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Matt Cameron releases first single from solo debut

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Pearl Jam and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron has released "Time Can't Wait," the first single from his upcoming debut solo album Cavedweller.

The disc is due out on September 22nd and is available for pre-order now on both CD and limited edition vinyl. The title of the album goes back more than 30 years when Cameron recorded a string of solo recordings under that name.

He explained, "I thought it would be cool to use that name again three decades later. I've been writing my own songs since I was 17 years old. I always enjoyed playing guitar and trying to cultivate my voice as a songwriter. However, I've been lucky to play in bands with the best singers and lyricists of my generation. My voice was never necessarily needed in them. With this album, I wanted to really make my vocals and guitar playing come through. It's almost like I tried to start a solo career 30 years ago, and I'm just now getting back to it."

Cameron told us a while back that the way he and his fellow Seattle musicians approached making music hadn't changed much over time: "We started out very humbly here in the Northwest, and I don't think we've ever really gone too far from those sort of ideals, which were real do-it-yourself, '80s underground ideals."

In addition to writing, producing, playing guitar and singing on the LP, Cameron played drums and bass on a few tracks. For the rest he enlisted former David Bowie bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Mark Giuliana.

Cavedweller was recorded at Cameron's house, the Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, and the Bait Shop in Seattle.

Cameron has gone from one extreme to the other this past year, getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Pearl Jam last spring and then dealing with the death of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell in May.

Cameron told Rolling Stone that he played some of his solo material for Cornell before the latter passed away. He recalled, "I played some of it for him last March. He really liked it. He was always very supportive of me writing music for the band and kind of going for it. That was great. And I played some of it for Eddie (Vedder) and he really liked it, too. That felt great.”

Cameron has no plans to tour behind Cavedweller, and he also told Rolling Stone that Pearl Jam has no set plans at the moment for either touring or recording. He said, "We're still just kind of writing stuff right now. We're still in the beginning stages of everything. We have no plans.”

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