...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
Seven albums and nine previous members down the line, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead are a prime example that music is a constant and ever changing process. Now, with a settled line up, Conrad Keely, Jason Reece, Autry Fulbright II and Jamie Miller offer the bands seventh studio album "Tao of the Dead".
Recorded in just ten days, their latest offering comes in two parts, each side taking a specific tuning, the first in D and the second in F. This creates a choice for the listener, if they want to hear it in sixteen different movements or two elongated tracks. Part one "Tao of the Dead" is split into eleven tracks, whereas part two, "Strange News From Another Planet" is five songs combined into one. Describing the albums composition, Conrad Keely quotes "It's the way I listened to albums as a kid, seeing as some of my favorite records were Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon", Yes' "Relayer" and "Close to the Edge"...I always liked listening to records that were just a continuous piece, like an orchestra or a symphony"
Not appeased with being segregated to set instruments, Jason and Conrad regularly shift between lead vocals, guitar and percussion, a sure fire sign of the knowing sound and inclination the pair have spent years obtaining.
Originating in Austin, Texas, their live performances have often been acknowledged for their anarchic displays of energy and willingness to destroy the very tools they use to create their post punk reverberations. Their instruments may not survive, but the music will.
...Tao of the Dead does feel, in its songs and structure alike, like the first post - Source Tags record not cooled in the giant shadow of their decade old triumph; more patient, more potent, more dynamic, less overloaded, the band deftly charting out their "Flight of the Navigator" death trip, the skewed alt - prog fantasia between their ears come hurtling to life. Set your controls for the heart of our bong.