Pearl Jam began recording their 10th album nearly a year ago with longtime producer Brendan O’Brien in Los Angeles, but they’re taking their time finishing the sessions. “We’ve recorded some songs, and we’re going to record and write some more,” says guitarist Stone Gossard. “You never know – it might be that we’re a song or two away, or it might be that we’re going to record six or seven more songs. I think the main thing is that we’re not in a rush and there’s no urgency to it.”
After celebrating its 20th anniversary with a nostalgia-driven festival and a Cameron Crowe documentary last summer, the band hopes to explore some new sounds. Adds Gossard, “I think it’s a good time to experiment and continue to shake it up, so that people can go, ‘Wow, that’s kind of weird for Pearl Jam’ – and then 10 years later they can go, ‘Oh, that’s my favorite period.’ Which is always what happens.”
This story is from the March 29th, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone.