Mon, 15 Jun 2009 12:33:58
Chris Daughtry is a real rock n' roll cowboy. He rolls into towns, takes over their largest venue and then rides off into the sunset.
Instead of a six-gun and a horse, he's got a huge voice and a knack for riffs. On his forthcoming record, Leave This Town, Daughtry takes everything to a new plateau. His band is tighter than ever, busting out massive melodies like there's no tomorrow. Daughtry has created one of the most epic rock records of the year, and he and the boys are ready to bring that sound to the masses.
Sitting on the set of his video for first single "No Surprise." Daughtry delves into one stand out track, "September."
He says, "I was out on the road away from my family. A lot of times, when you're rundown and isolated, you're forced to think about things you haven't thought about since you were nine or ten years old. For me, that's the only way that I could've written 'September.' With everything going on your brain, there are things you forget about in your life. Then you finally calm down and get in a place where your thoughts go somewhere else."
He continues, "I started thinking about my childhood—how simple growing up was, how playing in the rain was something special and how you actually remembered summers back then. Then you grow up, and every day is the same. Birthdays aren't any different. You barely remember the summers. You're always working, and there's no separation and nothing to look forward to. That song captures my entire childhood, and I wouldn't have been able to write that five or six years ago. Being on the road for so long, you're forced to live outside of what you've been used to for so long. You almost have a different worldly view of life in general. All of that goes into lyrics."
It's pretty heartfelt and heavy, to say the least. Daughtry and guitar player Brian Craddock shared their playlists with ARTISTdirect.com in this exclusive feature.
1. Kings of Leon — Only By the Night
Chris: As a band we all got into Kings of Leon at the same time. I'd been hearing about them for a while because they're on our label. I heard this album, and I was like, "Wow!" I really think I became a fan when I saw them at the Clive Davis' Grammy Party. I just thought, "These dudes are incredible!" Then I met them in the bathroom [Laughs]. We were washing our hands. What's up guys?!
Brian: I'm listening to all things old! Kings of Leon is probably the only new thing I'm listening to.
2. Sick Puppies
Chris: There's a band called Sick Puppies that's amazing. They're sick [Laughs]. They're an incredible trio from Australia. Oddly enough, a gentleman by the name of Richard Marx turned me on to them. You'd never think!
3. Daughtry — Leave This Town
Chris: Everyone infused their influences into this record, and you'll hear different chemistry on the record, and I think that's what makes this stand out so much. When we were recording, Howard Benson said, "This reminds me more of a Led Zeppelin record because it's a little grittier and more loose." It wasn't so mechanical, slick and polished. It sounds like a band. At the end of the day, that's all we could've hoped for. I thought the album title was all-encompassing with the record's themes of people wanting to get up, start over and get away from their problems but figuring out no matter where they go the problems are going to go with them. The album sums it up and many songs touch on that subject, and it felt like the right title.
Brian: We toured for two and a half years solid. Not only did we get better as a band, we also got four new best friends out of the deal. When you hear the record you can hear the evolution of the band. I think this album is a pinnacle moment for us so far.
1. Phil Collins
2. Don Henley
3. Tom Petty
4. Van Halen
Brian: I always go back to the stuff that takes me back to being a kid—Phil Collins, Don Henley and tons of Tom Petty, Van Halen and maybe some Whitesnake every now and again. These records are the soundtrack of my life. I go back and think about where I was at that moment.
Chris: Those are all classics!
6. Counting Crows
Brian: Counting Crows makes me think of a time in my life. I'm going to make you a mixtape!