By Johnny Firecloud at 6:05 PM Friday, May 29th 2009
Pearl Jam took over the legendary Showbox theater in Seattle earlier this week to film what’s being called a commercial for Target- a strange development, considering the band’s vehement refusal to align with major brands in the past, but one we’ll set aside for the moment, because… well, because we’ve got a new Pearl Jam song for you, and around these parts, that trumps just about everything on the table, sight unseen.
According to eyewitnesses, the band took to the stage and played what’s being called Something’s Going On several times, as well as a live-staple cover of Sonic Reducer by the Dead Boys and an unnamed (likely new) slow jam. Check out an audience recording of Something’s Going On:
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The song, which likely has a different title than this, is an impassioned, pogoing rocker very much in the vein of Pearl Jam’s 2000 gem Binaural, which many consider the band’s second-act high watermark. Vedder’s voice revs like an engine and hits overdrive at the chorus with a series of Yeaaaah yeaaah yeaaaahs, before earnestly promising “I’ll take your place / I’ll take your side…” With similar guitar effects to those of Save You off 2004’s Riot Act, there’s a lot to be said for the energy and ambition behind the track. It’s very much a Pearl Jam song- there are no stylistic hard lefts to be found, though in this song alone there’s a good amount of the trap-door stop-starts the band has come to perfect over the years.
According to our source, about 300 extras were hired to be in the crowd for the taping, a large number of whom were reportedly laid-off workers from the area- a very cool bit of info, given that the band could’ve filled the Showbox to capacity with hysterically enthusiastic fans with a mere Twitter posting or message board hint.
Don’t forget to watch the kickoff episode of the Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien on Monday (June 1st)- Pearl Jam is the show’s very first musical guest. Bassist Jeff Ament also did a recent interview in which he discusses the band’s upcoming (but yet-untitled) new album. Check it out here.
Massive, undying gratitude to Seth for the hookup!
UPDATE: The Target deal has been confirmed by Pearl Jam. Read more, including song titles, a possible album title, extensive quotes from Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis on motives behind the new arrangement and more here.