It's really cool to think about the progression of things...the creative process is amazing. These recordings show the start of some truly great songs, yet in the actual execution, they are somewhat unrefined and unsolidified. Like in the Lack of Color demo - when I learned that song on guitar (so long ago...), I always hit that nasty open string by accident. Lo and behold, the same mistake comes out loud and clear in the demo (1:02, 2:56, eg.), even though it's never heard in the final recording, which is, in my mind, perfect.
I don't know if anyone has heard this story, but apparently a couple days before the record was due to be mastered, Chris decided he didn't like the Title and Registration arrangement, and re-recorded the entire song, aside from vocals. And lo and behold it's the song that introduced me to Death Cab and one of my favourites to date.
Ummm wow. Definitely didn't expect something of this much variance from the finished product. It's great too because Ben's voice is amazing in every setting so it sounds like just mastered reworkings. Awesome.
Edit: Also, let's update the DCFC picture with the one from that NPR article. Skinny Ben and all 4 members. Great pic