Could a move to New York for Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz cure his incessant insomnia? Throughout all four of the groups DGC studio albums, including the recent "Hard Candy," this sleeplessness
Could a move to New York for Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz cure his incessant insomnia? Throughout all four of the groups DGC studio albums, including the recent "Hard Candy," this sleeplessness has become a familiar theme. "I'm a single insomniac living in L.A.," Duritz tells Billboard.com. "To me, that's not a theme. I don't sleep very well in L.A. and I'm moving to New York. I'm sure that New York will become more present in the songs because of that. You just write about who you are. If I sleep better, that won't be a big factor."
After the overnight success of the band's 1993 debut disc "August and Everything After," Duritz moved residences from San Francisco to Los Angeles to get out of the spotlight. But the dreadlocked singer isn't packing up again for the reason one might expect.
"New York is a huge city and with that many people packed in, it's just not a big deal for me to be there," says Duritz. "Plus, New Yorkers are like 'Hey, you're the guy from Counting Crows. Cool. Bye. Whatever, f*** you.' It's just a different vibe. I'm going there for a lot of reasons. I'm feeling a little... I was going to say uninspired but I don't mean uninspired musically because I'm not. I mean uninspired the rest of my day. You want to be invigorated by your life. Because what I found in L.A., I'm a workaholic and then I go home and watch TV. And that's not how your life should be."
Right now, Duritz's life is back on the road. The group plays South Bend, Ind., tonight (Oct. 15) with support from Graham Colton (Uncle Kracker joins the bill Nov. 12; a reunited Toad The Wet Sprocket will open Dec. 10 in Los Angeles). Duritz says the band is honing its setlist with older album tracks such as "Catapult," "Goodnight Elisabeth," and "Mrs. Potter's Lullabye" alongside material from "Hard Candy," which debuted in late July at No. 5 on The Billboard 200.
As for how a change of address will affect the singer/songwriter's music, Duritz discounts a complete change of direction. "I don't look to my life at all for songs," he offers. "I don't live any of my life as a motivation for writing a song. To me, that would be just an enormous waste of time. I'm not Hemingway. I'm not going to go to Spain and run with the bulls specifically for the purpose of writing a book about it. If I wanted to run with the bulls, I'd do it for that. I'm not looking for inspiration. It just seems foolish to me. You have to live your life."