Maroon 5 released their third studio album
Hands All Over
in September. The single ‘
’, which was released in June, had already climbed to the number 14 position in the Billboards Hot 100 charts by then.
Says lead vocalist of the band, Adam Levine, “
Hands All Over
is basically a kind of a re-introduction into who we are again, kind of getting back, as far as what we sound like and what people want to hear. I think that’s an important thing because we did take a lot of risks but actually made a lot of changes musically on this record. So, I think it’s nice to have something come out.... This is a new improved version of ourselves and the rest of it we can go in any direction we want. So yes, it’s vintage Maroon 5.”
“We do not have a definition for our sound. It’s a mix of our choices. We are a band and each member has a different taste. We mix our likings and make our music.”
Like their previous albums, this one too has been produced by Britisher Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange. So what difference has Mutt brought to this album? “Mutt was very clear that he did not want to produce just another Maroon 5 album,” says Levine. “When we met him, we were sure that this man did not want to repeat himself. The same thought and enthusiasm helped us push our limits and create our best record ever. Neither Mutt nor we wanted to repeat ourselves.”
The album was recorded in Switzerland where Mutt has worked with numerous legendary acts before.
“It was one of the best recording trips we’ve had,” comments Levine. “Mutt did not leave a single chance to push us to give our best. We felt like one of those great names that have recorded with Mutt in that very studio. We kept wondering if he encouraged and pushed the others just like he did for us. We don’t know. Apart from recording, we had our own sweet little trip where we took three motorcycles and a car. We went through huge Alps mounts, to Italy. We also went to France.”
So why was
released much before the album? “Jesse Carmichael (keyboardist) and I were working on this part and this idea a long time ago, back in Baker, like six to seven years ago,” says Levine. “It is a mad, crazy, funny song and the video also is pretty crazy with the boyfriend trying to get back with this girl, but she will have none of it and is so violent with him, which actually makes it very funny. The violence is not gruesome but has been depicted in a humorous manner,” he adds.
In an interview recently, Levine had said the group may disband because it has already reached its peak. When asked Levine says, “Only time will tell. But one thing is sure, whatever happens, will happen mutually.”
Any plans to visit India? “We would love to come to various places where our fans are appreciative of the music and as soon as there is a plan in place, you’ll know,” asserts Levine. When asked about their knowledge of Indian music, Levine says, “No. We don’t know much about India. If time permits, we would love to visit this culturally rich country and learn a lot more than any book or website can teach.”
He adds that they will also be open to using Indian instrumentation in their forthcoming albums. “
In Hands All Over
, we have used a banjo because the song required a country touch. In our next album, if there is a song that needs an instrument like a sitar or a tabla, we will definitely use it. We might even collaborate with an Indian artist.”