ALBUM INCOMING: Trail of Dead

Texas band is ready to “fucking break it again.”

 

BY RYAN BRADFORD

 

The underlying mysticism in …And You Will Know Us By The
Trail Of Dead’s music has become the diametric yin to the band’s wild Texan
image (don’t they break shit on stage?), making them one of rock’s most
intriguing-yet-polarizing, bands. Naturally, while discussing the band’s new releases
with singer/multi-instrumentalist Conrad Keely, religion and spirituality come
up.

 

“Bells of Creation” is based off [a] Protestant hymn that I
used to sing in the British school I went to,” says Keely of the track from TOD’s
Festival Time EP. Dead notes drive
the rousing stomper into a shimmering guitar build-up that culminates in a
full-scale drum apocalypse; this is hardly the pop experimentalism of 2006’s #So Divided#. Nor is it your grandma’s
idea of an uplifting church song.

 

For their sixth studio album The Century of Self, produced by Mike McCarthy and Chris “Frenchie”
Smith and out Feb. 17, drummer/vocalist Jason Reece says TOD is focusing on “a
more organic, natural sound,” as opposed to the more structured,
studio-oriented aesthetic of previous albums. “It’s really refreshing.” The new
album is also “more guitar-driven,” adds Keely. “We’ve been experimenting with
a lot more guitar sounds, whereas the last two records have been based around
piano.”

 

To further shake things up, Trail of Dead had experimental
entrepreneur Chris Coady (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) master the album. They’ve
also ditched Interscope to form their own imprint, Richter Scale, on Justice
Records. “A lot of bands go for the ‘if it’s not broken, don’t fix it’ motto,”
says Reece. “We’re like, ‘Fucking break it again.'” 

 

 

 

 

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