This was originally (jokingly) titled 'Precious Moments'. We recorded the live songs at the end of a long year of touring. We were a bit tired, and starting to grow weary of the songs. You'll notice some variations (including bad heavy metal licks) from the original studio recording versions that were because of this. The darker, grungier side of things is in full effect here, as well. Our cover of "The Cutter" by Echo And The Bunnymen, one of our favorite songs by one of our favorite bands, seems to be more for our pleasure than the crowd's. These songs were mixed by Gene at the Green Room, which helped us decide to do that as well on 'Mercury'. "Chatterbox" was the odd-man-out from 'Shawl', and this version was spiced up by running the whole mix through two fuzz pedals. "Radio Friendly Stone" was supposed to be on a multi-artist acoustic compilation, but didn't make it due to some business fussiness. It definitely foreshadows the 'Mercury' sound and feel, almost a year before we even recorded that album.
Chris Taylor is someone who constantly has songs flowing through him. Sometimes those songs fully mature and begin to pour out. With the immediacy provided by consumer friendly recording programs combined with digital distribution his albums become even more focused snapshots of his life and state of mind. Everyone has moments of great joy and deep despair and something on Chris' albums will find you exactly where you are and lift you higher Dylan Fischer