Pearl Jam Talk New Album: "We're at Least at the Halfway Point"

Pearl Jam Talk New Album: 'We're at Least at the Halfway Point'
In addition to celebrating their 20th anniversary, grunge gods Pearl Jam previously promised that they would soon get to work on their next LP. True to their word, they have been busy recording, and the band's Jeff Ament recently revealed that they already have a number of new tunes in the bag.

"We're at least at the halfway point," the bassist revealed to Rolling Stone. "The first handful of songs we had are a great, great start. It's been really important for us that in the middle of all this, we got together and recorded a bunch of songs. It sort of gave us a breath to go, 'Okay, we can go back and get ready for the show and book and movie and all that stuff.'"

Pearl Jam's latest sessions took place this past spring in Los Angeles at Henson Recording Studios. Once again, producer Brendan O'Brien was at the helm.

"We made the bulk of our records in Seattle, so it's just great to get out of Seattle for me," Ament said of the decision to head to California. "Everybody leaves all their stuff at home and you just go down for 12 days and it's all you do. It's like, go to a hotel and sleep, get a little breakfast, go back to the studio, repeat. There's just nothing else. It's taken us a long time to figure out how to do it right and have it take less time than it sometimes does. We're excited."

Pearl Jam have been busy promoting their anniversary releases (and Eddie Vedder's recent solo album), so they haven't had time to finish the album. But they recently released the hard-hitting new track "Olé" and hope to wrap up recording by early 2012.

Manager Kelly Curtis added, "They knocked out a bunch of songs in just a couple weeks with Brendan, and everybody was blown away. It's hard for them to sit on that shit. They're raring to go forward."

The new album will be the follow-up to 2009's Backspacer, making it Pearl Jam's tenth studio effort overall.