Pearl Jam is to me, one of the best bands of all time. Starting out in Grunge‘s birthplace, Seattle, they were one of the main pioneers for this genre, along with Nirvana, Soundgarden and others. What makes Pearl Jam so amazing is their passion; you can feel it in their songs. Even the music they bring out today has the same spark that it had decades ago, and not many bands can keep that up.
It all started out when guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament were looking to start a new band following the death of the great Andy Wood in their previous band, Mother Love Bone. Mike McCready joined the pair and they were on the search for a drummer and a singer. Pearl Jam never really had a committed drummer until Matt Cameron, who I managed to meet in Seattle Airport (best moment of my life!) and also drummer for Soundgarden, joined them in 1998. Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain and Dave Abbruzzese were all drumming for the band for short periods of time. However, back to their quest for the singer. Down in San Diego, Eddie Vedder sent tapes up of his vocals and the other members were amazed at what they heard, and then ‘Mookie Blaylock’ as they were initially called, was formed. It was only after they attended a Neil Young concert that the name ‘Pearl Jam’ came about.
From the intense build up of Jeremy, my favourite song of theirs by far, to their music today such as Just Breathe and Sirens, Pearl Jam keep on proving that they are simply timeless, offering an array of different styles of songs which each have their own story and feel.