Pearl Jam Releases New Single, Announces Lightning Bolt Album
This week, Pearl Jam put out a double whammy of big news. First, the band announced that fans wonít have to wait too much longer for the groupís long-awaited tenth studio album, and then the group released the first single weíve heard from the group off of the new endeavor. The new album will be called Lightning Bolt and will hit shelves on October 15 in the United States and October 14 elsewhere in the world.
Pearl Jam has been around for years and years, but the group is still a pretty solid brand, selling out shows regularly. The last record the group put out was in 2009. Called Backspacer, the album earned great ratings from critics and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. It has been four years since that album dropped, and Pearl Jam is finally looking to repeat the albumís success.
We know Lightning Bolt was produced by Brendan OíBrien and will be distributed by Universal Music Group International, but otherwise the band is staying mum about most of the details. The album can be pre-ordered over at iTunes or via the bandís site. If you do want to get a glimpse at what Pearl Jamís latest will offer, you can check out the first single, ďMind your Manners.Ē
The frenetic, fast-paced and loud track leans heavily on lead singer Eddie Vedderís vocals, but also features plenty of quick guitar and drumming work. I canít say Iím more of a fan of this type of Pearl Jam music, preferring the bandís softer side, but assumedly other people are down. The song was also teased in an initial announcement for Lightning Bolt, which shows the guys working together in the studio.
The album and single arenít the only things the band has planned in the second half of 2013. Earlier, the group announced it would hit the road in support of Lightning Bolt this fall. The tour will kick off just a few days before the album drops, on October 11. The band has plans to tour across the United States and parts of Canada, hitting venues in Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Dallas, New Orleans, San Diego, Portland and more between October and December. You can check out the full list of tour dates and order tickets via the bandís site.