Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready scores music for Fringe episode

Band’s are always trying to “stay busy”, and Pearl Jam is no exception. Between Vedder doing cameos, Matt Cameron reuniting with Soundgarden, and a Pearl Jam summer tour, they are also purported to “Just Breathe” here and there. And now, if you really needed another reason to watch FOX’s sci-fi show Fringe, here it is: Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has composed the score for an entire episode.

“It’s a completely different kind of songwriting than what I’m used to,” McCready told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. “Chris Chilton , who writes the music [for Fringe], gave me some ideas and I transcribed them on guitar. They told me they wanted some sort of Northwest, dark-type feelings. It’s a very dark show, so I played a darker kind of guitar tone and even stuff that doesn’t sound like guitar, and a little bit of piano.”

McCready hopes to continue to explore the various avenues TV and film scoring, saying “It means working with a lot of people — directors, editors, musical supervisors and you have to appease all of them. I’m totally up for it.”

Like, say, Cameron Crowe? Incidentally, IMDB reports that Crowe will direct an “Untitled Pearl Jam Documentary” to be released in 2011.  McCready is, I believe, let me check, yes, slated to have some of his music scoring that film.

The Fringe episode airs tomorrow, May 7th, on FOX at 9/8c.

You can catch Pearl Jam on tour this summer, and drummer Matt Cameron playing with Soundgarden at Lollapalooza.

Pearl Jam 2010 Tour Dates:
05/01 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Fest
05/03 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center *
05/04 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center *
05/06 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena *
05/07 – Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center *
05/09 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena *
05/10 – Buffalo, NY @ HBSC Arena *
05/13 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live *
05/15 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center *
05/17 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden *
05/18 – TBD @ TBD *
05/20 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden ^
05/21 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *
06/22 – Dublin, IE @ 02 Arena
06/23 – Belfast, IE @ Odyssey Arena
06/25 – London, UK @ Hard Rock Calling
06/27 – Nijmegen, NL @ Goffertpark
06/30 – Berlin, DE @ Wuhlheide
07/01 – Gydnia, PL @ Heineken Open’er Festival
07/03 – Arras, FR @ Main Square Festival
07/04 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/06 – Venice, IT @ Heineken Jammin’ Festival
07/09 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live
07/10 – Oeiras, Portugal @ Optimus Alive Festival

* = w/ Band of Horses
^ = w/ The Black Keys


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