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Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready told Billboard that he was inspired to write the music for the band's new single, "Sirens," after seeing Roger Waters perform The Wall in concert. McCready explained, "Before it was called 'Sirens,' it was written two years ago. I was at Roger Waters concert and was completely blown away by The Wall. I wanted to write something that would have a Pink Floyd type feel."
McCready added that a demo of the song was recorded during the initial 2012 sessions for the band's new Lightning Bolt album, but that singer Eddie Vedder didn't put lyrics to it until a second session this year. McCready recalled, "I heard them the night that he put them on there and they just brought me to tears. This is Ed at his best in my mind."
McCready told us that he thinks "Sirens" shows Pearl Jam stretching its musical boundaries on the new CD: "'Sirens,' which I wrote and Eddie and the band helped me arrange it, along with Brendan (O'Brien, producer), who did a lot of arranging on it, that's kind of I think another direction I believe that we're taking. Taking some chances and kind of going farther than we ever have gone -- in my mind."
"Sirens" is the second single from Lightning Bolt and follows up "Mind Your Manners," which surfaced over the summer.
Lightning Bolt, Pearl Jam's 10th studio offering, came out on Tuesday (October 15th) and follows up 2009's Backspacer.