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Bassist Jeff Ament Says Next Pearl Jam Album Is "Still Sort of a Blank Slate"

Image courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage (via ABC News Radio)

It appears that we’ll have to wait until next year to get our hands on a new Pearl Jam album. Bassist Jeff Ament says the band is far from completing their follow-up to 2009's Backspacer .

"Even though we have seven or eight songs recorded it's still sort of a blank slate and that's exciting," Ament tells Guerrilla Candy .  "There is some stuff that's pretty well finished and sounds good right now, but who knows if that stuff is going to end up on the next record.  We may get together...and come up 15 things that are better than that, and that's the new record."

The bassist adds that he expects the band to head back into the studio to continue working on their 10th studio album in early 2013.  "I think the idea is that everybody takes the holidays off and then at some point somebody will pick up the phone, maybe late January or early February, and that will kind of start the [recording] process over again," he notes.

In other Ament news, he's getting ready to hit the road to support Acts , the debut album from his side project, RNDM .  That outing kicks off on October 31 at the Badlander in Missoula, Montana, which is the day after Acts arrives in stores.

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