After a seven year long wait, Seattle rockers, Pearl Jam, have just announced the forthcoming release of their 11th studio album entitled Gigaton, produced by Josh Evans and Pearl Jam. If its content in any way resembles it’s name – which translates to a unit of explosive power equivalent to one (109) billion tons of TNT – then you can certainly anticipate rocking out not only to the album, due for release on Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records on March 27, but also on their tour which starts in the US just prior to the albums’ release this March, eventually arriving in Europe in June followed by the UK for BST Hyde Park on July 10.
Dance Of The Clairvoyants is to be the first single released from this record, as yet there are no snippets to tease us, however, there is promise of its release “in the coming weeks”. Gigaton’s album cover photo is of melting polar icecaps and is the work of Canadian Paul Nicklen, an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine, who is also a filmmaker, and marine biologist, the photograph used is titled, “Ice Waterfall” and was taken in Svalbard, Norway.
In a statement on the bands’ website guitarist Mike McCready states, “Making this record was a long journey. It was emotionally dark and confusing at times, but also an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption. Collaborating with my bandmates on Gigaton ultimately gave me greater love, awareness and knowledge of the need for human connection in these times.”