From Rock Island With Love

by | Apr 7, 2007

Daytrotter is a nice place to score unique tracks from bands like The Slip, The Pony’s, These United States and Evangelicals.

Here the Daytrotters explain their set up and attraction to road weary bands seeking their own raw sound and some interweb love:

These fine people — as they’re traveling through America’s heartland — take two hours out of their travels between shows to stop in for a Daytrotter Session at Futureappletree Studio One in downtown Rock Island, Ill. The name of the city is not ironic. They use borrowed instruments, play with their touring mates, utilize a often unkempt toilet, eat some food and then cram back into their vans for the last half of the drive. What they leave behind is a pile of ashes, sometimes a forgotten stocking hat and four absolutely collectible songs that often impart on whomever listens to them the true intensity that these musicians put into their art, sometimes with more clarity than they do when they have months to tinker with overdubs and experiments. These songs are them as they are on that particular day, on that particular tour — dirty and alive.