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Pearl Jam: Gigaton will have “some really straight ahead rock songs”

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Pearl Jam (Image credit: Danny Clinch)

Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard says the band’s upcoming studio album Gigaton will contain “some really straight ahead rock songs.”

The guitarist was speaking with Zane Lowe on his Apple Music Beats 1 show about the record, and touched on their new single Dance Of The Clairvoyants, which has split opinion among fans.

And while he admits the track is at the “outer edge” of what they’ve recorded before, Gigaton will cover more familiar ground.

Gossard says: “I think that Dance Of The Clairvoyants is sort of the outer edge of something that we haven't tried before – a new way of configuring our collaborative talents. 

“It's going to be the variety that our fans will be excited about. There's definitely some really straight ahead rock songs. There's some very spare and very simple ballads. It's got it all, I think. And it's really us. 

“We really did it by ourselves. Vocalist Eddie Vedder did a great job. There was a pile of songs and he mixed and selected the tracks that really were going to be special. He did such a great job of bringing everybody's personalities out. 

“It was probably different than any of us would have made individually, but it really captures, I think, the spirit of the band.”

Speaking about the timeframe of making Gigaton – the follow-up to Lightning Bolt, Gossard says: “I think the longest it's taken to make a record is three years, something like that. You're getting into Fleetwood Mac territory. But we toured in between then – it wasn't like we didn't do anything. 

“I think it's better than us putting a record out every year. We're a slow-moving creature and I think that's okay. I think the record will be more enjoyable and differentiate itself more by taking a little bit more time.”

He adds: “We're not in a rush... and I think when you don't do a lot, you actually get that feeling again. When you're not out there doing two years of shows for an album cycle and spending way too much time doing it, it makes it a lot more fun.”

Gigaton was revealed last week after a global interactive poster campaign for the record

Pearl Jam have already announced a European tour for this summer, including a headline spot at the prestigious Hyde Park British Summer Time event in London in July, and also recently confirmed a series of US dates for the spring.

Pearl Jam: Gigaton
Pearl Jam will release their 11th studio album Gigaton in March. The follow-up to 2013's Lightning Bolt will feature 12 tracks and it'll be backed with shows in the US and Europe.View Deal

Pearl Jam: Gigatron

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Pearl Jam: Gigaton
1. Who Ever Said
2. Superblood Wolfmoon
3. Dance Of The Clarivoyants
4. Quick Escape
5. Alright
6. Seven O’Clock
7. Never Destination
8.  Take The Long Way
9. Buckle Up
10. Come Then Goes
11. Retrograde
12. River Cross 

Pearl Jam 2020 tour dates
Mar 18: Toronto Scotiabank Arena, ON
Mar 20: Ottowa Canadian Tire Centre, ON
Mar 22: Quebec City Videotron Centre, QC
Mar 24: Hamilton FirstOntario Centre, ON
Mar 28: Baltimore Royal Farms Arena, MD
Mar 30: New York Madison Square Garden, NY
Apr 02: Nashville Bridgestone Arena, TN
Apr 04: St. Louis Enterprise Centre, MO
Apr 06: Oklahoma City Chesapeake Energy Arena, OK
Apr 09: Denver Pepsi Centre, CO
Apr 11: Phoenix Gila River Arena, AZ
Apr 13: San Diego Viejas Arena, CA
Apr 15: Los Angeles Forum, CA
Apr 16: Los Angeles Forum, CA
Apr 18: Oakland Arena, CA
Apr 19: Oakland Arena, CA
Jun 23: Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany
Jun 25: Berlin Walduhne, Germany
Jun 27: Stockholm Lollapalooza Stockholm, Sweden
Jun 29: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Jul 02: Werchter Rock Werchter Festival, Belgium
Jul 05: Imola Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino, Italy
Jul 07: Vienna Stadhalle, Austria
Jul 10: London, BST Hyde Park, UK
Jul 13: Krakow Tauron Arena, Poland
Jul 15: Budapest Arena, Hungary
Jul 17: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland
Jul 19: Paris Lollapalooza Paris, France
Jul 22: Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, Netherlands
Jul 23: Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, Netherlands

Scott Munro

News editor for Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. He’s been at the news desk since 2014 and when not writing, he can be found watching baseball and visiting whisky distilleries.