Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pearl Jam producer talks about making new album

Brendan O’Brien produced the forthcoming Pearl Jam album, “Lightning Bolt”, and spoke with Rolling Stone about how the project came together.

“We started working about a year and a half ago, maybe even longer,” he said. “We did about six or seven songs that were ready. My idea was, ‘Let's do these songs, make them great and be all excited about them, and then that will propel the band into writing the rest of the songs. We'll get right back and do the rest of them.’ Well, that didn't happen. I was not able to get them into the studio for another year and a half.”

“They had a lot of things going on,” continued O’Brien. “I just don't think they were quite ready just yet to do the whole . . . Once they finish a record, I think they know they've gotta crank the whole thing up. If they're happy with the record, it sort of means they're going to get the whole thing rolling. I just don't think they were quite ready to do all of that. They all had various solo things going on. That's the best I can figure. You'll have to ask them. Whatever happened, we got together about five months ago and started back up. We had a group of songs, and we picked from those. The good news is that we had sort of a template of songs that we started in the first session, and we knew we had to do something at least that good, or better. If they weren't rising to that kind of level, we would just move on from there.”

The producer detailed how the songwriting process works within the group.

“At this point, most of the guys kind of work on their own thing separately and then bring them in, and they finish them as a group. That's how most of the stuff has worked out on the last few records I've worked on,” O’Brien explained. “I think it works out best for them when they do that. Everyone has their own sort of recording gear and their own little studios. I mean, Stone [Gossard] has a full-blown, actual studio. They all have their own recording rigs at home, so they're able to do their own demos. In the early days of ‘Vs.’ and ‘Vitalogy’ there was a certain amount of everybody getting in a room and kind of jamming out. Now, it's pretty much everyone puts together songs, and they finish them together as a band.”

“Lightning Bolt” will be released October 15; the lead single, “Mind Your Manners”, is out now.

Pearl Jam will kick off a fall North American tour October 11 in Pittsburgh.

Pearl Jam Pearl Jam

See also:

VIDEO: Pearl Jam guitarist explains inspiration behind Mind Your Manners
Pearl Jam release official app
VIDEO: Pearl Jam debut new songs in Chicago
VIDEO: Pearl Jam rock London
Pearl Jam announce new album and release first single
PHOTOS: Pearl Jam tease major announcement
Pearl Jam launch countdown clock to second major announcement
Pearl Jam announce fall North American tour
Pearl Jam counting down to major announcement
Pearl Jam: New album update
Pearl Jam guitarist to release solo album in June
Pearl Jam to headline Voodoo Experience 2013
Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains members to perform with Heart at Rock Hall induction
Pearl Jam record with Incubus guitarist
Pearl Jam guitarist confirms new album this year
Pearl Jam’s Ten hits 10 million mark in US sales
Pearl Jam announce Wrigley Field show
Pearl Jam hint at Wrigley Field show
Pearl Jam update from Eddie Vedder
Pearl Jam issues annual fan club Christmas single
Pearl Jam: Eddie Vedder joins Roger Waters at Sandy concert
Pearl Jam: Eddie Vedder to host SiriusXM radio show
Duff McKagan and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready rock Jimi Hendrix classics in Seattle
Pearl Jam launch Instant Classic bootleg series
VIDEO: Eddie Vedder – Sleeping By Myself
Pearl Jam: Eddie Vedder plays surprise set at Bridge School Benefit
VIDEO: Pearl Jam joined by Jay-Z at Made In America festival
VIDEO: Pearl Jam covered by The Gaslight Anthem
VIDEO: Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder rocks Amsterdam with Tom Petty
Former Pearl Jam accountant charged with stealing $380,000 from band
Pearl Jam to headline Jay Z’s Made In America festival
VIDEO: Ace Frehley joins Pearl Jam guitarist for KISS classic
PHOTO: Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains attend Van Halen show
Pearl Jam: New album update
AUDIO: Eddie Vedder – Skipping
Injured Eddie Vedder postpones US tour
Eddie Vedder announces Europe, UK solo tour
Pearl Jam: New album update
VIRAL VIDEO: Jimmy Fallon sings Pearl Jam’s ‘Jeremy (Lin)’
Eddie Vedder announces U.S. solo tour
Pearl Jam: Eddie Vedder fighting for return of web domain
VIDEO: Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder guests on Portlandia
VIDEO: Holiday greetings from Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam announce 2012 UK/European tour
Rock News Artist Of The Year #10: PEARL JAM
Pearl Jam autographs removed from stolen guitar
VIDEO: Watch full Eddie Vedder set at Bridge School
VIDEO: Pearl Jam – Not For You
Pearl Jam Twenty DVD due this month
Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary DVD/CD on the way
VIDEO: Pearl Jam rocks Pink Floyd on Fallon