RNDM, the Pearl Jam bassist's project with Arthur & drummer Stuverud, releases 'Acts' Oct. 30 ahead of a U.S. tour.
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has joined forces with singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur for a new side project called RNDM, which is rounded out by drummer Richard Stuverud (Fastbacks, Three Fish). RNDM's debut album "Acts" hits Oct. 30, just ahead of a 16-date North American tour that kicks off Nov. 2 (full dates below).
The two J.A.'s "randomly" first crossed paths at a June 11, 1999 gig as Arthur and his copious tape-looped guitar-based tunes opened for Ament and Stuverud's previous side-band Three Fish in New York. More recently, the pair collaborated on Ament's solo track "When The Fire Comes" and performed it live (with PJ's Matt Cameron and Mike McCready) during Pearl Jam's PJ20 festival last Labor Day weekend.
The seeds of RNDM took root soon after -- with Arthur and Stuverud convening in Montana for sessions, Ament explains. "After PJ20, Joe told me he'd never really been able to write up-tempo songs, and I said, 'I have a slew of them. Let's get together and make an up-tempo record.'" The resulting 12-song album, "Acts," was recorded by Pearl Jam engineer Brett Eliason and will be available digitally, on CD and on vinyl via Pearl Jam's Monkeywrench Records.