Pearl Jam plans to release a new studio album later this year.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, guitarist Mike McCready said the Seattle band is "working on demos right now" for the follow-up to 2009's "Backspacer," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for the rock album Grammy Award. Pearl Jam has "seven songs that are relatively completed," McCready said. "But then we have an additional 15 ready to go aside from any that [frontman] Eddie [Vedder] brings in, so we'll weed through those."
The guitarist described the new songs -- which he said he and his bandmates will begin recording soon with producer Brendan O'Brien -- as "a logical extension of what 'Backspacer' was. But I think there's a little bit more experimental stuff going on. There's a Pink Floyd vibe to some of it; there's a punk-rock edge to other stuff."
Word of a Pearl Jam album arrives just as the band's landmark 1991 debut, "Ten," was certified this week for sales of 10 million copies. It's the 22nd disc to reach that milestone since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data 23 years ago.