Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Mar 27th 2008 2:00PM by John D. Luerssen
But once Duritz started writing a record about disintegration, he reached a turning point and things got better. For Duritz, 'Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings' thumbs its nose at the record company execs who think they know what's best for his band. The album launches with the bang of '1492,' which Duritz calls "a pretty bleak picture of things."
"This album is about a long trip through a pretty dark part of my life, and that song was the start of it all," he says. "It's the perfect leading song, but amazingly, the one that everyone at the record company wanted off the record. I think it defies stylistically who they'd like the Counting Crows to be. They wanted to homogenize the record and make it a more digestible, palatable morsel. But I wasn't about to change it for them."
"Look, I'm the one who is still here after eighteen years and you've been at your job five minutes," Duritz continues. "You can count on one hand the bands that came out the same time as us that are still around. I'm only going to make records the way I want to make them. And I think the scope and separation are what makes [the new album] so vital."
The Counting Crows kick off a co-headling North American tour with Maroon 5 on July 25 in Virginia Beach.