Pearl Jam’s tour of North America this year is all about the sound.
The band’s new album, The Crystal Method, is an album that is a direct reworking of its first two albums, with songs like “Distant Star,” “Lonesome Street” and “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” taking on a different feel and more live-ability.
The new album is a major departure from the band’s first two releases and also includes a number of new songs.
Pearl Jam was kind enough to answer some questions about the band and its new album.
The Crystal Method: What is the inspiration behind this album?
We have two things in mind.
One is a kind of a musical vision for the future.
And then the other is a visual vision.
We wanted to get away from the studio and let the band take over, and then we would go to the studio, and that was the first vision.
What is Pearl Jam like as a band?
What’s the difference between The Crystal Methods sound and what the band is now?
The Crystal Albums sound is very much influenced by the sound of Pearl Jam and how they’ve performed, and I think that is very important.
We have a very different sound, and we’re still a band that is in our own space.
What’s exciting about it is that we’re doing it with our own sound and not trying to emulate the same band that we’ve played with since the ’80s.
We’re not trying this to be like Pearl Jam, and not that Pearl Jam is Pearl jam, but the sound that we want to do is really different.
We’re not playing the same songs, but we’re trying to create a sound that is more in line with what the Pearl Jam sound is.
I think there are some similarities.
But we’re also trying to do something a little bit different.
We are in our 30s, and Pearl Jam has been around for 40 years.
What are the differences between Pearl Jam now and when you were starting out?
The first album, Pearl Jam [was] a lot of different bands, but then we did a lot more experimentation, so we had to make a few changes to make it more in tune with our sound and our style.
I know a lot people who started Pearl Jam had never heard the band before.
It was hard to get people to listen to Pearl Jam.
The second album, and in particular, the album that we did with our friend Jay [Fellow guitarist Mike McCready], was really, really challenging.
We were trying to get the same thing out of our audience that we were trying for the first record.
We had to do a lot to make sure that we weren’t losing that listener that we had with the first Pearl Jam album.
What do you find the hardest part about playing Pearl Jam live?
Playing Pearl Jam in a live setting is really, very difficult.
The best thing about Pearl Jam for me is that I love playing in a stadium and the band has always been a band of people who have always been able to get to the top of the thing.
So to be able to do that in a studio setting, I love.
I think we did the hardest thing we’ve ever done.
I mean, you can’t really fault us for that.
When we play live, I think it is very difficult to play Pearl Jam at a level where the audience is listening to what we’re playing.
It’s so much about the feel and the energy and the speed of the music, and the musicianship that we have.
It is a challenge for me.
Do I love it?
But the reason that we do it is because we love it, and there’s no other way.
I just feel like that’s what it’s supposed to be.
When I go into the studio it’s not about the music.
It just seems like it.
But when we go to a studio and we sit down and play the songs live, it’s really about the emotion.
We want to get it in your head that it’s just a show, but you really can feel the emotions that you’re experiencing.
Do you think that the live shows are the best way for you to do the Pearl jams?
We think so, and it’s so fun.
I’ve always loved to go into a studio.
We can play in a huge arena.
We’ve always done shows in big arenas.
It feels really good.
But I think we’ve learned that if we go into those arenas and play live that’s something else entirely.
We want to make the audience feel like we’re not just playing Pearl jams, but Pearl jams that are actually pretty good.
I like to think that we can still go into shows and really make people feel like they’re listening to Pearl jams.
How did you learn to play the song that you would be playing on a tour?
How do you prepare for a tour in advance