Iconic rock band Pearl Jam has announced their brand new album ‘Dark Matter’ will be released on April 19th, making it their 12th studio album.
Dark Matter was produced by Grammy award-winning producer Andrew Watt and is the band’s first release since Gigaton.
The album was written by the band in a Malibu studio last year, where they simply plugged in and played under the watchful eye of Andrew. In just three weeks, the album was born, thus giving us yet another opportunity to hear Pearl Jam do their thing.
The band has also released the first single, titled ‘Dark Matter ‘ after the album, which is now available across all streaming platforms.
The announcement comes off the back circling rumours that the Seattle band would be hitting the stage down under, but it seems we may have to wait just a little while longer.
Over the weekend, keen-eyed fans spotted Pearl Jam posters, inviting fans to take a trip down memory lane with “activation areas”.
Custom posters were found at a bus shelter at the intersection of Campbell Parade/ Hall St in Sydney with an “Alive Stickman” logo installation. From there, fans followed a pathway to its end and found a custom Pearl Jam traffic light pole and pedestrian crossing activation.
A prompt showing “press play for Pearl Jam” allowed fans to hear a snippet of unreleased new music from the band.
In an Instagram post, tour promoters Live Nation finished the pop-up announcement with “MJR GLOBAL ANNOUNCEMENT NEXT WEEK”.
Just last month, the rock icons sent Aussie fans into yet another frenzy, after posting a throwback performance f their 1998 ‘Do The Evolution’ performance at Melbourne Park.
The caption, filled with Australian references and a hint at ticket presales, sent tongues wagging: ‘Are you koala-fied for our ticket presales? Not a current member? Hop to it, mate! #TenDaysOfPJ’.
Furthermore, the opening of a Pearl Jam waitlist by Ticketmaster is seen as another sign that these rumours could be materialising into reality.
The band, renowned for their epic live performances, last thrilled Aussie audiences during the final Big Day Out festival in 2014.
While official confirmation is yet to come, these three strong indicators – the band’s intriguing Instagram post, the rumoured tour dates, and the ticketing waitlist – have given fans strong hope that Pearl Jam will indeed grace Australian stages in 2024.