First of all, we want to wish you and yours a happy holiday season.
Our gift to you is the same as it is (most) every month...a 7MP3. For December, we have a live version of "Times Like These" recorded in Ironton, OH earlier this year. As most of you know, "Times Like These" is on the Rock Crown release and it makes its way into a set every now and then. It's not easy to work in a 5 minute mostly acoustic song, especially in an outdoor festival setting...but that's what went down here.
What's interesting about this version is the extra verse at the end. Powerful stuff. I first heard the band do this back in 2006 and had forgotten about it until Danny Kent sent me a bunch of CDs featuring audio and his photos of Seven Mary Three shows over the past couple of years. A shout out to Danny for his support of 7M3, for his band photos (seen throughout 7M3.com and beyond), and for his newfound love of recording our shows. We're lucky to have fans like Danny and there are so many of them out there...you know who you are.
Hope you enjoy "Times Like These" and this photo Danny took at the Ironton show. We'll be ringing in the New Year with our first show in Casper, WY. See you in 2012.
Apologies for the missing October 7MP3…time got away from us here at 7M3 HQ.
At any rate, the November 7MP3 is a live version of "Where Are You Calling From?" recorded on June 2, 2004 in lovely Decatur, IL.
I'm not sure who recorded this or sent it to me, though I think it may have been Laura Hoh since we are in her neck of the woods and Jason Ross name checks her during this set. This is basically a board tape so you aren't going to hear anything approaching pristine sound, but there's something special about the performance and "Where Are You Calling From?" has long been one of my favorites off Dis/Location. Hope you enjoy it too.
While I have you, I want to throw a quick plug to 7M3 merch for the holidays. Some great shirts and combo packs make good gifts for the 7M3 fan or friend you want to convert. Click here to get to the store.
And, we're playing Casper, WY on New Years Eve. We can cross that off our bucket list. See you in Wyoming!
Our 7MP3 for September is a Ross/Juliano cover of The Byrds "Truck Stop Girl" recorded live in 2007.
You may not know much about this song, but you should. It comes from The Byrds 1970 release Untitled/Unissued. This is 5 years after their heyday with "Turn Turn Turn" and "Mr. Tambourine Man" and the story goes that Columbia screwed up by releasing the record without a title. You can read more about that here. If you like what you hear, check out the Gram Parsons era of The Byrds and their late 60s/early 70s records. Amazing stuff.
What's always struck me about this version is Jason's delivery of a line towards the end of the song that touches on what happened to our truck driver named Danny. Jason renames him Sammy, which has to be a callout to the one and only Sam Mitcham, who most of our diehard fans know was Seven Mary Three's production and tour manager for nearly 15 years. Luckily Sam doesn't drive a big rig...
Enjoy "Truck Stop Girl".
This month we're going to rock. Our July 7MP3 is "Headstrong", recorded live in Foxboro MA in March 2009.
As (most of) you know, "Headstrong" is from American Standard making it at least 16 years young. Maybe it's the old soul in me (or just the fact I am old) but I'm always excited to hear the band perform material from this era. Millions of us bought that record and it has strong associations with a different time in our lives. While we all share that connection when we hear it today, only 4 people on the planet know what it's like to have written and recorded those songs in '94 and '95 and only a handful more have performed them as a member of Seven Mary Three. Have you ever thought about it from their perspective? What it's like to sing and play a song now that you wrote when you were in your teens? If it's something you don't regularly play does if feel like you are covering another bands' song?
Deep Thoughts with Jack Handey aside, this version of "Headstrong" feels full of life to me. Ross and Casey feel reconnected and Tommy and Mike bring new energy to the performance. A special shout out to Brandon Dingeman for recording this show.
Enjoy "Headstrong". Share it with the world.
And, remember…air conditioning is your friend this summer.
June 2011 7MP3
We've got an incredible version of "Lucky" for our June 7MP3. This was recorded live at a the now (semi) infamous Ross/Juliano City Arts Factory show in March 2007. Jason and Thomas played mostly covers that night with a few 7M3 gems from the past (like this one) and debuted several songs that would later be on day&nightdriving.
If you are reading this, chances are you are familiar with "Lucky". It's one of the bands most popular songs and finds its way into the set most every night. I first heard the song right after American Standard was released at at radio station (WEND) in Charlotte. The band was doing an acoustic set live at WEND and decided to play a new song, which turned out to be "Lucky". It's impact on me (and everyone else at Mammoth, their record label at the time) was incredible. The label was in the midst of the rocket known as "Cumbersome" but we couldn't wait to release the next record so the rest of the world could hear "Lucky". After legal wrangling and delays brought on by the Mammoth/Atlantic split, "Lucky" led off the Rock Crown release and became that records biggest hit despite the fact it was the third single on the record (behind "Rock Crown" and "Make Up Your Mind"). It still gives me chills listening to it now, and this City Arts version certainly delivers.
You know the drill by now. Enjoy the free download and please share the track with your friends via email, Facebook, and Twitter. We'll even bring back Friendster if you want. The download widget makes it easy for you to share the track.
We've got some Florida dates July 4th weekend and many others in the works. Stay tuned to the Tour section and/or let us pepper you with the good word on Facebook and Twitter.
Stay cool this summer. Enjoy "Lucky"
May 2011 7MP3
The May 7MP3 is our cover of the Eddie Floyd classic "Big Bird", recorded live in Foxboro MA in March 2009. The band first debuted this song during our day&allnighter weekend a month earlier at the House of Blues show and "Big Bird" was a fixture in our sets through '09 into '10. A great version of an incredible song. Check out the vocal stylings of Thomas Juliano during the call and response parts...
In case you are stopping in for the first time, here's the deal with 7MP3. We do a monthly free MP3 for our fans and ask that you share this with your friends. Free music is a good thing and a great way for us to build a direct rapport with our fans. We make sharing easy through the download process--you can easily post a widget on your Facebook, myspace or Twitter. Pretty cool, huh?
We've got a bunch of great shows in May, starting with a pre Kentucky Derby bash this Friday in Louisville. Check the tour section for details.
We've got a really cool version of "Peel" for our April 7MP3. This was recorded live back in 2003 at a small venue off Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando--we played semi-plugged or stripped down or whatever acoustic/electric description you want to use. What makes this version special is how different it is from the one you all know (and hopefully love) off Orange Avenue. This version of "Peel" starts slow and builds and builds, finding the same intensity but in a completely different way while allowing the lyrics room to shine. It's also marked by a mistake in the middle of the song--Tommy either becomes unplugged or his amp drops out for about twenty seconds in the middle of the song. Normally I wouldn't point out a mistake but it's incredible how he comes back into the song with an awesome lead and the way the crowd responds. Live acoustastrippeddown shows are not perfect...
Please enjoy the free download and share it with your friends via Facebook, email, Twitter, myspace, or with a homemade cassingle. We've got some cool tools that make it easy to share once you've started the process of download. Can't help on the cassingle...
May is gearing up to be a busy month with shows in Louisville, KY (Derby Eve), outside Dallas, Tampa, Orlando and St. Louis. And, if you like to gamble and have heard of Sin City we have something for you too. Details on these shows here. The band had two great shows in Alaska in March...
Enjoy your spring (or fall if your name is Wayne). And, thanks for your support of Seven Mary Three.
Our 7MP3 for March is "Was A Ghost", recorded at a Ross/Juliano show at City Arts Factory in March of 2007. Recordings of this show have made the rounds amongst our fans for years--Jason and Tommy did mostly covers and tracks from the soon to be released day&nightdriving. "Was a Ghost" was a live favorite from the first time the band performed it and this stripped down version allows the lyrics and Jason's voice to really shine.
A quick aside about day&nightdriving...This was the first record we recorded over time in multiple places instead of the standard method of blocking out a bunch of studio time and rolling tape. Jason and Thomas recorded much of the record in home studios (theirs and co-producer Brian Paulson's) before bringing Casey and Giti in to track drums and bass at Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium. This way we got the big sounds in a big room and the more imtimate ones in more intimate settings. We finished the record in early 2007, right around the time this version of "Was A Ghost" was performed. If you don't own day&nightdriving, I suggest you immediately correct that problem.
Enjoy the free download and please feel free to share it with your friends via Facebook, myspace, Twitter, email, and by carrier pigeon.
We just announced three shows in May and are gearing up for summer shows. We hope to see you soon.
Happy New Year
Allow us to be the hundredth (or thousandth) person to wish you a Happy New Year. Here's hoping 2011 is a great one for all!
We want to get you off to a good start with the January 7MP3, our cover of Freedy Johnston's "Bad Reputation". This was recorded live at our private day&allnighter show in Orlando. Since the majority of these recordings became the Backbooth release, most of you know this show well since you were either there and/or own the music! Ross introduced "Bad Reputation" that night by saying "This is a song that reminds me of delivering pizza". It was in heavy rotation for most of us way back in the mid 90s.
If you like the song and have never heard of Freedy Johnston, you're in for a treat. Freedy has a catalog of great records, but in particular you should check out 1992's Can You Fly and 1994's This Perfect World. So many incredible songs--"Mortician's Daughter", "Responsible", "In The New Sunshine", "Across the Avenue", "This Perfect World" and of course "Bad Reputation".
Same drill as always. Download the song in this here fancy player. Please tell your friends about it--they too are welcome to download it for free! And, by all means, please post it to your Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or any other social networks you are part of. We make it easy for you--click the appropriate logo after you have entered your email and follow the prompts.
The band is gearing up for their first ever shows in Alaska in March and, like the rest of the world, trying to stay warm (even in Florida).
Enjoy 2011 and thanks for your support.
The November 7MP3 is a live version of Let Me Ride/Things I Stole recorded less than two weeks ago at our show in Mt Pleasant, MI. Fans of the band will be excited about "Things I Stole", a favorite from day&nightdriving that the band has dusted off and started playing again. Die hard fans may be more excited about the "Let Me Ride" intro. This song is from the American Standard era, written and recorded in the same session the band demoed "Lucky". A very cool medley with two incredible Seven Mary Three songs.
If you like what you hear, you should check out the video here:
The audio and video are courtesy of Scott Wellestat. Scott is one of our best fans and has shot tons of great video of Seven Mary Three through the years. He manned one of the cameras at our Backbooth show, so he is partly to blame/thank for the bonus video footage you have if you purchased the deluxe package. He has a few videos up from that show and we will have more on the 7M3 youtube channel shortly. Also, props to our soundman Jason Westbrook who makes it happen for us in venues big and small behind the board.
Enjoy Let Me Ride/Things I Stole and feel free to spread the love by forwarding the track/player/widget and posting it to Facebook.
Happy November to all...