Pearl Jam's return in July with "Mind Your Manners", the first single off forthcoming album Lightning Bolt, was less first impression and more punch-you-in-the-face "WE'RE BACK!" mission statement.
Less than four weeks out from the release of Lightning Bolt, Pearl Jam shared another new song with us today. While "Mind Your Manners" found Pearl Jam channeling punk energies, "Sirens" is a classic rock throwback in the vein of some of Pearl Jam's biggest mid-tempo hits. The strummy intro and slide-guitar flourishes throughout evoke Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd. You could easily draw comparisons between "Sirens" and "Daughter", "Better Man", "Black", and especially "Yellow Ledbetter". Eddie Vedder sounds mournful and, at times, almost strained in the chorus; but that's how human beings sound when they sing with emotion and pathos rather than being auto-tuned into pop-music sterilization.
Here's the official music video for "Sirens"...
And since we last talked about Pearl Jam in this space, they've posted the official video for "Mind Your Manners". Take a look at that as well.