Wayward Sun Live!

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Boy, are you guys in for a treat. Over the weekend I was digging through some old cassettes and found a treasure trove of old Wayward Sun material - stuff I didn't even know I had. This is all material from the early days of WS - I think they're all from early 1991, but perhaps Matt and Sam can help with some of the details. Enjoy!



(Note: I apologize for the quality of some of these recordings. They're cassette copies of my dad's old videotapes -- you can hear Sam's mom clapping, my dad talking, and other things which distract from the sound of the band. Ah well.)



ROCK BASH -- Yes, that's right, I found a recording of the Montgomery County Rock Bash. A packed house, screaming fans, etc. If memory serves, this concert was in March or April of 1991.

  • Wayward Sun - The theme song never sounded better. I remember that Kevin had borrowed somebody's drumset with a double bass drum - his solo sounded totally phat. (mp3, streaming)
  • For What It's Worth - One of our most popular covers in the early years. Humorously enough, we never bothered to figure out all the words of the Buffalo Springfield original - most of this is stuff Sam made up. Listen for Jen Wolfe screaming, "Matt, I have hot pants for you!" (mp3, streaming)
  • You Know This Guy, He's Always There - Also known as "The Sky Is Always There". Good harmonies. Nobody writes good ballads anymore. (mp3, streaming)
  • Madness - I still like this song after all these years. So much fun to play live. And this recording is funny because of Sam & Matt's failed attempt at the "The union boys are coming to close us down" line from Steven Banks, which wouldn't have been funny anyway since we were the only people who got the joke. (mp3, streaming)

Stream the entire Rock Bash!




Liberty High School Concert - I'd forgotten we did this concert until I found this tape. This is a concert we did at my high school about a month after the Rock Bash, the week that TAFTFT came out. It was a benefit for something or other, I think, and it was basically a disaster. No one but a group of about 10 fans (which was mostly family) had a positive reaction - most of the audience was rude and obnoxious, waiting for Stranger Than Fiction, the headliners, to play.

  • Wrong Words - Kevin had broken a finger, so he had his hand taped up and couldn't play the piano, so therefore this is the only time we played Wrong Words with drums. Notice that start the second verse with the wrong keyboard sound. Ah well. (mp3, streaming)
  • Pressure - No wonder they didn't like us - it was 1991, the golden age of Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and we were playing a Billy Joel cover from 1983. ;) Additionally, it was way too low for me to sing! Oh well, it still sounded good. (mp3, streaming)
  • Compulsive Fire - An early look into a WS classic. This is apparently before we wrote the bridge and the third verse. Sounds pretty good actually. (mp3, streaming)
  • Just A Moment Away From You - I had completely forgotten that we'd EVER played this song live. And you know, it doesn't sound half bad. Featuring Tim Miller on French Horn, who, oddly enough, was found dead in his apartment at the age of 24 - no idea what happened. Note: There's about 3 seconds of empty space in the middle of the track, when the tape flipped over. (mp3, streaming)
  • All Over Again - Another early look into a WS classic. Bears very little resemblance to the track that eventually made it onto The Right of Way. I think it sounds a lot better with Sam singing lead than with me. On backup vocals were Dani (my then-girlfriend, now-wife) and my sister Katy, although Katy's mic was turned off, so you can't hear her. (mp3, streaming)
  • On My Way - Still sounds good after all these years. And now, my attempt at the "The union boys are coming to close us down" line - still not funny. This is before we were using a bass regularly, so I would take the mic and work the crowd (oy). Hey Matt, what's a headrun? (mp3, streaming)

Stream the entire Liberty High Concert!




Basement Band - Two tracks from a "practice" concert we did in the basement of my house in February 1991.

  • Pushing Us Down - A basically improvised live version that starts out strong and almost completely unravels by the end. A good illustration of why we never performed this song live. (mp3, streaming)
  • Sad Anger - This song came up on one of the other Wayward Sun threads. I'd completely forgotten it even existed, and here I find a live version of it! (mp3, streaming)

Stream both tracks



It occurs to me that the four of us were between the ages of 15 and 17 at the time. Can you believe we were ever that young?

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matthew's picture

Headrun

A headrun is the sound of me repeatedly slamming my noggin into the wall because Sam created a word to use in "On My Way" and I told him it sounded fine.

And I'd completely forgotten Jen Wolfe shouting "Matt, I have hot pants for you!" from the audience. I distinctly remember someone shouting "Matt Barnson, I want your baby!" as well, but either that's my overactive imagination or it wasn't adequately captured by the sub-standard recording equipment :)

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Jen Wolfe

Actually, that was me.

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Ben's picture

and 1 and 2 and 3

I like how, during "Wayward Sun", Sam's mom alternates back and forth between clapping on 1 and 3 and clapping on 2 and 4. With no seeming pattern.

I found another tape of "Rarities" that I'll try to dub down this weekend, including Sam and Matt screwing around with Matt's new Digital Delay pedal.

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Ben Schuman
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Digital Delay

I still have that delay pedal in a box. We're packing to move to a new house, and although it's noisy, unbalanced, not very configurable, and generally sounds pretty terrible, I couldn't stand to give it up. I have fond memories of Ben's dad manning the six-track recorder and mashing it with his hand for certain words during the recording of "One Man".

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Matthew P. Barnson

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Ben's picture

one man

Oh yeah, I'd forgotten that! 'they can't see time passing us by-eye-eye-eye-EYE EYE EYE EYE' (echo)

It just goes to show that lo-tech solutions are sometimes the best ways to go. When it came to recording the CD, there was no way for the fancy recording studio to emulate that echo, and the backwards cymbal crash at the end of the original recording (done by putting the tape in backwards) didn't turn out as well in the CD recording either.

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Ben Schuman
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Ben