Photo by Kathryn Yu.
The first legal mp3 available from Ted Leo's upcoming record is "The Sons Of Cain". And it is a great song, one of those that sound like it was written during band rehearsal, you know one of those songs that just jumps out at you right off the bat, or the downbeat. And it was, written that is, one August morning as the band toured the last album, Shake The Sheets. August 26th, 2006 was the day, according to this source, and he's the one to thank for the mp3 of Ted saying "We literally wrote this this morning" before slashing away at that already familiar and welcome riff that carries throughout the song. It's amazing how the song came into being that day and still hasn't changed much over the course of a year and a half. It even had the screams of Ted rage that are on the album version. Hell, it's even the same length, at close to four minutes.
This was recorded on a digital phone (i have been corrected by the horse's mouth, so to speak, it was a digital camera, not a phone), so don't expect much, but it is the 'live' birth of a great song, and how often do you get to hear that.
First live performance - the sons of cain (south street seaport festival - 2005)
Album version - the sons of cain
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