Pearl Jam fans have been waiting patiently for new music and the band admittedly has been taking things at their own pace, but guitarist Stone Gossard gave fans some hope for a light at the end of the tunnel by offering a timeline during an interview on an Italian radio station this week.

The guitarist told the station (excerpted by GrungeReport.net), "I cannot tell you an exact date, but if all goes according to plan, we will have a new Pearl Jam album in nine or twelve months." For those doing the math in their heads, that would place the timeline between November 2013 and February 2014.

Last fall, both Jeff Ament and Eddie Vedder alluded to the band being halfway through their new album, but they also revealed that the group had spent significant time away from each other over the past year and would regroup when the timing felt right to conclude their disc. Late last month, Ament added that the band members had met with producer Brendan O'Brien, which would at least signify that they might be starting up on new music soon. The group has also booked some scattered dates this summer, including a show at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

The still-untitled new album would be the band's first since 2009's 'Backspacer' and only their third disc in the last decade.