(Released in 2014.)
Back in 2000, Mike began earnestly preparing for his most ambitious project to date, the 80-minute technicolor epic Dancing. To give his eight-piece band time to get ready for "Kamp Keneally," a communal living experience of rehearsals and recording, he swiftly laid down nine of the key songs, employing his voice, guitar, keyboard and a few overdubs. The result was a fresh, intimate first glimpse of the music that later blossomed on the finished record.
When Mike directly speaks to the listener or slows down a particularly gnarly part in these blueprint recordings, it's fun to imagine that you're one of the enthusiastic band members being introduced to the wonders of Mike's newest music.
Hearing the recently rediscovered demos for the first time in many years, Mike was delighted. "It was nice to get a new perspective on these tunes and to hear them fresh without preconceptions, much as my bandmates in BFD did at the time."
Along with the Dancing Demos digital audio download, you'll also get an exclusive digital booklet.
There are two types of downloads available (see pull-down menu at top right):
MP3: A zip file containing high-quality (256k variable bit rate) mp3 audio files, compatible with all mp3 players. Our mp3s provide excellent sound for most uses. The files are DRM-free, meaning that there is no anti-copying code buried in them (we trust you).
FLAC: A much larger zip file (roughly four times the size of our mp3s) that offers CD-quality sound, the FLAC format is for experienced users and requires additional software. The FLAC format is not supported by iTunes or Windows Media Player. More information about FLAC can be found here: http://flac.sourceforge.net.
Dancing Demos' songs: