When it comes to keeping things fresh and unexpected, Pearl Jam stand as experts. The band has one of the most versatile catalogs of any band rooted in the Seattle grunge scene- ranging from the all-out furious (“Do the Evolution,” “Why Go”), to the beautifully melodic (“Just Breathe,” “Light Years”), to the emotionally powerful (“Black,” “Come Back.”)
Now, in wake of 2009’s smoothly-produced masterpiece, “Backspacer,” the band has called yet another audible- they have recorded a punk rock song.
Well…okay, “Mind Your Manners,” the band’s latest single, isn’t COMPLETELY a punk rock song, but it might as well be. It’s fast, to the point, and plays like a backhand to the face. Think “Spin the Black Circle” with a touch of Black Flag.
The song is like a 3 minute joyride in a hot-wired war vehicle – kicking into high gear with sputtering guitars and never stopping for air.
“Mind Your Manners” makes it clear that anything can happen on the forthcoming “Lightning Bolt.” Major Pearl Jam fans will immediately love the song. Casual listeners might be a little confused at first, but will slowly conform to the track’s appeal.
Pearl Jam- “Mind Your Manners:” 4.5/5
Listen to “Mind Your Manners” Here: