Earlier this week, word spread that Pearl Jam was in Los Angeles at the Henson Recording Studios working on their tenth album. The leak was from an unlikely source, Incubus’ guitar player, Mike Einziger, who tweeted on March 19th at 8:58pm that he was “In the studio with my girl and Eddie Vedder, recording strings for Pearl Jam’s new album :)”. In addition Einziger attached a photo of Vedder, Ann Marie Calhoun, and himself in the studio. After some initial excitement from the PJ fan base, a wrench was quickly thrown in by SPIN magazine who said a Pearl Jam rep emailed them that the Einziger/PJ collaboration was simply “not true.” But why would Eiziger lie and also include a photo? Thankfully @MichaelEinziger was quick to clarify a day later: “My girl is a violinist, and she played on a PJ track. I was a spectator; never said anything about collaborating.” Two confirmations are always better than one. These aren’t the first rumblings of a follow up to 2009’s Backspacer.
In February, PJ guitarist Mike McCready told Rolling Stone: “We have seven songs that are relatively completed. But then we have an additional 15 ready to go aside from any that Eddie brings in, so we’ll weed through those. I would say as a cliché answer it’s kind of a logical extension of what Backspacer was, but I think there’s a little bit more experimental stuff going on. There’s a Pink Floyd vibe to some of it, there’s a punk rock edge to other stuff.”