The Drive-By Truckers do not get cheated, and neither do their fans. The current tour in support of their new release Brighter Than Creation’s Dark has featured sets of two and a half hours, including 30 minute encore segments. When the set times were posted for the band at Terminal 5, they were given a 9 p.m. start to an 11 p.m. hard curfew. The band promptly took the stage at 8:55 p.m. and muscled their way through a non-stop 100-minute set heavy on new material (ten tracks from Brighter), but with representative songs throughout. When the band returned for the encore with 15 minutes left to curfew, they steamed through over 40 minutes of encore material, including Tom Petty and Jim Carroll covers, and left the crowd energized and satisfied with the full set promised by earlier stops on the tour.
This was our first visit to Terminal 5, the Bowery Presents venue that opened in October. While the cavernous nature of the concert hall is somewhat impersonal and creates a boomy sound, we generally had a positive experience in this venue. The head of security approached us near the end of the opening Whigs set and politely requested that we relocate our recording gear slightly back. We were happy to comply, given the courteous nature of their request, which was in complete contrast to the near-threatening heavy-handedness we experienced last year at Roseland.
As it turns out, the security supervisor was right — our placement for this set was excellent, as we were able to avoid the crush of the floor while remaining in front of the soundboard and dead center. We solved the boom and echo problem by pointing our hyper-cardioid microphones directly at the huge stacks. Despite complaints we have read about the sound at this concert, our recording is truly quite excellent and we are pleased to offer it at nyctaper. Enjoy!
The photograph posted above is part of an outstanding set produced by concert photographer Chris La Putt. The entire set can be seen [here]. Thank you to Chris for his permission to post this excellent photo.
Whigs were recorded and will be posted in the near future.
This recording is now available to download in FLAC or MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].
New York, NY USA
Digital Master Audience Recording
Front of Board Dead Center
Neumann KM-150’s > Monster Cable > Apogee Mini-Me > digital coax > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge 8.0 (level adjustments, downsample 16/44) > CD Wave 1.75 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac
Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
[total time 2:21:43]
01 The Righteous Path
02 Where the Devil Don’t Stay
03 That Man I Shot
04 Self Destructive Zones
05 Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife
06 Daddy Needs a Drink
07 3 Dimes Down
08 Putting People on the Moon
09 Hell No, I Ain’t Happy
10 Checkout Time in Vegas
11 The Living Bubba
12 I’m Sorry Huston
13 Carl Perkins’ Cadillac
14 Sink Hole
15 A Ghost To Most
16 You and Your Crystal Meth
17 Goode’s Field Road
18 Women Without Whiskey
19 Let There Be Rock
20 [encore break]
21 Shut Up and Get on The Plane
22 Rebels (Tom Petty)
23 Zip City
24 18 Wheels of Love
25 Lookout Mountain
26 People Who Died (Jim Carroll)
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