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Pearl Jam slam Donald Trump on furious new single Quick Escape

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Pearl Jam have launched a scathing attack on US President Donald Trump on new single, Quick Escape.

The band have released a Quick Escape arcade game (opens in new tab), so that fans may enjoy an "intergalactic Space Invader battle" soundtracked by the single.

Quick Escape is featured on the band's new album Gigaton, which is out this Friday, and contains the lyric, "The lengths we had to go to then/To find a place Trump hadn't fucked up yet." It ends with humanity fleeing to Mars. 

Quick Escape is the third single released from the album, following Dance Of The Clairvoyants in January and Superblood Wolfmoon last month. 

Speaking about the new album with Zane Lowe on his Apple Music Beats 1 show (opens in new tab), guitarist Stone Gossard said: “Vocalist Eddie Vedder did a great job. There was a pile of songs and he mixed and selected the tracks that really were going to be special. He did such a great job of bringing everybody's personalities out. 

“It was probably different than any of us would have made individually, but it really captures, I think, the spirit of the band.”

Earlier this week, the band launched a hotline so that US fans can hear additional songs from Gigaton ahead of its release. The number to call is 585-20-PEARL.

Two weeks ago Pearl Jam postponed their upcoming North American tour, which was due to get under way in Toronto on March 18 (opens in new tab), due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

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Pearl Jam: Gigaton (opens in new tab)
Pearl Jam will release their 11th studio album Gigaton later this month. The follow-up to 2013's Lightning Bolt will feature 12 tracks including Dance Of The Clairvoyants (opens in new tab) and Superblood Wolfmoon (opens in new tab).

Pearl Jam: Gigatron

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Pearl Jam: Gigaton
1. Who Ever Said
2. Superblood Wolfmoon
3. Dance Of The Clarivoyants
4. Quick Escape
5. Alright
6. Seven O’Clock
7. Never Destination
8.  Take The Long Way
9. Buckle Up
10. Come Then Goes
11. Retrograde
12. River Cross 

Fraser Lewry
Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 36 years in music industry, online for 23. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.