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|Tool for Evening|
|Studio album by The Big Wu|
|Released||Memorial Day Weekend 2004|
|Genre||Rock and Roll|
|Producer|| Chris Castino |
|The Big Wu chronology|
Tool for Evening is the fourth studio album released by The Big Wu during the seventh annual Big Wu Family Reunion on Memorial Day weekend in 2004. The album was recorded 20 minutes outside of The Big Wu’s birthplace at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. The band took an unconventional approach to producing the CD, when they walked into the studio and set up their equipment, not knowing what songs were to be played or how they were going to sound. "We wanted to capture the same feeling as our live shows," said Big Wu guitarist Chris Castino. "I believe we’ve accomplished that. Tool For Evening has a fresh feel to it that comes through more on this CD than on past releases."
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