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Pearl Jam get experimental

Grunge veterans Pearl Jam are promising a radical new direction on their next album. Long-time fans may have to prepare themselves for a slight change from the familiar groaning vocals, quiet bit, bellowing choruses and heavy guitar wash formula they know and love.

Guitarist Stone Gossard told Rolling Stone, "The most important thing is that we put something out that continues to expand our boundaries rather than trying to follow what we've done in the past. I think it's a good time to hopefully continue to experiment, and continue to shake it up."

It’s an optimistic approach to a notoriously conservative audience, who have grumbled whenever the band wandered too far from the classic grunge sound that established them in the early 90s. "We want people to go 'Wow, that’s kind of weird for Pearl Jam,' and then 10 years later they can go, 'Oh, that’s my favorite period', which is always kind of what happens."

Gossard describes the new material as "refreshingly cool", and insists the band won’t spend too much time polishing the songs. "It's just us in the studio screwing around, not taking it too seriously. I think that's one of the biggest problems in rock is people thinking too much, putting too much emphasis on getting things perfect or completely sorted out. Sometimes that sound of not having everything sorted out is kind of cool."

UK Fans will be able to see Pearl Jam at the Isle of Wight Festival on June 22-24, alongside those game rock pensioners Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty.

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