Last week at a gig in New York City, Jane’s Addiction debuted “Irresistible Force,” the first single from their reunion album The Great Escape Artist (out September 27), and we dug it on the strength of its “moody verses, tribal drum rolls, and soaring, anthemic choruses.” Now, the studio version of the song has emerged online.
While frontman Perry Farrell and guitarist Dave Navarro both put in stunning performances, the real star of “Irresistible Force” — the second new track, after “End to the Lies” — is Dave Sitek, the TV On the Radio multi-instrumentalist who joined Jane’s Addiction for The Great Escape Artist. He helped the Los Angeles quartet embrace digital technology — synths, MIDI, effects — for the first time in their 25-year career, and brings electronic flourishes and his trademark sheen to the dark, menacing song. It sounds like a band revitalized.
“We are taking great risks and writing in ways that we have never written before,” Farrell recently told SPIN. “[The Great Escape Artist] is a really amazing piece of art, an amazing piece of music. It will make people say, ‘This is strangely beautiful.'”