar-heavy track is the title track and first listen from the rock band’s 12th LP, released April 19 via Monkeywrench/Republic.
Black mattera sequel to the 2020s Gigaton, was produced by Andrew Watt at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La studio in Malibu. It was recorded in three weeks. A news article on the band’s website notes that the recording “channels the shared spirit of a group of confidants and lifelong creative brothers in one room, playing as if their lives depended on it.”
The group debuted Black matter at a late January listening party at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, with frontman Eddie Vedder telling the crowd, “No hyperbole, I think this is our best work.” »
Last month, guitarist Mike McCready said Classic rock that the album is “much heavier than one might expect”. “It has the melody and energy of the first two records,” he said. “Andrew pushed us to play as hard, melodic and thoughtful as we have in a long time. I feel like Matt Cameron’s drumming has elements of what he did in Soundgarden. For better or worse, you’re going to hear a lot more lead guitar from me, stuff I haven’t done in a long time… Usually the first or second take is the best. After that I start thinking about it and I don’t feel like it anymore. But Andrew caught lightning in a bottle, as they say.
He added of working with Wyatt: “He’s definitely a rock guy at heart – I think we’re his favorite band. When we were in the studio with him last year, he really kicked our ass, kept us focused and played song after song. It took a long time to make Gigaton, but this new one didn’t take long. Andrew said, “You take forever to make records. Let’s do it now.
Pearl Jam will headline the 2024 BottleRock festival in Napa Valley, California in May. This will be Pearl Jam’s first appearance at the festival. This is also their only North American date scheduled, but they will play two European festivals in July. The band is expected to announce further concerts in support of Black matter Soon.
The album packaging features the light painting art of Alexandr Gnezdilov, created using a large kaleidoscope he made himself. It will be available on vinyl and CD, as well as digitally. Black matter is available for pre-order now.
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