Ed & Mike Chat With Radio About “The Fixer”

by Kathy Davis on July 21, 2009

A couple of nice radio phone interviews aired Monday in support of “The Fixer.”  

Ed Ved spoke from Seattle to BBC DJ Zane Lowe, calling in a bit behind schedule.  Regarding making “Backspacer”, Ed said the process was “easier and quicker” than in the past, adding that oftentimes ”songs are like children” in that they are “cute…pure when they come out, and grow up to be difficult to control…stubborn” and “insolent.”  Ed mentioned that recording the latest album was “less of a science project and more like flowers blooming”, that the process was easier, attributing that to being “around long enough to communicate well.” He added that during recording the band were “excited to get down to business and not think about it too much.”

Regarding the upcoming tour, when asked about being in rehearsals Ed laughed and said there would be none and that “we know what we’re doin’, we’ll be alright. I’d rather spend time out on the water.”

The interview is currently streaming on the BBC website iPlayer here, and Ed’s interview starts at the 33:55 mark.

Also on Monday, most frequently interviewed band member Mike McCready called from Seattle to talk to San Diego DJ Halloran on station FM 94.9 KBZT.  Mike played DJ for a chunk of time, talking between songs about the new record and was very forthcoming!

Halloran asked Mike if the band had stopped being angry, that “The Fixer” seems like an upbeat three minute pop song. Mike replied that “we’re less angry… you can only have anger so long until you turn it into something positive.”  What has the boys feeling so positive? “A little thing called President Barack Obama.”

Mike tells us that “The Fixer” was written by Matt Cameron, and the band all arranged it. Mike guessed the song was written about a year ago, and that Matt had the song before they went into the studio.  Regarding the songwriting mix on “Backspacer”, Mike says “Ed has a few, Jeff has a couple, Stone has one, I have one” and that a total of 22 songs were recorded.  The recording process involved the band bringing in songs, figuring out “which ones Ed is into since he’s singing on them” and then going from there.

It was exciting to hear Mike say that a Pearl Jam EP might hit the marketplace in  6 months time or so to showcase some of the other songs not on the album, and that Mike himself is working on songs right now for his own upcoming solo release on the horizon!

Songs Mike played were “Gut Feeling” – Devo,  “The Passenger” – Iggy Pop, “California Uber Alles” – Dead Kennedys, “Redemption Song” – Bob Marley, “Kids” – MGMT, “The Ocean” – Led Zeppelin, “Fake Plastic Trees” – Radiohead and “Reach For The Skies” – Social Distortion.

Neat and new-to-us website GrungeReport.net was gracious enough to edit down the interview to just Mike talking, and is hosting an mp3 of that edit on the site here.  Very nice! 

Thanks RB, BKS, Bugs and the Message Pit.

Kathy Davis ( Twitter: @CrookedArm23 )
A Bay-Area based entrepreneur, co-editor Kathy conceives and writes her share of TFT’s articles and sections. She was co-editor/co-founder of one of the first Pearl Jam fanzines "Footsteps" (1992-1997). Kathy’s first Pearl Jam show was at the Bridge School Benefit on November 1, 1992.

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