Pearl Jam’s “The Fixer,” the first single off the band’s upcoming ninth studio albumBackspacer, premiered on various radio stations across the country this morning. New York’s RXP 101.9 proclaimed themselves the first station to play the track, debuting “The Fixer” at 7:30 a.m. EST. For those not tuned to their regional FM rock stations this morning, the band’s Ten Club MySpace page is streaming “The Fixer” as well. The song previously appeared as a 30-second excerpt during the MLB All-Star Game last week.
The new single is definitely more radio-friendly than the punk roar of “Got Some,” which the band premiered on The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien, and is fairly comparable to the Springsteen-esque anthem “Unemployable” from the band’s last self-titled record. Where “Unemployable” featured a rallying call of “Oh Oh Oh” in the chorus, “Fixer” has Vedder pounding his fist to cries of “Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah.”
As Rock Daily previously reported, “The Fixer” is likely to feature in that Cameron Crowe-directed commercial Pearl Jam filmed at Seattle’s Showbox in May as part of their deal with Target. While the band had aligned with Target on a retail exclusive deal, both the Ten Club online merchandiser and independent record stores will sell Backspacer, which will officially be released on September 20th. Pearl Jam opened up pre-orders for Backspacer at the Ten Club site last week, revealing the album’s track list in the process. Additionally, the band has offered up a 7” white vinyl single for “The Fixer,” with a b-side of Backspacer track “Supersonic.”
Pearl Jam will hit the road in support of Backspacer — which shares its name with the sea turtle the band sponsored in the Great Turtle Race — starting with a headlining slot August 8th at Calgary, Alberta’s Virgin Fest. Get all the tour dates here.
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