Guitarist Jared Scharff, who plays in the house band for NBC’s long-running Saturday Night Live, has released a new single under the moniker Pearl Lion, Scharff’s project for instrumental music.
The new tune, “Robert Paulson,” is a blistering rocker with crunchy, overdriven guitars and pounding percussion. On the track, Scharff is joined by bassist Joe Karnes and Lenny Pickett, the saxophonist and SNL band musical director who also played with Tower of Power early in his career.
“I approached this whole song like vintage Zeppelin guitar riffs meets EDM and dubstep solo chops, meets Kanye, meets NIN,” Scharff says in a release. “High intensity, gritty, twists and turns the whole way. I let this song be the weirdest and craziest of the upcoming albums. At some point, when the majority of the song was written I named it ‘Robert Paulson’ based on one of my favorite movies, Fight Club. There was something about the energy and intensity of the song that just gave me the Fight Club vibe.”
Scharff has also shared an accompanying video, created by Randy Edwards, that mashes up scenes from movies like Fight Club, Requiem for a Dream, American Psycho and Pulp Fiction to highlight the energetic track.