Eels are set to release a new live album on February 20.
‘With Strings – Live At Town Hall’ was recorded in New York on June 30 during the band’s world tour, which kicked off in May this year.
The group visited Europe, the US and Australia as part of the ‘with strings’ jaunt which wound up at Auckland’s Saint James Theater in New Zealand.
Speaking about his decision to add the classical instruments for the trek, Eels mainman Mark Oliver Everett – aka E – said: “I’m not going to make a polka album just because I can. It’s not in me, not this year, anyway, and I’m not doing different things to try to dazzle the audience with my wide horizons. There’s just some stuff in me that needs to come out.”
Alongside 19 takes on songs spanning Eels entire catalogue, the live album also sees the band taking on Bob Dylan’s ‘Girl From North Country’, Johnny Rivers‘ ‘Poor Side Of Town’ and The Left Banke’s ‘Pretty Ballerina’.
The Eels‘ ‘With Strings – Live At Town Hall’ concert film, being release on DVD simultaneously with the CD, includes eight songs that are not included on the CD, while the CD version features four songs from the evening’s performance that are not in the film.