In a post on their website, Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz announced that the band would be leaving their 18 year record label home at Geffen. Citing changes in the music industry as the reason for thier departure, Duritz said that the band will continue to release music independently."
"These days, it's a different world for a band than it is for a label," Duritz said in the post. "A lot of people think it's a tough time to be a band but we don't feel that way. The internet opens a world of limitless possibility, where the only boundaries are the boundaries of your own imagination."
Duritz said that he is proud of the what the band has been able to accomplish witht the people at Geffen, but feels that he's at a point where the label may be holding the band back.
"Eighteen years ago, Counting Crows was just a little band from Berkeley. Geffen Records helped put us on the map and then they were our partner for almost two decades. Unfortunately, [we've reached a point] where the directions we want to go [in] and the opportunities we want to pursue are often things that our label is simply not allowed to do."
In 1990, Counting Crows was signed to DGC, a division of Geffen records that also was the label home for classic grunge bands like Sonic Youth, The Posies, and Nirvana. With the exception of Counting Crows, all the other bands on DGC have since left the label.
"It was a dream environment to be a musician, even for that time," Duritz said of his early time with DGC. "A lot of things changed in seventeen years. DGC disappeared except as a logo on our records, and Geffen became one of many labels of a much larger conglomerate. Still, Geffen and Counting Crows never stopped working together and never stopped succeeding together."
Unlike many band's departures from major labels, Duritz' post was very respectful of the people who heped the Counting Crows along the way, thanking them for their hard work to promote his music. While their depature from Geffen closes a chapter of the band's career, Duritz says the band will open a new one as they adventure into the independent music scene.
"This is a big change for us but it's a border we've been wanting to cross for a long time. We've covered a lot of road on this ride and, as far as we're concerned, the busses still have a lot of white lines ahead of them. We are on our way."