Pearl Jam is “busy toiling in the studio”: “We’re excited to be playing together again”

ABC/Craig SjodinPearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has shared an update on the progress of a new album from the grunge icons, their first since 2013's Lightning Bolt.

"We've been busy toiling in the studio on and off for seven years," McCready tells Rolling Stone. "We're working at our own pace, and doing some music right now, and it's cool and different and I'm excited about it."

However, McCready cautions that the band's isn't "finished with anything yet."

"I wish I had an answer for you, but know that we are recording right now," he says. "We're excited to be playing together again."

In 2018, Pearl Jam released a political track called "Can't Deny Me," which is supposedly a track from the forthcoming album, whenever it does arrive.

As for any touring plans in the near future, McCready says nothing's currently on the books.

"I hope we can go out," he says. "I'm ready to play some music again with my guys and go out and do it. But we don't have any plans as of yet."

In related news, McCready composed the music for a new Johnny Cash documentary The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash. The soundtrack, out today, features McCready's compositions combined with spoken word recordings of Cash, as well as his late wife June Carter Cash, Bruce Springsteen, and country music icon Loretta Lynn.

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