Counting Crows heading to 'Wonderland'
How do you get to Wonderland? Just ask The Counting Crows. The group is bringing an end to a six-year gap between new, original albums with the expected fall release of "Somewhere Under Wonderland."
Now… we know what you're thinking. Yes, the Crows had an album out in 2012 called "Underwater Sunshine," but it was an album of covers alternately titled "Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation." The band recorded songs by Travis, Dawes, Madonna, Joe Jackson, the Faces, Sordid Humor and others for an eventual release on April 10, 2012. A tour in support of the project followed, including summer 2013 dates with The Wallflowers.
Work began on "Somewhere Under Wionderland" soon after, and now that a release date is near the band is crowing (for lack of a better word) about the new album. Frontman Adam Duritz recently told amNewYork, "The songs (on the album) are written from a completely different perspective. They're a lot more story than confessional. They're very emotional but less personal and confessional. I don't know how to describe it, but it feels a lot different for me."
There are nine tracks on the record, according to Duritz, including an opener that clocks in at 8 1/2 minutes. Lead single "Palisades Park" was released on July 8, 2014 – the band's first single release under Capitol Records. It was promoted by a short film directed by Bill Fishman and filmed in New York City.
Counting Crows is current trekking across North America with Toad The West Sprocket as part of The '1989' World Tour. Those dates wrap in mid-August before the Crows head overseas as part of the EU Tour 2014. They'll play eight shows in the UK before moving on to France, Holland, Germany, Belgium and Italy.
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The Counting Crows have hit a bit of a rough patch in the last few years, starting with a split with longtime major label Geffen Records in 2009. The band continued to tour and write new material, but frontman Adam Duritz struggled with mental problems and a prescription drug addiction. He found therapy in solo material, which was released online while various band members also worked on individual projects.
In 2011, Counting Crows turned the corner. First came the long-awaited release of "August and Everything After: Live at Town Hall." The band then returned to the studio to record cover songs and new material, with the intention to release another full-length album. It came in 2012 with the release of "Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation)," which bowed in partnership with Creative Allies on a contest for fans to design both the album cover and layout.
To this day, the Crows are renowned for their energetic live performances. Most concerts not only include extended versions of their songs, but extra verses, impromptu additions and other artists' songs featured in the middle of their own material. They are also one of the only artists to actively encourage the recording and distribution of their lives shows, and host a trading network on their website to enable fans to trade concert recordings.
Counting Crows recently came under fire after canceling several New Zealand tour dates after Duritz came down with an illness. It included one gig where the opening act had already performed, and occurred just hours after Duritz had posted a photograph of himself on Facebook and wrote, "Soundchecking ... hey! My voice works! Sweet."
About Counting Crows
The Counting Crows were formed in 1991 and received fame and recognition with the release of their 1993 album "August and Everything After," which featured the hit song "Mr. Jones." To date the band has sold over 20 million albums. They are most known for their other hits "Hanginaround" and "Big Yellow Taxi," which features Vanessa Carlton. Find Counting Crows tickets at SeatGeek whenever they are on tour.
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