Ahab's Leg features Michael's "athletic" drumming; recorded live at UC Davis, Calif. during the Knitting Factory's U.S. Tour.
"There’s just the energy that I always felt, like more than any other group that I’ve ever been involved with, especially when you got done. It felt like you’ve been involved in some sort of athletic activity, in a good way, not in a bad way, because there’s a lot of music. I’d sort of use all parts of my brain, my body, cause it was physically demanding. It was more like playing in a rock band cause it was high energy. There were a lot of fast tempos, and it would go on for a long time. It just required a lot of physical energy, which was great.
"I mean, we could play for a long time. Some of the tunes were really long, they were like these long journeys.
"So, I know a couple of tunes that we played were 20-minute tunes long, and that’s pretty long. I mean, if we were playing more than one set in the night, we'd try to stretched it so the tunes would probably be that long or something. But if we played one set, they could be long.
"I do remember Mario (Pavone, the bassist) one time, yelling out from the band stand, 'I’m tired!'. It became a joke, a running joke in the band for a long time, cause we were playing on and on and on. Thomas thought that was the funniest thing. 'I’m tired.’ it was hilarious."