Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has announced a fourth solo album under his own name, titled ‘I Should Be Outside’.
The album will be out on August 10 through Monkeywrench, and follows their EP “American Death Squad”, released by surprise last year.
In a statement shared via Pearl Jam’s Ten Club newsletter on Thursday (June 10), Ament went into more detail on how the new album came to be – you can read it below.
Last year’s EP, comprised of five short songs, was also composed during the lockdown after Pearl Jam’s 2020 tour dates were postponed due to the coronavirus.
“In the days that followed the postponement of our tour, it seemed necessary to find an outlet for the energy we had created for the tour,” the musician said in a statement at the time. “Pivoting was the word for March. So, every morning, I retired to the studio with the goal of writing a song every day, no matter what shit it was.
“The days of isolation and of watching the news about the destruction courtesy of the virus (and the ineptitude of our leaders or, as it is named here, the American Death Squad) made the dreams vivid and helpless. These were some of the first songs that came out. Raw and succinct. “
You can pre-order the vinyl for the first two songs on ‘I Should Be Outside’ – ‘I Hear Ya’ and ‘Bandwidth’ – here.
Pearl Jam, meanwhile, will play a couple of US festival dates in September, in Asbury Park, NJ, on September 18, and at fellow Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Festival in California on September 26.
The band will embark on a delayed European tour in June and July 2022, including two dates at London’s BST Hyde Park – see more information on that tour here.