Pearl Jam Bassist Jeff Ament, Singer-Songwriter Joseph Arthur and Drummer Richard Stuverud are RNDM
Debut Album Acts Out October 30th
SPIN Premieres Video For The First Single “Modern Times”
18-Date North American Tour Kicks off November 2nd
RNDM (pronounced “random”) is a new musical group featuring Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and drummer Richard Stuverud. The band will release its debut album, Acts, on October 30th in CD, vinyl LP and digital formats via Monkeywrench Records/RED in the U.S. and Canada.
SPIN is currently premiering the video for the first single off Acts, “Modern Times.” Watch the silent film style video here which was shot on a rooftop in Brooklyn all in one day and shows the band’s transformation into RNDM. The track made its debut at the end of the summer on Rolling Stone.
“Modern Times” Video | Stream
Joseph Arthur comments about the making-of and concept for the video:
“The video acts as an introduction to the band. I had the idea about us shaving our heads when I was in Mexico and figured Jeff and Richard wouldn’t be into it but much to my chagrin they were! But instead of shaved heads Jeff suggested mohawks. I’ve never had a mohawk so I figured it would be an exercise in abandoning vanity in front of the camera.”
Arthur continues: “One thing I didn’t know, which I learned the day of, is that Jeff’s dad is a barber so Jeff is an expert with the sheers. In the end we didn’t look half bad. Originally we were gonna have silent movie style footage acting out the story of our transformation. Ehud (the director) and I spent an evening writing a treatment and Jeff added to it later. There were quite a few ideas we never got to including girls in orange bikinis and baseball with oranges but in the end we just lived in the moment and it flowed so easily we were done in a few hours. Ehud edited the very next day and no one changed a thing. To me it’s a video about a band saying hello to the world and having a whole lotta fun in the process. PS. Those masks are all Jeff! We hope you dig it.”
In support of Acts, RNDM will embark on an 18-date North American tour, which kicks off November 2nd in Brooklyn, NY and ends November 27th in Seattle, WA (full list of tour dates below).
RNDM NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
Nov 2 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of WIlliamsburg
Nov 3 Washington, D.C. The Black Cat
Nov 4 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
Nov 7 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Nov 8 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
Nov 9 Montreal, QC Théâtre Corona
Nov 10 Ottawa, ON Algonquin Theater
Nov 11 Toronto, ON Lee’s Place
Nov 13 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Nov 14 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
Nov 15 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Nov 16 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
Nov 18 Boulder, CO The Fox Theatre
Nov 21 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Nov 23 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Nov 25 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Nov 26 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
Nov 27 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
In April of this year, Joseph Arthur joined Jeff Ament and drummer Richard Stuverud in Montana for a jam session, which would give birth to RNDM Acts. After four days with longtime Pearl Jam engineer Brett Eliason behind the boards, the group had nearly 20 finished tracks, which have been whittled down to 12 for the album (Acts tracklist below).
“It felt like those first bands you’re in, where the first few weeks you ate and slept and breathed the music that you were working on,” Ament says. “All you did was hum those songs until you got to the next practice. I was completely open to whatever was going to happen, and I know Joseph was too.”
As the project’s name suggests, Jeff Ament and Joseph Arthur met randomly in June of 1999, when Arthur opened a show at the late New York club Wetlands on a bill headlined by Ament and Stuverud’s side project, Three Fish.
The pair stayed in touch over the years and reconnected in 2010 after Arthur played a KEXP-sponsored lunchtime gig in Seattle. Ament extended Arthur an invitation to come to his Montana home to jam, but before they could make plans, a song emerged unexpectedly.
While Ament was working on his solo album, he kept hearing Joseph’s voice instead of his own on one particular track, “When the Fire Comes.” He sent Arthur an email to gauge his interest in collaborating and two days later, got the finished song back. From there, the two knew there was a creative connection.
Ament and Arthur performed this song together live at Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary weekend last summer at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin. A studio version of the song was released as a CD single to commemorate the special event and also appears on Ament’s latest solo album, “While My Heart Beats.”
4. What You Can’t Control
6. Walking Through New York
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