Stone Gossard is a founding member and guitarist in Pearl Jam. While the pandemic put Pearl Jam's tour plans on hold, Stone went back to a project he started 6 years ago, Painted Shield. It includes singer-songwriter Mason Jennings, former Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain, and keyboardist/singer Brittany Davis. Stone describes the sound of the band ('messy American rock'), the impact of John Lennon, whether artists should speak up politically and who he says started the Seattle scene. You might be surprised by the answer.