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Pearl Jam, O’ Brien Demo New Tracks

Mike McCready

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready revealed the band has reunited with longtime producer Brendan O’ Brien for the first time since 1998’s Yield, to begin recording tracks for the band’s 9th studio album.

“It’s really in its infant stages right now,” McCready tells Rolling Stone. “We have about five ideas that have been worked on.”

The band have yet to decide upon a direction for the first release since 2006’s Pearl Jam, known to fans as Avocado. “Brendan is another set of ears that we respect, and he’s going to give us a different way to go but I don’t know what that is yet.”

With one session already wrapped up, McCready will now focus on his Crohn’s Disease fundraiser in Seattle tonight, before the band reconvene to begin rehersals for their June East Coast tour, which includes two shows at Madison Square Garden, for the first time since the 2003 Riot Act tour, a show that spawned the DVD release Live At The Garden.

Upon completion of the tour, the band will get back together with O’ Brien and auxillary member Kenneth ‘Boom’ Gaspar to continue laying down demos.

Guitarist Stone Gossard has previously hinted towards a Radiohead-style release, saying he would have no problem following their lead if the experimental pay-what-you-want giveaway was a success.