Thursday, November 4, 2010

And It's So Hard

A band that has been largely without the recognition they deserve but had brief glimpses of the spotlight is ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. They are from a very rich music scene in Austin, TX that boasts bands such as The Black Angels, I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness. Formed by childhood friends Conrad Keely and Jason Reece as a duo they expanded to 2 more members. They released their first self titled album in 1998 and then Madonna in 1999. In 2002 they unleashed their best album to date Source Tags & Codes which was lauded by critics everywhere as a masterpiece. 2005 saw them release World's Apart followed by So Divided in 2006. There were reports of inter-band struggles over the last couple of albums but the band persevered and released The Century Of Self in 2009. A great band that defies being pigeon-holed into any specific music category. Their live shows are often chaotic and energized with Keely and Reece switching vocal and drumming duties. Conrad Keely has also done the artwork on all of the albums and sells select pieces at live shows. You will smile again:

"Mistakes & Regrets"

"Another Morning Stoner"

"Relative Ways"

"All Saints Day"

"The Rest Will Follow"

"Will You Smile Again"

"Naked Sun"

"Segue Sunken Dreams & Sunken Dreams"

"Isis Unveiled"

Their music offers something for everybody so listen and as always spread the good word (and by good word I mean music) to those you know who may like it...

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