Pearl Jam Return With New Album ‘Dark Matter’

A surge of energy underscores this body of work amplified by thunderous rhythms, skyscraping guitar solos, and vital vocals

Pearl Jam Return With New Album ‘Dark Matter’

A surge of energy underscores this body of work amplified by thunderous rhythms, skyscraping guitar solos, and vital vocals

Already heralded as the band’s best in decades,Pearl Jam proudly present their anxiously awaited twelfth studio album, Dark Matter, available now via Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records. Listen HERE.
 
From the kinetic opener “Scared of Fear” through the optimistic exhale of album closer “Setting Sun, these eleven tracks find the musicians firing on all cylinders. A surge of energy underscores this body of work amplified by thunderous rhythms, skyscraping guitar solos, and vital vocals. Produced by GRAMMY® award winning producer Andrew WattDark Matter,marks the band’s first release since critically acclaimed Gigaton (2020).
 
Pearl Jam initially set the stage for Dark Matter with the title track and lead single “Dark Matter.” It surged to #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay Chart, where it remained for 3 weeks, netting the band’s first leader on the respective chart since 1998. It also captured #1 on the Billboard Rock & Alternative Airplay Chart.
 

“I would recommend you play it loud, like, really loud.” – Eddie Vedder, on how to properly listen to Dark Matter. (Via Alt 98.7)
 
“We’re proud of our twelfth baby after 33 years. So, sit back, close your eyes for the first listen, soak up the sounds and the words, and interpret them individually.” – Jeff Ament, advice on listening to Dark Matter for the first time.
 
“This one, we’re all in the room at the same time, with Andrew, and we’re all looking at each other, playing off of each other.” – Mike McCready, on the band’s recording process for Dark Matter. (Via Goldmine).
 
“It’s still making art with your friends. That always excites me. In that collaboration and the mix of being part of something that you’re not really in control of but you know that you’re playing a role in it, that’s a fun place to play. And it’s still fun to play, like a kid.” – Stone Gossard, on band collaboration. (Via Seattle Times)
 
“Andrew really understands the importance of performance in the studio, which is kind of how I operate, so we were on a really good working relationship from day one.” – Matt Cameron, on collaborating with Andrew Watt on Dark Matter. (Via New & Approved)

 
The band has staunchly continued their support of independent retailers by offering various, limited-edition galactic color variants of Dark Matter exclusively at select indie retail stores with 8 different colorways in the US and 2 additional for international. More info HERE.
 
In celebration of Record Store Day, Pearl Jam held 180 listening parties across 150 US stores and 30 international. Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament from the band made a special surprise appearance at Easy Street Records in Seattle for the event. See photos HERE. The band is also celebrating indie record stores with the release of a special edition of Dark Matter available only at participating stores as part of Record Store Day. Get more information and find stores at www.recordstoreday.com.
 
On Tuesday, April 16th, Pearl Jam collaborated with Abramorama to create a unique global theatrical premiere of Dark Matter in over 45 countries and 900 cinemas. Pearl Jam – Dark Matter – Global Theatrical Experience – One Night Only was an immense success with many cinemas sold out and offering encore screenings of the experience.
 
Dark Matter album packaging features light painting art by Alexandr Gnezdilov. Light painting is an artistic form of photography where images are created by adjusting a camera’s exposure for an extended period and using a light source, such as a flashlight, to “paint” in the dark. The album cover art was crafted using a large self-made kaleidoscope. Each letter visible on the cover was individually captured and handwritten midair with a specially designed flashlight to create the pearlescent effect. See more info on Alexandr Gnezdilov below.

 
Dark Matter Tracklist
1. Scared of Fear
2. React, Respond
3. Wreckage
4. Dark Matter
5. Won’t Tell
6. Upper Hand
7. Waiting for Stevie
8. Running
9. Something Special
10. Got to Give
11. Setting Sun
 
Dark Matter World Tour 2024
In support of Dark Matter, Pearl Jam will head out on a world tour this year, marking the first time the band has announced a new album and tour simultaneously and first time the group has unveiled all worldwide tour dates at once. Their global tour, hitting nine countries and 25 cities, kicks off at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, and will cover much of North America including shows at Wrigley Field, Madison Square Garden, Fenway Park, and their first hometown performance in six years at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, the world’s first net zero certified arena.
 
The tour continues with performances in the UK and Europe, including their first performance at London’s brand new and state-of-the-art Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, through September, followed by the group’s long-awaited ten-year return to New Zealand and Australia this November. Full routing below.
 
Special guests Deep Sea Diver (North America Leg 1), Glen Hansard (North America Leg 2), The Murder Capital (UK/EU), Richard Ashcroft (Dublin and London) and Pixies (Australia and New Zealand) will serve as support for these dates.
 
Dark Matter World Tour Dates:
Date                            City                                                     Venue
May 04                        Vancouver, BC                                   Rogers Arena
May 06                        Vancouver, BC                                   Rogers Arena
May 10                        Portland, OR                                       Moda Center
May 13                        Sacramento, CA                                 Golden 1 Center
May 16                        Las Vegas, NV                                   MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 18                        Las Vegas, NV                                   MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 21                        Los Angeles, CA                                Kia Forum
May 22                        Los Angeles, CA                                Kia Forum
May 25                        Napa Valley, CA                                 BottleRock Festival
May 28                        Seattle, WA                                        Climate Pledge Arena
May 30                        Seattle, WA                                        Climate Pledge Arena
Jun 22                         Dublin, IE                                            Marlay Park
Jun 25                         Manchester, UK                                  Manchester Co-Op Live
Jun 29                         London, UK                                        Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Jul 02                          Berlin, DE                                           Waldbühne
Jul 03                          Berlin, DE                                           Waldbühne
Jul 06                          Barcelona, ES                                    Palau Sant Jordi
Jul 08                          Barcelona, ES                                    Palau Sant Jordi
Jul 11                          Madrid, SE                                          Mad Cool Festival
Jul 13                          Lisbon, PT                                          NOS Alive Festival
Aug 22                        Missoula, MT                                      Washington-Grizzly Stadium
Aug 26*                       Indianapolis, IN                                   Ruoff Music Center
Aug 29                        Chicago, IL                                         Wrigley Field
Aug 31                        Chicago, IL                                         Wrigley Field
Sep 03                        New York, NY                                     Madison Square Garden
Sep 04                        New York, NY                                     Madison Square Garden
Sep 07                        Philadelphia, PA                                 Wells Fargo Center
Sep 09                        Philadelphia, PA                                 Wells Fargo Center
Sep 12                        Baltimore, MD                                     CFG Bank Arena
Sep 15                        Boston, MA                                         Fenway Park
Sep 17                        Boston, MA                                         Fenway Park
Nov 08                        Auckland, NZ                                      Go Media Stadium Mt Smart
Nov 10                        Auckland, NZ                                      Go Media Stadium Mt Smart
Nov 13                        Gold Coast, AU                                  Heritage Bank Stadium
Nov 16                        Melbourne, AU                                   Marvel Stadium
Nov 18                        Melbourne, AU                                   Marvel Stadium
Nov 21                        Sydney, AU                                        ENGIE Stadium
Nov 23                        Sydney, AU                                        ENGIE Stadium

* Rescheduled date from 2023

About Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam is an alternative rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band’s lineup consists of bassist Jeff Ament, rhythm guitarist Stone Gossard, lead guitarist Mike McCready, lead singer/guitarist Eddie Vedder and drummer Matt Cameron. Thirty plus years of live performances, twelve studio albums and hundreds of official live concert bootleg releases later, Pearl Jam continues to be critically acclaimed and commercially successful. The band has sold over 85 million albums worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.
 
Since the earliest days, Pearl Jam has used its platform to elevate people and causes that often go unnoticed or underserved. Much of the band’s philanthropic work is accomplished through its Vitalogy Foundation which to date has raised more than $50 million for organizations supporting issues such as abortion access, climate change and homelessness, and drawing attention to the fight against diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis and epidermolysis bullosa (EB). In addition to the money Vitalogy donates, the band also donates signed instruments, posters and merchandise to organizations to use for their own fundraising purposes. Compounding the impact of Vitalogy Foundation, the band has supported Jeff Ament’s Montana Pool Service building skate parks in Montana and South Dakota. Pearl Jam also lends its voice to notable causes like the West Memphis 3, voting rights and fair ticketing practices. Over the past three decades, the band has a long history of standing up for what it believes in and putting its resources behind those beliefs.
 
Through its innovative Ten Club and fan engagement, community building, coveted poster designs, and longstanding activism and philanthropy, Pearl Jam continues to have a lasting impact on generations of music lovers.

Bass Magazine   By: Bass Magazine