May 24, 2022 • 5M

Demonstration Tapes: The Engine Driver

From a small rented room in NE Portland, 2004

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Colin Meloy
Demos, unreleased. Come for guitar solos, stay for the bass flubs.
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Between 2003 and 2005, Carson and I rented an upstairs apartment from our then label president Chad Crouch. We each had workrooms of our own, and mine faced Fargo street. I wrote and recorded all of what became the songs for The Decemberists’ 2005 record, Picaresque, in that room. This one, The Engine Driver, came pretty easy, I remember. I might do a d…

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