Pearl Jam have released a brand new song, ‘Quick Escape’ in anticipation of their new album Gigaton out Friday, 27 March via Monkeywrench/Republic Records. You can check it out below.
‘Quick Escape’ is a quintessential hard-rocker complete with heavy drums, screeching guitars, and a pile-driver of a bass line. Eddie Vedder presides over the controlled chaos with a voice that crackles with distortion as he narrates a sci-fi story about a devastated planet — “The lengths we had to go to then/To find a place Trump hadn’t f_ked up yet” — that ends with humanity taking a bitter one-way flight to start life again on Mars.
In addition, the band have released the ‘Quick Escape’ arcade game where fans can select a member of the band to play an intergalactic Space Invader battle set to Pearl Jam’s latest release. Visit the band’s official website to find out more.
‘Quick Escape’ marks the third offering from Gigaton, following ‘Dance of the Clairvoyants’ and ‘Superblood Wolfmoon.’ The band also dropped teasers from the 12-track album on their Instagram, offering tantalising snippets of songs like ‘Never Destination’, ‘Alright’, ‘Seven O’ Clock’ and ‘Who Ever Said’. Gigaton is Pearl Jam’s 11th album and the first of all-new material since 2013’s Lightning Bolt.
Pearl Jam had intended to preview Gigaton on Thursday, 25 March, with a special one-night-only audio-visual event in movie theatres around North America, but the event has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The band also called off their North American tour dates in support of the album, but plan to reschedule them at a later date.
For those in need of a quick Pearl Jam fix, though, the band recently opened a hotline that fans can call for the chance to hear a preview of additional songs from Gigaton. By dialling +1 585-20-PEARL (585-207-3275), callers also have the option to leave a message for the band.
Gigaton is out on 27 March and can be bought here.