Alt-rock pioneers Pearl Jam confirmed their split with Epic Records in the Q&A section of their official online newsletter. The band, which has had a relationship with Epic since their 1991 debut, answered the question, "Have Pearl Jam left their record company yet?," with as simple, "yes." Beyond this brief, yet quite to the point answer on the subject, neither the band, nor the label have released any further statements. Launch reports that prior to the start of Pearl Jam's North American tour, bassist Jeff Ament said, "Our record company's in shambles right now, so we're (chuckles), we're gonna wait for the label to get their shit together before we put anything else out. It might be the sort of thing where, 10 years or 12 years, it's kind of run its course a little bit. I mean, the good thing is that we have nothing but time right now, so we can enjoy our free agency."
Ament did say that the band has started talking to other labels, one of them being J Records, but nothing has been firmed up. Pearl Jam embark on the next leg of their North American tour on May 28 in Missoula, Montana.