Pearl Jam have let on recently they’re working on a new album, but, as SPIN has learned, reports that Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger was recording strings for the album are false.
Einziger, tweeting from Los Angeles, said in the wee hours of Wednesday morning that he was with the band recording strings for the upcoming LP (via Antiquiet). Posting a photo, he wrote, “In the studio with my girl and Eddie Vedder, recording strings for Pearl Jam’s new album :)”
A representative for Pearl Jam has now said via e-mail this tweet is “not true.” Einziger hasn’t yet updated his Twitter account with an explanation.
Pearl Jam’s landmark 1991 debut Ten has now sold 10 million copies in the United States, and a new set would be all the more welcome. In February, Peal Jam guitarist Mike McCready told Rolling Stone the band had seven songs “relatively completed” for the follow-up to 2009’s Backspacer, and plans to finish the album “this year, for sure.” Previously, Vedder told RS that Pearl Jam were “maybe halfway there” with the new record.
If Einziger actually did appear on the album, Pearl Jam fans could ask: If not now, when?