Tres Mts. Interview, Vedder Exclusive Oz Tee + Reminders

by Kathy Davis on March 9, 2011

Tres. Mts. Update:  The great folks over at PearlJamOnline have a great full-length interview with Three Fish/Tres. Mts. – and Pearl Jam precursor Luv. Co. (!)- drummer Richard Steverud. If you haven’t seen it, click on the above link,  head on over there and read the thing – it’s full of juicy trivia. Well done.  Here’s a tasty snippet:

“The Tres Mts. record, I think represents a pretty solid collaboration and experimentation that each of us had a chance to take some chances with, which gives the overall record a nice dynamic. It’s interesting to reflect on how the concept aspect of it evolved, as the recording sessions took place with quite a bit of space and time in between. There were a lot of loose ends on the music end, but Dug worked rather quickly with lyrics and vocals which is quite extraordinary to watch ( I had the privilege of recording with Eddie and Jeff for a demo of “Nothing man” and was astonished at how quickly Eddie had written the lyrics and come up with the melody for the song!). Dug works in a similar way. A lot of the lyrics seemed to come naturally and there was a pervasive element that questioned organized religion and the politics of the time (these were the unfortunate Bush years… a very difficult time for America). It was such a fine line between the separation of church and state during these years (still is i suppose).

But not all of the songs go to this place and there are certainly other lighthearted moments on the record, lyrically, but there is a bit of a theme that ties things together. I think after 3/4 of the material was recorded, we really felt that we had a interesting landscape of music happening. Pretty intense rockers, some funk, certainly the blues rock vibe along with the mellow tunes presented something we could rally around.”

Don’t forget, Tres Mts. record is released March 8th (listed as March 15th at PearlJam.com -get yours here if you haven’t). Their mini-tour in support of the release kicks of in Seattle March 16th; they’ll be joined by Pearl Jam guitar whiz Mike McCready on the whole tour.  In addition to the below dates, the band will be on Jimmy Fallon on Friday, March 24th.

And be sure and listen in to Pearl Jam Radio on Sirius Ch. 17/XM39 Wednesday March 9th – on the eve of his 48th birthday, Jeff is on with longtime Montana pal Tim Bierman and The Rob on the All Encompassing Trip:

Jeff Ament on The All Encompassing Trip Tonight 5:00 pm ET Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament is our guest this week on Pearl Jam Radio’s live fan roundtable call-in show, The All Encompassing Trip. He’ll talk about his side project, Tres Mts., whose new album Three Mountains will be released the day before, Tuesday, March 8. Fans can call in to participate at 855-9-PEARLJAM. Rebroadcast: March 8th 3:00 am ET; Fri 3/11 12:00 pm ET; Sat 3/12 9:00 am ET; Sun 3/13 9:00 pm ET

By the way, if you don’t subscribe to Sirius and happen to have the Dish Network as your Satellite TV provider, they do include Pearl Jam Sirius radio with their America’s 250 package in many areas – in the San Francisco Bay Area , it’s on Channel 6017-score!

Annnd in the Eddie Vedder Solo Tour Dept.: Volcom along with Australian Surfwear Chain Waves have partnered with Ed to offer a limited edition 2011 Tour T-Shirt; through March 27th you can win 2 passes to see Ed on tour – plus you get a free download code giving you access to an “unreleased” video of “You’re True”. Here’s the flyer:

Australians, link to find a Waves Shop near you is here.  Other countries, I don’t see a link to purchase online, so find an Aussie friend and get them to pick you up one. The retail chain is a family-operated concern that sounds committed to giving back to the people of Western Australia and the environment, so it sounds like a good fit.  Ed’s solo tour kicks off  Friday, March 10th in Brisbane; here’s the full schedule:

  • 10 March QPAC Concert Hall Brisbane, QLD
  • 12 March QPAC Concert Hall Brisbane, QLD
  • 13 March QPAC Concert Hall Brisbane, QLD
  • 15 March Royal Theatre Canberra, ACT
  • 16 March Civic Theatre Newcastle, NSW
  • 18 March State Theatre Sydney, NSW
  • 19 March State Theatre Sydney, NSW
  • 20 March State Theatre Sydney, NSW
  • 24 March Palais Theatre Melbourne, VIC
  • 25 March Palais Theatre Melbourne, VIC
  • 27 March Thebarton Theatre Adelaide, SA
  • 28 March Thebarton Theatre Adelaide, SA
  • 31 March Riverside Theatre Perth, WA
  • 1 April Riverside Theatre Perth, WA

While we’ll certainly do our best to provide news and tour info, Paul Andrews (owner of the fabulously-named Website Development company Long Road) has created a fantastic Eddie Vedder 2011 Australian Solo Tour website that  is a wonderful fan resource for all things EV Down Under; check out the solo tour site here.

Our PJ boys may not have nailed anything down together, but they are sure keeping us busy with a ton of great music.

Solo & side project Rock!

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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