Crazy Town will release their second album, Darkhorse, on\nNovember 12th. The album is the band's first since the\nslow-yet-multiplatinum success of 1999's The Gift of Game.\nThe album features a slightly retooled band, with singers Seth\n"Shifty" Binzer and Brett "Epic" Mazur, guitarists Craig "Squirrel"\nTyler and Antonio "Trouble" Valli and bassist Doug "Faydoedeelay"\nMiller joined by former Shuvel drummer Kyle Hollinger (who replaces\nJames Bradley J). Also departed is turntablist DJ A.M.\n"Crazy Town has become a real band now," Tyler says. "It's\nreally become a solid entity."\nThe group began writing songs while on the road last year, prior\nto touring with Ozzfest. By the end of that tour, Crazy Town had\nmore than thirty songs to take into the studio with producer Howard\nBenson (P.O.D., Motorhead). According to Tyler, the first order in\nwriting and recording was to move past the group's breakout hit\nsingle, "Butterfly." "Over here in the States, it became all about\n'Butterfly,'" he says. "It became bigger than anybody could ever\nimagine. We joked that we were gonna call this record 'The Curse of\nthe Butterfly.'"\n"But on the other hand," he continues, "that record gave us the\nopportunity to try some new things. It's a totally live record. In\nthe end it sounds like the type records that we grew up listening\nto that made us wanna be in bands. We weren't trying to just write\na couple of dope singles. We wanted to make an album that you could\nlisten to from beginning to end. In ten years, I wanna be able to\nlisten to this record and be proud of it. And I think we pulled\nthat off."\nThe album's first single, "Drowning," is due next week, and\nfinds the group moving in a more rock-for-rock's sake direction,\nthan on Game. "So many records that come out today, you\ndon't really get a sense of a band sitting there playing,"\nTyler says. "We've been trying to blur the lines forever; anybody\nin a band will tell you they hate genres. But, I just got so tired\nof hearing records on the radio with the same verse and the same\nchorus. You get no sense of a band. We just came off the road for\ntwo-and-a-half years and we play really well together. And I wanted\nto capture that."\n\nAfter striking up a friendship with Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo\nat a shared bill gig in Fresno, California, Tyler and Crazy Town\nenlisted him to add a guitar solo on the Darkhorse track\n"Hurt You So Bad." "Rivers was sitting there backstage, and I\nwalked up and said, 'You probably hate my band, but I just want to\nsay I'm a huge fan of your band.' And he said, 'I don't\nhate your band.' So we hung out, and two days later I was at a show\nand Rivers was across the room and he goes, 'Craig!' "'Hurt You So\nBad' originally sounded almost like a Beatles song, and we heavied\nit up a little bit and were almost done with it, and I was thinking\nit could really use a guitar solo. So we asked, he said yes and\ncame to the studio, and I can't explain how nice and gracious he\nwas. He said, 'Do you mind if I take a picture with you guys for\nthe Web site?' The thing is, if he'd fedback on the track for two\nminutes, I would've used it, but he played this amazing guitar\nsolo. It's fantastic."\nThe band is now gearing up to push the record. In a week, Crazy\nTown will leave for Europe for two weeks of promotion. Tyler says\nthe group will do some Christmas radio shows, and they are\nconsidering playing the Big Day Out Festival in Australia in\nJanuary, before plotting a full U.S. tour. "We're just trying to\nimpress each other," Tyler says. "There are people who doubt us,\nthat's why the record is called Darkhorse. It's because\nthere's people who think we're the last band in the world that was\ngoing to make this record. We just went away and said, 'OK,\neverybody who's doubting us, we're just gonna go away and show you\nall that this is legit and we're going to be around for\nawhile,'"