Pearl Jam Looking to Be More Like Pink Floyd

Guitarist Mike McCready discusses iconic rockers' influence.

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Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready recently discussed the band's "Sirens" single off the latest record "Lightning Bolt," calling it somewhat of an homage to rock icons Pink Floyd. As Classic Rock reports, McCready told Billboard that the tune had a clear goal of bringing the band's sound closer to Floyd vibe. "Before it was called 'Sirens,' it was written two years ago," he said. "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." He explained further, "We recorded a demo of it [but singer Eddie Vedder] didn't put the lyrics on it until the second time we went back in. 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." "Sirens" dropped in mid-September as the record's second single and was followed with an official video. The album itself saw its release yesterday (Ocbober 15) through Monkeywrench Records. Check out the tune below and let us know if you hear any Pink Floyd similarities.

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    i fail to hear the Pink Floyd influence on this track. Not to say its a bad track though, i really like it
    I think bands should be banned from saying that theyll "try to sound like this band". It just seems to take away the enjoyment overall. You should not strive to sound like another band.
    Axeman Eugene
    This track has nothing that even comes close to a Pink Floyd vibe... I really can't see the influence on this mediocre track.
    Does simply playing a guitar solo on a fender with lots of echo and delay give the song a pink floyd feel? I don't think so Mike.
    It sounds like an asain guy trying to say "silence" instead he says "..sirunnnsss"
    Maybe hi is suggesting they were emulating Floyd by having keyboards. Mike didn't say Floyd sound, but Floyd vibe. The way Floyd's vocals go together with the feel of the guitar, I am having trouble describing it.Sorry. It's a feeling not a sound
    it sounds nothing like pink floyd to me. is it still a great tune though
    The second you decide to sound like Pink Floyd, you automatically fail at sounding like Pink Floyd. If prog rock were easy, every band would play it.