Pearl Jam Bass Player Jeff Ament Releases New Solo EP from Quarantine

2020-07-01

Jeff Ament’s “American Death Squad” EP – Story by Cat Badra

Listen to a new song from Pearl Jam bass player Jeff Ament, “The Divine Perfume,” off his new solo EP

Pearl Jam bass player Jeff Ament has unleashed a surprise new solo EP, called “American Death Squad.” The set, which features five new songs, is available now via the usual digital download. Ament has also dropped the music video for the song “The Divine Perfume,” which is streaming now via YouTube. The video features a menacing ventriloquist dummy performing on a piano, which is pretty chill-inducing.

Ament says he began working on the new EP after Pearl Jam postponed their spring North American tour because of the the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With extra time on his hands in quarantine, he started working on new jams.

“In the days following the postponement of our tour, I found it necessary to find an outlet for the energy we had created going into the tour,” Ament said in a statement. “Pivot was the word of March. So, every morning, I retreated to the studio with the goal of writing a song every day…”

He added, “Days of isolating and watching the news of the destruction courtesy the virus, and the ineptitude of our leadership or as named here, the ‘American Death Squad,’ made for vivid dreams and a helplessness. These were some of the first songs out of the gate. Raw and succinct.”

“Pearl Jam” released their latest studio album, “Gigaton,” this past March.

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