Wee Quotes From Mike

by Kathy Davis on July 12, 2009

Well, Pearl Jam are classic. And they do rock. And UK mag Classic Rock has a little chat with Mike about the new record:

Pearl Jam plan to release their ninth studio album, entitled Backspacer, through Universal on September 22. Coming in at a tight 36 minutes (!?!-KD)  the record has been produced by Brendan O’Brien, who last worked with the band on 1992’s (1998-KD) Yield.

Among the songs set for inclusion are The Fixer, Got Some, See My Friend, Just Breathe, The End, Supersonic and Amongst The Waves.

“I’d sum it up as kind of a tight, concise, rock’n’roll record with kind of pop or maybe new wave elements to it,” guitarist Mike McCready told Classic Rock. “It’s a really quick record, but I like that element to it. I like the sparseness of the songs and the way that Brendan pulled us together and made us play as good as we could.”

McCready joined with guitarist Stone Gossard, bassist Jeff Ament and drummer Matt Cameron for some initial writing sessions at Ament’s house in Montana last year, before taking the ideas back to Seattle and singer Eddie Vedder, who brought in a batch of his own tunes too. At Brendan O’Brien’s suggestion, the album was recorded in LA.

“[When] we got together with Ed and it really started getting more cohesive, we took that momentum down to Los Angeles with Brendan,” says McCready. “It was a great idea to get us out of Seattle. You’ve gotta get out your comfort zone, and we’ve talked about doing that for the past ten years and kind of haven’t, so we trusted Brendan’s judgment.”

Pearl Jam will play two UK shows this year, at Manchester MEN Arena on August 17 and London 02 August 18.

Director Cameron Crowe has begun work on a Pearl Jam movie, tentatively set for release in 2011 to coincide with the band’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

“We have thousands of hours of footage of ourselves, going back maybe even to our first show,” says McCready. “We’ve known Cameron forever and we just trust him. He’s a rocker. He was on the road with Zeppelin. We hope to put up a cool movie of our highlights and lowlights.”– Jon Hotten

Thanks again, BKS.

Kathy Davis ( Twitter: @CrookedArm23 )
A Bay-Area based entrepreneur, co-editor Kathy conceives and writes her share of TFT’s articles and sections. She was co-editor/co-founder of one of the first Pearl Jam fanzines "Footsteps" (1992-1997). Kathy’s first Pearl Jam show was at the Bridge School Benefit on November 1, 1992.

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