The teasing of #34 since the start of the tour has had many fans wondering if this Under The Table and Dreaming piece might be making a comeback. #34 has not been played live by Dave Matthews Band since March of 1993.
A recent discovery by Michael Kelley has opened new controversy over whether what fans are hearing is actually a #34 tease or in fact a new tune altogether.
As we mentioned in our 4/22/05 podcast (track point 14:12), there are songs playing in the background of the Stand Up DVD that sound like completed tunes, yet did not make the official album tracklist or the additional tracks released on the Warehouse members' disc.
It is of little surprise that there are additional DMB Stand Up sessions studio songs that have not been heard by fans--Dave has said that many tracks were recorded during their time in the studio. What is intriguing is that these background songs from the DVD may be an easter egg in plain sight (or earshot).
While listening closely to a tune playing in the background during an interview segment with Stefan on the Stand Up DVD, Kelley identified what sounds a lot like a #34 riff but at a different pace than normal.
Upon posting it, a number of fans began speculating as to whether specific teases and soundchecks reflected the sound of #34 or this Background Tune on the Stand Up DVD.
Part of what is causing confusion between the two songs is that they both appear to be based on "stacked fifths" a particular selection of notes that played together make up "quintal chords."
You should listen to both the Background Tune and #34 to be familar with each of them:
We've enhanced the bassline and ride levels and run a notch filter to remove Stefan's commentary on a clip from the Background Tune from the DVD. We've also looped it a few times for easier listening. (The DVD cleverly runs vocals over each of the loops of the background tune so that a complete instrumental-only clip is unavailable.)
Listen to Weekly Davespeak's enhanced loop of the Background Tune from the Stand Up DVD.
Listen to a clip of #34 from 3-17-93
Download this recording of #34 in full.
- Additional Detracting Information
There is some detracting information that confuses the possibility further.
Flaming Moe, a believed DMB insider posted on Nancies November of 2004 that "2 [sic] older tunes are looking like they will be on the disc." but also relented that "The old tracks I said don't have to mean anything from 92 or 93...it could mean something from Feb of 2000." (Referring to the Lillywhite Sessions, )This led to both JTR and Blue Water finger-pointing, but no one mentioned the possibility of #34.
Cottondave on Nancies pointed out that the bass line from the DVD sounds somewhat similar to the riff from American Baby where Dave sings "I hold on to you, you bring me hope..." This has been contested on other boards as well.
Different fans who attended different shows are
voicing that they either heard #34, or a song that
sounded like #34 but at a different pace.
(i.e. the riff from the DVD)
There's further speculation that the new tune was sound checked at Hershey Park Stadium. To get an idea of how mixed up the "sightings" of these tunes are, here's what is believed to have happened recently:
6.19 - Not #34
6.25 Sound check - not #34
6.25 Before HFGL - #34
So what's going on? Is DMB reviving the long defunct #34? (Some have suggested a heroic return on the third night of Red Rocks.) Or will we hear a Stand Up Sessions song on the road at a future date on tour? Or could it be both? Stay tuned.
We could really get down to business with a few soundcheck recordings. Do you have a recording of the 6.25.05 soundcheck? We'd like to hear it and post it. Please email us at submissions at weeklydavespeak dot com.