After a noteworthy hiatus, Pearl Jam, the emblematic rock band that has left an indelible mark on the music scene, is roaring back into the spotlight with an explosive new single and album, both titled “Dark Matter.” This latest project is not just a collection of songs but a testament to the band’s undying spirit and innovation in the rock genre. Set to be released on April 19, “Dark Matter” signifies a bold new chapter for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, promising to captivate fans and critics alike.

A Glimpse into “Dark Matter”

“Dark Matter” emerges as a powerful concoction of sound, blending elements that recall the gritty essence of rock’s golden era with a modern twist. The title track serves as a perfect introduction to the album’s ethos, showcasing descending riffs, a rhythmic cadence that nods to legends like Joan Jett and Jimi Hendrix, and a screaming solo that epitomizes the band’s raw energy. Eddie Vedder’s voice, as commanding as ever, navigates through the track with an intensity that defies his age, proving that Pearl Jam has lost none of its fiery edge.

The album, produced by the renowned Andrew Watt, was born out of sessions that began in July 2021 and spanned three weeks at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La studio. It’s a reflection of Pearl Jam’s collaborative spirit, with all five members contributing to the songwriting process, a move that has infused “Dark Matter” with a diverse and rich sonic palette.

The Creative Force Behind the Album

At the heart of “Dark Matter” is a desire to explore new territories while staying true to the band’s roots. Tracks like “Scared of Fear” and “Running” highlight Pearl Jam’s ability to oscillate between heavy rock anthems and introspective melodies, offering a varied listening experience. “Waiting for Stevie” harks back to the band’s classic sound, while “Wreckage” and “Got To Give” demonstrate a softer, more melodic side influenced by the likes of Tom Petty.

Eddie Vedder’s lyrical prowess shines throughout the album, tackling themes of intolerance, impatience, and the complexities of human emotion with his trademark poetic ambiguity. The inclusion of a song about parenting, “Something Special,” co-written with touring member Josh Klinghoffer, adds a personal touch to the album, highlighting the band’s growth and evolution both personally and artistically.

Taking “Dark Matter” on the Road

Pearl Jam’s return is not limited to the studio; the band is set to embark on a world tour, kicking off in Vancouver on May 4. This extensive tour will see them performing in iconic venues across North America, Europe, and, after a decade-long hiatus, Australia and New Zealand. The tour not only offers fans a chance to experience the new material live but also revisits the band’s storied history with performances in their hometown of Seattle and other key cities.

Supporting acts for the tour include Deep Sea Diver, Glen Hansard, Richard Ashcroft, the Murder Capital, and Pixies, adding an eclectic mix to the concert experience. Tickets are set to go on sale in February, with special pre-sale options available for members of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club fan organization.

A Visual Feast: The Album’s Artwork

“Dark Matter” is not just an auditory experience; it’s a visual one too. The album packaging features light painting art by Alexandr Gnezdilov, who used a large, handmade kaleidoscope and a special flashlight to create a pearlescent effect for each letter of the album title. This artistic choice underscores the band’s commitment to offering fans a holistic experience, merging music with visual art to create something truly unique.

Pearl Jam Dark Matter tracklisting:

Scared of Fear
React, Respond
Dark Matter
Won’t Tell
Upper Hand
Waiting for Stevie
Something Special
Got To Give
Setting Sun

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Pearl Jam’s 2024 tour dates:

May 4-5: Vancouver (Rogers Arena)
May 10: Portland, Or. (Moda Center)
May 13: Sacramento, Ca. (Golden 1 Center)
May 16, 18: Las Vegas (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
May 21-22: Los Angeles (Kia Forum)
May 25: Napa Valley, Ca. (BottleRock Festival)
May 28, 30: Seattle (Climate Pledge Arena)
June 22: Dublin (Marlay Park)
June 25: Manchester, U.K. (Manchester Co-Op Arena)
June 29: London (Tottenham Spur Stadium)
July 2-3: Berlin (Waldbühne)
July 6, 8: Barcelona (Palau Sant Jordi)
July 11: Madrid (Mad Cool Festival)
July 13: Lisbon (NOS Alive Festival)
Aug. 22: Missoula, Mt. (Washington-Grizzly Stadium)
Aug. 26: Noblesville, In. (Ruoff Music Center)
Aug. 29, 31: Chicago (Wrigley Field)
Sept. 3-4: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Sept. 7, 9: Philadelphia (Wells Fargo Center)
Sept. 12: Baltimore (CFG Bank Arena)
Sept. 15, 17: Boston (Fenway Park)
Nov. 8: Auckland (Go Media Stadium Mt. Smart)
Nov. 13: Gold Coast, Australia (Heritage Bank Stadium)
Nov. 16: Melbourne (Marvel Stadium)
Nov. 21: Sydney (Giants Stadium)

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