A collection of unreleased tracks, alternate versions, demos and loose ends dating 2009-2015.
‘Melt’ was intended for inclusion on ‘Feathers Wet, Under the Moon’. Marks Nevers tried recording a few different versions in his Beech House studio in Nashville, but none of them worked out, so it looks like we’re stuck with this demo.
Taken from a 7” of piano songs released by No Pain in Pop.
Released as a 7” by No Pain in Pop. These songs feature Anupa Madawela on drums and Tom King on bass. We recorded these songs in Anupa’s flat which located directly above a Turkish restaurant. The owners asked him to move out soon afterwards due to the noise, and that’s exactly what he did.
This is a loose-cut, recorded at home on a pocket digital 4-track. It almost ended up on ‘Lower’. Perhaps its only distinguishing feature is that it’s the only A Grave With No Name song to use drop-D tuning, and it will most likely remain so.
‘Crucifix’ is a song the band used to frequently play live. This version was recorded at home to computer a features something like 24 tracks of guitar, which looking back at it, feels unnecessary. I tracked a version for ‘Whirlpool’, which didn’t make the cut.
‘We Passed the Moon’
This is an earlier, drum-less version of the ‘Lower’ song that featured on the ‘Pink Grave’ split tape with Pink Priest released by Sweat Lodge Guru.
‘The Outdoor Type’
This is the only instance that I have recorded a cover for A Grave With No Name. When it came to record the follow-up to ‘Mountain Debris’, I took all my equipment over to my drummer Anupa’s flat, and we tracked this to test out the set-up. Technically it’s a cover of a cover, because we were covering The Lemonheads covering Smudge. I ended up scrapping the sessions for the album as we were all in a weird place, and things weren’t working out.
Home-recorded demos of the songs that ended up on ‘Whirlpool’.
This later became ‘By the Water’s Edge’ which is one the A Grave With No Name songs I am most fond of. This version has slightly different lyrics in the chorus, and an unwelcome police siren in the background at the end ruining the atmosphere.
It was soon after recording this song I thought, “enough with the reverb and fuzz already”.
‘When I Pass Through Here’
At one point I was aiming for a more lyric-driven Southern Gothic sound when conceiving ‘Wooden Mask’. This is one of the songs that was written around that time, before I changed direction with the album.
An unremarkable song, distinguished only by its ill-advised attempt at ‘Nebraska’-era Bruce Springsteen backing vocals.
A song that I demoed for ‘Feathers Wet, Under the Moon’, but which I considered too lightweight for inclusion, hence why it is lurking here at track 18 on this download only album of unreleased songs.
released February 8, 2017
All songs written and recorded by Alexander Shields.
...having said that, I should mention that David Payne helped to record 'The Outdoor Type', and that Anupa Madawela ripped the guitar and harmonica solos on there too, and hit the drums, which he also played on 'Streams' and 'Feathers', whilst Tom King held it together with his calming presence, and fluid bass on all of those tracks.
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