This is the first of three live albums we’ve cultivated from two separate shows recorded at Kelly’s Logan House in Wilmington, Delaware. Both were recorded at what would prove to be poignant times for the band, both as a whole and as individuals. The first show, recorded on September 10, 2005, came only a week or so after we had first discussed the possibility of us not touring any more. With the exception of a handful of people in our inner circle, no one knew of this. We all recognized that this was one of our last chances to get our unrecorded material on tape, and the songs have a real sense of urgency as a result. The second show, recorded November 5, 2005, came after we had announced the end of the band. We all knew there were only a limited number of shows left.
The recorded versions of each song on this and the other two albums are exactly what we played on those two nights. The only editing done has been to master the recordings and place the songs in the order they appear on the albums. There are no overdubs on any of the songs. Any mistakes we made at the shows are there. I’d like to say that this is completely intentional, but that of course wouldn’t be true. The fact that the songs aren’t perfect really happened out of necessity as much as anything else. It is great though, in that it allows us to document what we sounded like live at the top of our game. The songs presented here really do capture how we sounded at the pinnacle of our abilities as a live act – and we always were a much better live band than we were anything else.
We’ve tried to give each album a different flavor – to allow each to show a different side of our sound. This particular volume captures the emotional element of the band more than anything else. There are some of our crowd favorites, like “Silent Cries” and “I’ll Be Back Someday,” as well as some of our lesser known songs like “Molly’s Porch” and “Ivory.” The latter two are about as close as we’ve come to writing ballads. “Storyteller” appears here in a very different arrangement from the version that was on our EP “theep.” - a version that really helps to bring out the meaning of the song. Although “Don’t Let It Die” has a similar arrangement as its studio counterpart (on “Silent Cries”), it also differs from its previously recorded version – as it really was different every night. “Tall Grass” is here as well, as are two of our favorite covers, “Into the Mystic” and “The Way It Is”, which fit thematically with a lot of the songs we’ve written - particularly the ones on this volume.
**NOTE: If you want to buy all three "Live at the Logan" albums, purchase the "Live at the Logan Full 3-Album Set," as you'll save yourself some money!