Classic grunge band Pearl Jam is back with a brand new single "Dark Matter" and a new record of the same name due out April 19. You can check it out below, though I feel like the YouTube platform isn't doing it any favors – this sounds compressed to hell and a little thin, right? Almost like a lower quality file got uploaded?
Dark Matter was produced by Andrew Watt (Ozzy Osbourne, Post Malone) and you can pre-order it right here. As for the album's overall sound, guitarist Mike McCready, recently told Classic Rock that it'll be a heavy one.
"It's a lot heavier than you'd expect," said McCready "There's the melody and energy of the first couple of records. We worked with Andrew Watt, who's a younger pop producer-type guy, but he's really a rock guy at heart – I think we're his favorite band. When we were in the studio with him this past year, he really kicked our asses, got us focused, and playing, song after song. It took a long time to make Gigaton, but this new one didn't take long. Andrew was like: 'You guys take forever to make records. Let's do this, right now.'"
"Andrew pushed us to play as hard melodic and thoughtfully as we've done in a long time. I feel like Matt Cameron's drumming has elements of what he did in Soundgarden."