Pearl Jam chased Dead Kennedys sound
Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready says he wanted lead track Mind Your Manners from upcoming album Lightning Bolt to feel as much like the Dead Kennedys as possible. View the video chat below.
Since his background is more heavy metal than punk, he relied on bassist Jeff Ament’s input to achieve what he was aiming for in the song.
McCready explains: “It’s my attempt at trying to make a really hard-edge type Dead Kennedys sounding song. In terms of tone I was thinking East Bay Ray and California Uber Alles. I wanted that kind of aggression.
“I came up with the lyrics ‘Mind your manners’ and Jeff brought in a lot of his real punk-rock ideas. The school he comes from is that, and I wanted to dive into that side.”
Lightning Bolt – the follow-up to 2009′s Backspacer – is due for release on October 14. The band are currently touring the US.
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