With Pearl Jam’s new album “Lightning Bolt” less than three weeks away the band has posted a short documentary that features snippets of new tunes including a debut taste of “Getaway,” plus filmmaker Judd Apatow, musician/actress Carrie Brownstein, surfer Mark Richards and ex-NFL star Steve Gleason interviewing the band.
The preview of “Getaway” (which plays from 7:04 to 8:42 and features frontman Eddie Vedder and director Danny Clinch rocking along in Vedder’s car) proves the album opener to be a driving, bass-underpinned mid-tempo rocker with a catchy refrain and Vedder singing “I’ve got my own way to believe” and “holy rollers sitting with their backs to the middle.”
The nearly nine-minute Danny Clinch film, made in the band’s Seattle environs, finds Vedder and bandmates Jeff Ament (bass), Stone Gossard (guitar), Mike McCready (guitar) and Matt Cameron (drums) touching on the songwriting process, the four-year span since PJ’s last studio album “Backspacer,” and more.
“I feel like it’s good to wait until we feel like we do have something to say,” Ament says.
On songwriting, Vedder tells surfer Mark Richards, “In a way, I’ve always thought of it as surfing a bit and that the wave is actually the song, and that the words are kind of like the board.” He also says, “I go at it every waking hour and maybe a few while I’m sleeping.”
The brief film also includes bits of “Lightning Bolt” songs “Mind Your Manners,” the title track, and “Sirens,” as well as an interlude of Vedder on an acoustic guitar.
McCready calls emotional ballad “Sirens,” which PJ released as a single last week, a “high water mark for me.” “I remember when [Vedder] played that for us in his room right after he wrote the lyrics, I think he had stayed up the night before writing,” Ament adds.
When Brownstein, of both Sleater-Kinney and “Portlandia” fame, asks about hearing loss, McCready candidly shares, “I’m ringing right now.”
“Lightning Bolt,” is set to be released October 15 in the U.S. and the band heads out on a North American arena tour that begins October 11.