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Page McConnell: From Studio(s) to Stage(s)

By Published: June 7, 2007

PM: Oh yeah, they all stretch out as it turns out, pretty much. The last times we were doing it, the one I truncated was "Back in the Basement. I made it a much shorter song and everything else jammed out [laughs]. That was kind of curious.

AAJ: Well that's the nature of improvisation: you do it as long as it feels good. If it's shorter rather than longer, then so be it.

PM: That's a specific arrangement. We've done two shows with the lineup that I have now and it'll be focused on the album, as in the two shows we've done. We played at the end of March and the beginning of April, actually those were shows where we only played the album. In previous shows and rehearsals we were focused on the record itself. Now we're focused on expanding the repertoire a little bit, but these songs do stretch out. How the repertoire expands has yet to reveal itself, but it will be augmented in some way.

PM: It takes a lot of practice and conditioning.

AAJ: I'm sure, as the tour moves along, the songs are going to evolve, the interaction's going to evolve and what you may be playing toward the end of the tour might be quite different than what you start out with. That's always fascinated me: to see bands on successive nights or over the period of time they play together, and evolve. They can be quite different and usually they're better if they're still together.

PM: I would agree. And also part of what's exciting to me is we've only had limited number of practices and we've seen improvement with each practice. And even with just the two shows we've done. And we're getting back in the practice space: I love practicing. It's one of my favorite things to do. And I just know that having a couple of gigs under our belt already, once we get out on tour is when I think things will really start to develop.

AAJ: You must be getting pretty excited about that then.

PM: Yeah I am. I'm excited to be rolling. Once you're out on the road...and it's pretty jam- packed...

AAJ: I noticed that looking at the itinerary today: You're not giving yourself a lot of breathing time between shows which is probably a good thing because you never cool down so to speak.

PM: It's not the cooling down thing, it's being on the road in some town with a day off. I'd rather be home. Playing is one thing, but if I'm just there for two days in a row, it just kills—it's a killer. But I really am looking forward to it. It's going to be a little bit of a grind but I know that and I really feel that it's going to be fun.

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