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In 2002, The Screaming Trees had recently disbanded and Lanegan was in the early years of his solo offerings (at this point he had released a mere five solo albums). The songs on Houston (Publishing Demos 2002) were written, recorded, then shelved. Until now, with the release of this 12-song collection of previously unreleased demos via Ipecac Recordings.
"When I first started, I wrote The Winding Sheet, and I didn’t know how to play guitar, but I had an offer to make a record, so I made up singing parts. I was working in a warehouse, and at the end of the day I would come up with a vocal melody, and I would go home. I had a guitar chord book, and I would find the chords that went underneath the vocal melody, so I was really doing it backwards.
"Then when I had those songs, Mike (Johnson, collaborator) came in, and wrote intros, and middle sections, and outros, and all of the other stuff that you need in a song (laughs) besides the singing part. Then of course later, Mike would often right entire songs musically, and I would write the words and singing, that happened a lot also. He’s one of my all time favorite musicians. I made a covers record a couple years ago, and he came over from France where he lives now, and played on it with me, and it was a great time." — Mark Lanegan
|1. No Cross|
|2. Two Horses|
|3. When It’s In You (Methamphetamine Blues)|
|4. High Life|
|5. I’ll Go Where You Send Me|
|6. Grey Goes Black|
|7. The Primitives|
|9. Halcyon Daze|
|10. Nothing Much To Mention|
|11. A Suite For Dying Love|
|12. Way To Tomorrow|