[pullquote quote="I was never the popular kid, I always got bullied. I put a lot of that into the song." credit="James Durbin, on new song 'Screaming'"]When [lastfm]James Durbin[/lastfm] opened his mouth during the Season Ten auditions for American Idol, he let out a rock ‘n roll scream that blew the hair back on Stephen, Jennifer and Randy’s heads (ok, maybe not Randy’s head) and echoed across the living rooms of millions of American homes. Throughout the season, he won over fans’ hearts with his mastery of the heavy metal vocal style and his drive to overcome personal obstacles that include Tourette syndrome and Asperger’s syndrome.
Soon after his 4th place finish on Idol, Durbin headed into the studio to record what would become his debut album Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster. Street Date was honored to host [lastfm]James Durbin[/lastfm] for this exclusive studio session which includes his first two singles and “Stand Up” and “Love Me Bad.”
James Durbin Interview
[pullquote quote="I've been singing covers for a long time, not just on Idol. I used to host karaoke." credit=""]Durbin is over the moon about his new album and the chance to get out on the road performing his own material. After a lifetime of performing other people’s songs, both on Idol and in his role as karaoke master in the pre-TV days at home in California, Durbin is relishing the opportunity to show off his chops as a songwriter in addition to his singing. Give a listen to the two tracks below to see what we mean.
“Love Me Bad”
James Durbin Performs Live -…Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster was recorded over a few short weeks this fall in California, after the Idol summer tour came to a close. Durbin co-wrote four songs on the album, including the next two from our studio session, “Right Behind You” and “Screaming.” The latter song is destined to become an anthem for anyone who’s ever been bullied or made fun of at school. Durbin himself endured many rough times throughout his school days and has no hesitation bringing those feelings to the surface in order to make his music more relatable.
“Right Behind You”
The full track listing for Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster is as follows:
1 Higher Than Heaven
2 All I Want
3 Love In Ruins
4 Right Behind You
5 Love Me Bad
10 Everything Burns
11 Stand Up
12 Liberate (Bonus Track)
13 Back for More (Bonus Track)
14 Crawling Home (Pre-Order Only)