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Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament Shares How Tour Cancellation Led To Solo EP

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During a recent chat with Hanuman Welch on Apple Music's "ALT CTRL," Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament revealed how the cancellation of the band's tour paved the way for his solo EP, American Death Squad.

Ament released the surprise five-song compilation on June 26. The solo EP was released just three months after Pearl Jam's Gigaton.

"Well, I mean, as I've gotten older, you have to do a bit of training leading up and do like a tour season, and so there's a lot of energy going into rehearsals and working out and just getting mentally ready to leave your household, and so I felt like when we pulled the plug on it, I felt like I had all this energy," he told Welch over FaceTime.

Ament said he got the inspiration to write after seeing the destruction of human life amid the coronavirus pandemic and "the ineptitude of our leadership."

"I just started waking up early in the morning and going in the studio, and then it turned into, 'Okay, I'm going to try to write a song every day. I'm going to try to finish it. I'm going to lay drums down. I'm going to get the instrumentation, figure out the arrangement, write lyrics, and do a rough mix,'" he recalled of his routine during the quarantine.

"After about a week, it sort of felt like I got into this really great groove with it, and then it lasted like two months," Ament added. "I just kept writing, kept writing, kept writing. These were some of the first songs that came out of that bunch, and they were probably some most anxious of the songs."

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