If you're seeing an awesome illustration up top, it means you've found one of the nine pieces of Backspacer album art that Pearl Jam are hiding all over the Internet today. Click it to head to Pearl Jam's official site and add the image to your set of nine snapshots — once you find them all, there is a reward (keep reading ...)
For Backspacer's artwork, the band enlisted their friend and political cartoonist Tom Tomorrow. "The artwork collaboration between Tom Tomorrow and the band for this album is so compelling, we felt like it deserved its own online gallery showcase," said Tim Bierman, the manager of Pearl Jam's Ten Club, who as Rock Daily previously reported, is already taking pre-orders for Backspacer. The band's ninth LP is due out September 20th.
There is some extra incentive for fans to scour the 'Net looking for the remaining Backspacer art: Once fans find the other eight images, they'll nab a "free download." Also, the Backspacer art gallery (click the image to go there) is currently streaming the album's first single "The Fixer." "The Fixer" debuted on radio last week.
Pearl Jam have a long history of collaborating with artists — check out some of their coolest poster art here: Pearl Jam in Posters: A Gallery of Illustrated Tour Art.
Backspacer was produced by Brendan O'Brien, who's back working with the band for the first time since 1998's Yield. After a one-off show in Calgary, Alberta, and a brief European trek, Pearl Jam officially begin touring North America on August 21st with a performance at Toronto's Molson Amphitheatre. Fans can expect to get a preview of some Backspacer tracks like "Got Some" — which the band played on The Tonight Show — and "The Fixer," plus possibly songs like "The End" and "Speed of Sound" that Eddie Vedder recently debuted during his solo tour.
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