And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead is an American alternative rock band from Austin, Texas. The chief members of the band are Jason Reece and Conrad Keely (formerly Conrad Sobsamai). The two alternate between drumming, guitar and lead vocals, both on recordings and live shows. The band is known for their wild, energetic concerts.
January 17th, 2020 the band will release their tenth album X: The Godless Void and Other Stories five years on from the release of their previous record. Austin’s art-rock punk mothertruckers are definitely a band with their with uniqueness and distinctive character. The duo has had time to sharpen their creative power in recent years! The track Don`t Look Down,
«When Conrad Keely moved to Cambodia, we both had time to live our lives and do different things, Reece explains. Coming back to the band, there was a new vigor to it. It all feels exciting still».
Expansive yet concise, X: The Godless Void And Other Stories leans in and reaches forth…. From the synth-orchestral swell of curtain-raiser Opening Crescendos that recalls Hans Zimmer and Tangerine Dream to All Who Wander , a descending guitar-soaked high drama that simmers underlying despondence that crawls psychic. The track Into The Godless Void, a noisy and thrilling an existential anthem as the band have ever put their name to!
The band played their first show in 1995, the same year they released a live rendition of the darkly dissonant Novena Without Faith as a demo on a mixtape via Golden Hour, an underground cassette-only label. They swiftly became as well known for trashing their instruments as for the giddy thrill of their wide-eyed noise-rock, culminating in the majestic sprawl of their self-titled debut album two years later.
Absorbing the chaos and reckless abandon they made their way to make the Self Titled album (1997) and through the flame to form Madonna (1999) and Source Tags And Codes (2002), Worlds Apart (2005), So Divided (2007) Century of Self (2009) to 2011’s triumphant Tao Of The Dead and its jagged follow-up Lost Songs (2012). Working away finally on IX (2014)….Trail ….with all the years and days of being wild… they have kept up a rather nice work ethic…. Never giving in to whatever is en vogue at the moment ….
Work on X: The Godless Void And Other Stories began in earnest in 2018, after Keely returned to the band’s hometown of Austin following five years in Cambodia. That also marked a return to action for Trail Of Dead, with previous album IX having dropped in 2014 – in that time, fellow founder member Jason Reece put time into other musical projects back in Texas while Keely released his solo record Original Machines (2016) and continued to spend time on his illustration work, as well as his long-gestating science fantasy novel Strange News From Another Planet.