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Black Crowes weren’t writing songs says Chris

Former Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson has hinted at the frustration that led to the band announcing its split last week.

His brother, guitarist Rich, announced they’d broken up after an argument in which his sibling had demanded control over their future direction.

But Chris tells New Times: “It came from songwriting. The Black Crowes don’t write songs any more. They don’t think of the present or the future.”

He’s much happier working with his Chris Robinson Brotherhood, he explains. “I like making albums and playing concerts – I was sitting on two EPs’ worth of written songs.”

Comparing the bands, he says: “The Black Crowes were a rebellion. This is a pragmatic reaction to how I feel. The only revolutionary thing we’re doing is staying out of the music business.

“There’s olive gardens and red lobsters in music. We just don’t eat there – we’re grassroots.”

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.