Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament Says Supergroup RNDM Leave Their ‘Comfort Zones’ on New Album ‘Ghost Riding’
RNDM — the supergroup comprised of Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and one-time Fastbacks drummer Richard Stuverud — are gearing up for their sophomore album Ghost Riding next month and a handful of subsequent North American tour dates.
Ghost Riding is out March 4 via Monkeywrench, and according to Ament, it’s a complete departure from the band’s 2012 debut Acts, as they deviate from their traditional guitar-bass-drums setup by adding drum machines and keyboards. “Before we even played a note, we decided to really distance ourselves from the way that the first record went down,” he told Rolling Stone. “We were up for the challenge of leaving our comfort zones. That’s pretty exciting for a musician 30 years down the line, to be in a place where everything feels fresh and new.”
In fact, it’s RNDM that helps Ament’s work with Pearl Jam remain vital and vice versa. “You have to go out and do your own thing and learn new things, how to create differently,” he said. “You bring something new back to the band each time. Sometimes when you play with new people there’s a rough patch after the honeymoon period and you appreciate the 25 years to had with your other bandmates. It’s amazing to be able to do it all. I feel super lucky.”
RNDM’s tour launches on March 4 in Seattle and culminates with a show in Chicago on March 15. They will make more stops in New York, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston and Toronto (see details below). The venues will be considerably more intimate in comparison to the stadiums Pearl Jam will visit this summer.
“You can see every person in the place,” Ament said. “It’s good to beout there changing your own bass strings and lugging gear and bringing T-shirts in. It sounds cliché, but that’s where I come from; the whole DIY thing.”
March 4: Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
March 7: New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
March 8: Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
March 9: Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at the Fillmore
March 11: Boston, MA – Brighton Music sHall
March 13: Toronto, ON – Mod Club
March 15: Chicago, IL – Double Door