I have put together a a bit of a Lightning Bolt compendium for all you Pearl Jam fans, including a couple of interviews, and a few video clips.
Last week CFOX had the ONLY Canadian interview with Pearl Jam ahead of their new album release. Drex talked with Mike McCready from PEARL JAM and they cover the new album Lightning Bolt, Pearl Jam’s new sound for this record, the hardest songs to get down on tape, how many songs were written for the album and who does most of the hard work in the band. Pearl Jam hits Vancouver December 4th at Rogers Arena.
LIGHTNING BOLT TRACK LIST
2. “Mind Your Manners”
3. “My Father’s Son”
5. “Lightning Bolt”
8. “Swallowed Whole”
9. “Let The Records Play”
10. “Sleeping By Myself”
11. “Yellow Moon”
12. “Future Days”
MIND YOUR MANNERS VIDEO
MIKE MCCREADY ON THE MIND YOUR MANNERS RIFF
Sirens wasn’t meant to debut until the 19th on Pearl Jam radio, but it was leaked to the internet yesterday
from which we can only assume the record company & PJ decided to get it our faster.
PEARL JAM SIRENS VIDEO
MIKE MCCREADY ‘SIRENS’ VIGNETTE
Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready also was interviewed on Triple M Melbourne Wednesday by our pal Higgo and he ask Mike some other stuff that we didn’t have time, so it’s worth a listen too.
Mike said he wrote the music to “Sirens” after seeing Roger Waters in concert and being blown away. He wanted to write a “dark Pink Floyd thing” but it got more expansive. He recorded a less structured demo, and then Brendan O’Brien helped Mike arrange “Sirens.” Eddie Vedder wrote the lyrics a night when he stayed up all night at a hotel in Los Angeles and heard sirens, it made him think about his life.
“Pendulum” is a Jeff Ament song from the Backspacer sessions that just didn’t fit at the time.
Some written content via: Alternative Nation
PEARL JAM – LIGHTNING BOLT (LIVE VERSION)
Rolling Stone interviewed Pearl Jam producer Brendan O’Brien, and asked him about his work on the new Pearl Jam Album.
Tell me how this new Pearl Jam album started. What were the first steps?
The seeds of this album actually started when we were doing the last record, Backspacer. Everybody was really happy with how that worked out. We had a really good time doing it. The idea was to do another record in the same way, where we get together in Seattle, work the songs up and cut them down in Los Angeles at Henson, the studio where I usually work.
We started working about a year and a half ago, maybe even longer. We did about six or seven songs that were ready. My idea was, “Let’s do these songs, make them great and be all excited about them, and then that will propel the band into writing the rest of the songs. We’ll get right back and do the rest of them.” Well, that didn’t happen. I was not able to get them into the studio for another year and a half.
They had a lot of things going on. I just don’t think they were quite ready just yet to do the whole . . . Once they finish a record, I think they know they’ve gotta crank the whole thing up. If they’re happy with the record, it sort of means they’re going to get the whole thing rolling. I just don’t think they were quite ready to do all of that. They all had various solo things going on.
That’s the best I can figure. You’ll have to ask them. Whatever happened, we got together about five months ago and started back up. We had a group of songs, and we picked from those. The good news is that we had sort of a template of songs that we started in the first session, and we knew we had to do something at least that good, or better. If they weren’t rising to that kind of level, we would just move on from there.
Read the full article here on Rolling Stone