Mad Season is an American grunge band from Seattle, Washington. The group records and publishes a single studio album, titled Above, in 1995. It subsequently separates in 1999, then meets occasionally in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
In 1994, Mike McCready met John Baker Saunders in rehab at the Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota. Upon their return, they return to Seattle and decide to form a band with Screaming Trees drummer Barett Martin. But they miss a singer, Mike McCready then thinks of his friend, Layne Staley, singer of Alice In Chains, hoping that being surrounded by sober people helps him to fight against her addiction to heroin >.
Even though the band has not prepared any single (according to song debut, according to Martin) and no name for the band, McCready performs a surprise show at the Crocodile Cafe on October 12, 1994, which will be a great success. The song Artificial Red also appears on the album. Two other concerts (November 6 and 20, 1994) at the same location> this time as The Gacy Bunch, based on serial killer John Wayne Gacy from Chicago and the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch. On January 8, 1995, the band participated in Pearl Jam's Self-Pollution satellite radio show, playing Lifeless Dead and I Do not Know Anything. After gaining a little more popularity, the band recorded their only album and changed their name to Mad Season, the English term for the hallucinogenic mushroom boom that McCready was linking to the seasons of abuse. of drinking and drugs>. "
The recording of the album Above is done in Seattle, in the studios of the band Heart with the participation of the singer Screaming Trees, Mark Lanegan. The album was released on March 14, 1995 at Columbia Records and is well received by the trade press. Staley's lyrics deal with personal problems. While writing the lyrics, Staley read Kahlil Gibran's book The Prophet , which will greatly inspire the themes and tone of the album. In 1995, Above reached the top of the US Billboard 200, and had two singles: River of Deceit (second in Mainstream Rock Tracks, 9 > Modern Rock Tracks) and I Do not Know Anything (20> Mainstream Rock Tracks). Above is certified gold, June 14, 1995>. The group gives some concerts during the spring of 1995, during which is recorded at Seattle's Moore Theater, the video, Live at the Moore and participates in the album tribute to John Lennon, Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon with the title Do not Wanna be a Soldier . Each musician then returns to work with his original group.