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Even though Live are busy on a co-headlining tour with Counting Crows, the band recently found time to cut demos for the follow-up to last year's The Distance to Here.
Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk said the York, Pa., group already had laid down almost a dozen new tunes, two of which already have been mixed, including "Deep Enough," which Live have been performing recently in concert.
"We've been writing a lot during the Distance to Here world tour," Kowalczyk said. "We had this break [in July], and we put down 10 songs. We're actually mixing some of them and just seeing [what happens]. We don't have a release date or anything, but this is as far ahead as we've ever been as far as having new music within the same year as we put out a record."
For the new material, Live have been working with the husband-and-wife team of Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider, who helped write and produce Chris Cornell's solo LP, Euphoria Morning (1999).
Live worked at the production team's home studio for about two weeks, Kowalczyk said. "[We] just got really, really creative and were writing songs in the morning, tracking them in the afternoon."
Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz was enlisted to sing background vocals on a new song called "Flow."
"We wrote it in the morning, and then Adam was having a really bad day, so I talked to him on the phone [and said], 'Why don't you come over and sing? It'll make you feel better.' He came over and put this really cool background part down, so it was fun."
Based on the successful collaboration on "Flow," Kowalczyk said he might co-write some material with Duritz once their joint tour concludes Oct. 28 at the Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans.
"I think our friendship is something that will grow and continue on because we both live in the same city. We barbecue together, so why not write songs together, you know?"
Meridith Gottlieb, with additional reporting by Jeff Cornell