((...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead)) Band Profile and Upcoming New York City Concerts - Oh My Rockness

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

By now, the stage antics of Austin's ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead are well known and well loved. It's truly a guilty pleasure to see a band waste their own money (or their label's, anyway) by destroying their nice instruments every night. I doubt I'll ever outgrow seeing a drum kit ripped to shreds before getting hurtled into the crowd at 90mph. And who doesn't love seeing guitars getting a pile-drive?

What's interesting about their now standard show finale is that it's so unnecessary in order to get the audience jacked up. The notes themselves make for musical mayhem -- just hearing the onslaught of schizophrenic noise is enough to produce sweat and blood. But hey, if they're into it, then I'm into it, because I like to see bands have fun out there. Just take it one day at a time, give 100%, and have fun out there, that's what I always say.

There is no "I" in Trail of Dead (besides the one in "Trail"). The band is truly a team effort. Everyone plays everything. Co-leaders of the ruckus, Conrad Keely and Jason Reece, scream equally in between multi-instrumental duties. And boy, are those two boys rambunctious. At a recent show at Irving Plaza, Reece hurled himself into the crowd BEFORE their set even began. Now that's punk rock.
Published January 20, 2005
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