Mad Season Biography
The renowned Grunge supergroup Mad Season was conceived in 1994 when Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and bassist John Baker Saunders returned to Seattle, Washington USA after a stint in a Minneapolis rehab center. McCready called an old friend, singer Layne Staley from Alice In Chains who joined the band and Barret Martin, the Screaming Trees drummer, joined them too.
The band recorded and released only one album, "Above", in March, 1995 which peaked at #24 on The Billboard 200 and was certified Gold becoming an essential touchstone in the history of Seattle Rock. Also featured on the album was Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan. The lead-off single, "River Of Deceit", hit #2 on The Mainstream Rock chart and #9 on The Modern Rock Tracks; this was followed by another Mainstream Rock top 20 entrant, "I Don't Know Anything" and a minor hit single: "Long Gone Day".
Two tragedies eventually put an end to Mad Season, Saunders died on January 15, 1999 from an overdose and Layne Staley succumbed to a debilitating drug addiction on April 5, 2002.
In April 2013 was released the deluxe edition of "Above", a 3-disc set comprised of two CDs and one DVD. Disc 1 features the original album plus an unreleased acoustic instrumental titled "interlude", three new songs from the band's unfinished second album with newly recorded vocals and lyrics by Mark Lanegan including the Rock radio single "Locomotive".