While it was expected that Counting Crows new album “Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings” would explore two different music styles, Crows guitarist David Immergluck explained just how distinctly different the two parts of the album are.
As previously reported, the albums title comes from two halves of the album “Saturday Nights” which features a more up beat rock sound, and “Sunday Mornings” which displays a more melodic, laid back sound.
“All the songs are related, but there's two distinct vibes,” Immergluck told Alternative Addiction.
Part of the distinct difference in sounds is due to the fact that the Counting Crows brought in two different producers for each half of the album.
Gill Norton, known best for his work with The Foo Fighters and Jimmy Eat World, was brought in for the Saturday Nights portion of the album. Immergluck described many of the songs that came out of their sessions with Norton as “rock oriented and harder edged.”
For the Sunday Mornings side of the record, producer Brian Deck, best known for his work with Modest Mouse, was tapped. His production style created a laid back vibe that was conducive to more acousticly driven songs says Immergluck.
“It’s an interesting mix of the two different sides of the band…Its really about 10 different sides though."
Not only did The Counting Crows bring in two different producers, but they chose to record each half of the album in two different locations. The band met with Norton in New York on the Saturday nights half of the disc, and recorded that half to completion before traveling to Berkley, California to work with Deck.
"It’s really a bi-costal record," said Immergluck.