If you think Eddie Vedder is one of the hardest-working men in rock, you may want to think again. He might not even be the hardest-working member of his own band.
While Vedder has released a solo album and a critically acclaimed movie soundtrack in recent years, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament can go one better. Ament has had his own solo project too, but he’s also been an active participant in other bands – three of them, to be precise.
Ament’s latest band, the appropriately-named RNDM, came together thanks to a chance meeting with singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur. It took them thirteen years to finally get together in the studio, but hopefully you’ll agree that RNDM’s debut album Acts was worth the wait. While the bass lines are unmistakably Ament’s, Arthur – and drummer Richard Stuverud – bring an entirely new tone to the collaboration. Pearl Jam’s layered, rambling grunge poems are replaced by upbeat power-pop hooks, and there’s an energy and enthusiasm behind the trio that’s hard to miss – but easy to like.
RNDM will play Seattle’s Showbox at the Market on November 27, 2012, and tickets are available now from the Showbox website priced $17.50 plus fees. Ament still lives in Seattle, so this counts as a hometown show for the band – expect an evening to remember. Support comes from LA’s Line & Circle.
If you still need convincing, check out RNDM’s ‘Walking Through New York’ below. Beat that, Eddie…