Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz is a big GOY fan

If anyone’s making a list of well-known GOY fans, make sure you put Adam Duritz on it. He’s the lead vocalist/songwriter for Counting Crows, one of my fave bands going back to the ’90s, and he raves about Gang of Youths on the latest episode of a podcast that he does with co-host James Campion.

The episode is titled “Gang of Youse” and Duritz/Campion spend a whopping 22 minutes — the final segment of the show — talking about GOY and playing a couple songs. I don’t want to spoil it by posting tons of quotes, but here’s how they finish the conversation:

Adam Duritz: I hope this catches on in America and I can’t encourage you all enough — go out and get this record or go on Spotify and listen to this record. It’s called Go Farther In Lightness. I think it’s from just last year…it’s so fucking good and this is the next — they’re the next U2 in some ways.

James Campion: They have a lot of U2 in there.

AD: They have that quality of vulnerability, of real emotion and feeling, and a shitload of epic, slamming rock and roll to go with it. And he is a great writer.

JC: He’s got a lot of Strummer in him.

AD: He does. A lot of Strummer, a lot of Springsteen —

JC: — all the guys that you love.

AD: This is a guy — this is a voice that’s worth listening to.

This is a podcast that’s worth listening to, as well. 🙂 Have a listen for yourself, the GOY conversation begins at about the 1:18:20 mark.

I’ve got no clue how many listeners that podcast has, but no matter — it’s high praise coming from another successful musician/songwriter. And just speaking as a fan, it’s really cool to hear Duritz and Campion identifying with a lot of the same lyrics and themes that caught my eyes/ears when I first discovered GOY and Go Farther In Lightness.

(Adam Duritz photo by Alex Cason Photography. Used via Creative Commons.)

Watch Dave L. go into the audience in St. Louis

I noticed at some of GOY’s recent festival appearance that Dave L. has been leaving the stage during “Magnolia” to go out into the audience. That’s all fine and good in an outdoor festival setting in broad daylight — your bandmates can probably still see where you are, the cameras can follow you pretty easily in sunlight, etc. But it feels like it might be a different story in an arena setting, at least to me. Apparently not to Dave, who continued the habit last night as GOY opened for Foo Fighters in St. Louis!

It may be a bit cliché, but I love seeing artists doing stuff like this to make a connection with the audience.

Listen: Acoustic version of ‘Deepest Sighs’

I just stumbled on this on Twitter and have to share. Mick Radojkovic of 2ser radio just uploaded to YouTube this video of Dave L. doing an acoustic version of “Deepest Sighs” during a radio interview right before Go Farther In Lightness came out in 2017.

Fantastic, isn’t it?

Here’s the full interview if you want to hear it.