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And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Source Tags and Codes (Cover Artwork)

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead: Source Tags and CodesSource Tags and Codes (2002)
Universal Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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When was the last time you heard a band that strictly played rock music without all the copious tags? Garage rock, emo-rock, yadda yadda who cares. Finally, here's a band that defies all sub-genres and focuses on crafting intelligent, well-written, and gripping rock songs. The band is "...And You Wi.
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When was the last time you heard a band that strictly played rock music without all the copious tags? Garage rock, emo-rock, yadda yadda who cares. Finally, here's a band that defies all sub-genres and focuses on crafting intelligent, well-written, and gripping rock songs. The band is "...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead" and the album is "Source Tags and Codes", their third full length and major label debut. And what a debut it is.

First, let's talk about the CD packaging and artwork. I think stunning would be the appropriate term. The cd booklet is filled with eerie and captivating artwork and creative fonts on the lyric sheet. It reminds me of the Radiohead cd booklets in the sense that they're fun to just flip through and provide excellent visuals when listening to the music. But, fancy shmancy packaging are not what make this band so great. The first track is a 4 or so minute indie rock ballad, with guitar interludes that start building up in the middle of the song and come crashing down at the end. The first single, "Another Morning Stoner" starts off with instantly infectious guitar picking that flourishes into a well crafted mid-tempo rock song. The fourth and eighth tracks ("Homage" and "Days of Being Wild") are similar in that they are absolutely infuriating and fast, complete with shouted vocals a-top swirling, noisy guitars, similar to At the Drive-In.

But, the real gems of this cd lie in the darkness that this album contains. The remainder of the songs are all inter-woven and resonate a sound like if Sonic youth and Joy Division started a side project. Every song builds up and explodes into either a frenzy of screeching guitars or layers of soft melodies strewn upon a grand piano. The lyrics are also incredibly impressive, dealing with subject matter related to the darker and tragic things in life. However, don't think that this album is a downer because once you get into the record, you'll find that it really does captivate. This fucker rocks.

 

 
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MaxTheGreat11 (May 16, 2005)

they make some really interesting music, we need this band to stick around for a while, though this album is much better than its follow up. the best track id say is relative ways.

MYbandishardcore (April 20, 2005)

I got this for my birthday a couple of years ago and only started listening to it recently...
SO AMAZINGLY SWEET!

Anonymous (December 15, 2004)

I have had this record for a long while and I'm just now getting into it. Trail of Dead is incredible.

-Zak

Anonymous (August 11, 2004)

this album is beautiful

-benz

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

staged or not, the trail of dead put on a great show.

waste_elite (March 28, 2003)

"Your not on a major label either. I think it is just not a genuine or impulsive act to break $50 guitars to come across as something they are not."

breaking instruments never has been a genuine or impulsive act, it's always staged. are you saying that Trail of Dead isn't a "real" guitar breaking band? what kind of band is worthy enough to break instruments? it's funny, the only bands that consistently break stuff are the bands that are on major labels and can afford to do so. with that said, NO rock band with sense smashes expensive equipment.

this is fucking stupid, let them smash cheap guitars for christ's sake.

yourfavoritebandsucks (March 27, 2003)

Your not on a major label either. I think it is just not a genuine or impulsive act to break $50 guitars to come across as something they are not.

waste_elite (March 27, 2003)

why is it "weak" to break cheap instruments? i sure as hell wouldn't wanna break a 2 thousand dollar guitar...

waste_elite (March 27, 2003)

maybe you have ADD.

the record's stuck in my head pretty deep. it's subtle, there aren't any real hooks or "gnarly riffs" to speak of. still, after a few spins it'll stick.

and yeah, they have a good sound, i dig it. it's just not particularly original.

yup

yourfavoritebandsucks (March 27, 2003)

I read somewhere that when these guys break their stuff on stage the switch to guitars and amps they buy at pawn shops the day of the show so they don't have to break their good stuff. Pretty weak. The album is good but I agree that it does not really leave an impression after the last track ends. I have listened to it a bunch of times, and I can only remember maybe one or two choruses.

Anonymous (March 27, 2003)

"you've got to be shitting me, this band rips off every single thing that sonic youth and my bloody valentine did 10 years ago. "

yeah, i like that about them.
that's a good sound to have
-themuffingirl

AnaMorph0sIs (March 24, 2003)

This album blew me away last year, amazing record. If you like this one, be sure to check out 'Madonna', an even better record in my opinion.

waste_elite (March 24, 2003)

i don't get it

Anonymous (March 23, 2003)

"New Morning Stoner" was the first single. It sounds like if Jehu sang for Joy Division. Blah blah blah.

I'm joking you tool.

Anonymous (March 23, 2003)

...Speaking of Joy Division, the singer from Interpol claims he never listened to Joy Division and that he is totally original... New bands are all fucking liars, I guess...

Anonymous (March 23, 2003)

"The remainder of the songs are all inter-woven and resonate a sound like if Sonic youth and Joy Division started a side project."

...........I understand the Sonic Youth part, but Joy Division... no.

Anonymous (March 23, 2003)

the new ep is good, too

Anonymous (March 23, 2003)

Joy Division? whom ever wrote this review should actually listen to Joy Division. you shithead.

cactussac (March 23, 2003)

Its a good album... but i'm supprised anyone is able to get over the bands name :) ..

there is no good acronym and saying Trail of Dead sounds just weird.. :)

The album itself is pretty good, it deffinetly rocks and brought me back to my roots a little with it... its fun background music.. just dont expect everyone to like it :)

waste_elite (March 23, 2003)

and this band sounds nothing like joy division, next person that tries to name drop that band gets a foot up their ass.

waste_elite (March 22, 2003)

"pretty original"

you've got to be shitting me, this band rips off every single thing that sonic youth and my bloody valentine did 10 years ago.

i like this band, but please, don't call them original.

StratManX (March 22, 2003)

Fucking amazing album in my mind. Everything just comes together so damn well, not just the instruments but the songs themselves segue incredibly well.

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

they fucking kill live. Not just the breaking shit. Thier live show is sweetass with or without the destruction.

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

Really good record, especially the first 5 tracks and tracks 8 and 11. The guy who said they sounded a bit like Rival Schools is an idiot.

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

the first page of their web site looks like a picture for an 80's video game

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

I don't remember who it was, but someone on this site described this band by saying something along the lines of "I'm rocking out when I listen to Trail of Dead, but when the cd is over, I don't remember a single thing."
I think that sums it up for me as well. Although I like listening to them, I feel as though I'm missing the thing that triggers the lasting effect.

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

Their web site has good graphics, but looks like it was thrown together by a 4 year old.

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

I love this album.

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

reviewer gets a 10 for his user name.

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

i think these guys are overrated, but i say that about everyband. good cd though, pretty original, but not for everyone. sounds like rival schools type indy rock with a harder edge.

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

I think it's strange they are on Interscope. I liked their album Madonna better. They rock, but I wish they were still with Merge Records so I wouldn't feel bad about giving my money to Fred Durst.

hubitcherkokov (March 21, 2003)

Such a sweet name for such a shitty band. A shame, really.

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

wasn't "relative ways" the first single? great album

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

Great record.

jheisel (March 21, 2003)

this album was definitely in the top 3 albums that came out last year. i think i jizzed my pants when the guitars broke out on the first song.

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

this band is really awesome. however, i don't think the rest of their material really lives up to the single (as bad as that sounds)

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