Jeff Ament & John Wicks Team Up As Deaf Charlie For ‘Catastrophic Metamorphic’

Deaf Charlie is a new project by Jeff Ament and John Wicks, and Catastrophic Metamorphic will be their 12-track debut album. The Pearl Jam bassist and former Fitz & The Tantrums drummer, will be releasing the album on limited edition vinyl LP at pearljam.com, at indie retail, and on DSPs on June 30, 2023.

The name Deaf Charlie comes from the figure also known as Orlando Hanks, who was a train robber with Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch and spent a fair amount of prison time in Deer Lodge, MT. He was called “Deaf” because he had such a beautiful singing voice.  

The duo have released the single “Losing My Mind”. The track follows Deaf Charlie’s 2020 debut single, “Something Real”. They most recently collaborated composing the score (with Josh Klinghoffer) for the FX series, Under The Banner Of Heaven.   

Ament comments on the album:

There’s a real optimism in this batch of mostly dystopian themes, and that comes from John’s upbeat production and playing. He infused a lot of pop and reggae elements into the songs, pushing my arrangements and rhythms into new territory. Most of these tunes had real journeys between our two visions.

Pearl Jam is set to embark on a five-stop run featuring nine shows across the midwest beginning in St. Paul, MN on August 31. Following the Pearl Jam tour, Deaf Charlie will perform their first live set together at Ohana Festival in Dana Point, CA on Sunday, October 1, 2023.   

Catastrophic Metamorphic LP art is by Edgar Smith, a Missoula, MT-based artist. Smith also created the art for the Pearl Jam single, “Save You”.

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