Mike McCready On New Pearl Jam Record, It’s A Lot Heavier Than You’d Expect’

Pearl Jam is getting ready to release a new album in 2024. Guitarist Mike McCready recently discussed the upcoming album, a follow-up to their 2020 release ‘Gigaton,’ in an interview with Classic Rock magazine. About the Andrew Watt-produced album, he shared:

“It’s a lot heavier than you’d expect. There’s the melody and energy of the first couple of records. Andrew pushed us to play as hard and, melodic and thoughtful as we’ve done in a long time. I feel like Matt Cameron’s drumming has elements of what he did in Soundgarden. “

Detailing his part in it, McCready added:

“For better or worse, you’re gonna hear a lot more lead guitar from me, stuff I haven’t done in a long time. I went crazy, like with Chris Cornell and Temple Of The Dog on ‘Reach Down’ [1991], all those years ago. I got to do it again. Usually, the first or second takes are best. After that I start thinking about it, and it doesn’t have the feel. But Andrew caught the lightning in a bottle, as they say.”

Details On The Upcoming Album

The exact release date of this untitled album is not yet known, but it is expected to come out shortly before Pearl Jam starts their world tour in Spring 2024.

According to the band’s guitarist, there’s a lot to expect from the upcoming record, which will be worth the four-year wait since the release of ‘Gigaton’:

“We have a bunch of songs tracked. We worked with Andrew Watt, who’s a younger pop producer-type guy, but he’s really a rock guy at heart – I think we’re his favorite band. When we were in the studio with him this past year, he really kicked our a**es, got us focused, and playing song after song. It took a long time to make ‘Gigaton,’ but this new one didn’t take long. Andrew was like: ‘You guys take forever to make records. Let’s do this, right now.'”

Pearl Jam will tour through 2024 in support of the new album, performing across North America and Europe.