Watch Pearl Jam’s short film ‘Lightning Bolt’

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Last week Pearl Jam debuted the video for “Sirens” as part of the build up to the Oct. 15 release of “Lightning Bolt”.  The song is one of the most beautiful works in the band’s post-“Ten” catalog. Today the group is continuing to share more from “Lightning Bolt” with a fun, eight-minute short film about the record.

The film, appropriately titled “Lightning Bolt,” was directed by Pearl Jam collaborator Danny Clinch and it features the band discussing the new album and being interviewed by the likes of Carrie Brownstein, Judd Apatow, Steve Gleason and others. Clinch directed both the “Mind Your Manners” and “Sirens” videos and has worked closely with Eddie Vedder in the past.

This video is of particular interest and importance to Pearl Jam fans because the band isn’t doing many interviews for the album, which makes this one of the few pieces of press (if you can call a video created by the band press) about the record that will include the band’s thoughts on “Lightning Bolt.” Pearl Jam has earned the right to shape their own message and tell it how they want it to be told, instead of leaving it up to the music press to tell it for them, and this video is the band exercising that power. According to the band’s website, there will be additional excerpts from these interview sessions arriving “over the coming weeks.”

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Also, the video a good way to hear snippets of selections from “Lightning Bolt.” Aside from “Sirens” and “Mind Your Manners,” you will also hear the album’s title track, “Future Days” and the hard-rocking “Getaway.” And from the looks of things, the band recorded performance videos similar to the “Sirens” clip for “Lightning Bolt” and “Getaway” so there will likely be more Pearl Jam goodies as well as more interview segments popping up online soon.


Travis Hay

About Travis Hay

Travis Hay is a professional music journalist who has spent the past 14 years documenting and enjoying Seattle's diverse music scene. In 2009 he established Guerrilla Candy and is currently the site's editor and publisher. He has written for various media outlets including MSN Music, the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, and others and was the founder and editor of defunct music site Ear Candy.