In this politically safe day and age, band members often tone down their hyperbole to make sure they aren’t caught foot-in-mouth later. Stone Gossard, guitarist for grunge band Pearl Jam, was quoted this week with a statement that is probably the safest thing one could say about an upcoming album. While trying to promote his new solo album, Moonlander, that is out on June 25, he said “[the new Pearl Jam album is] almost done and as far as what it sounds like, it sounds like Pearl Jam. You’re going to hear some rock songs and you’re going to hear some quiet songs and you’ll hear some songs in between. That’s all I can really say about it because we aren’t talking about it yet so it doesn’t make much sense for me to say anything.”
So, Pearl Jam fans, you can rest easy knowing the new Pearl Jam album does not sound like Fall Out Boy, Neutral Milk Hotel, the Deftones, Nickelback, or the Divinyls. It sounds like Pearl Jam.
In better news, he obviously believes it’s almost finished. Given that they’re not on a major label’s timetable anymore, however, that could mean the album will be released anywhere from a few weeks to a few years from now. But it’s going to sound like Pearl Jam.