From NPR Music:
..And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead has a name that unravels as epically as its music, and is as lengthy as the band’s history. With a career that spans more than 17 years and seven albums, the story begins in Olympia, Wash., where in 1994 the band’s core members Conrad Keely and Jason Reece first started playing together. After moving to Austin, they would form Trail Of Dead. The line-up continued to grow, and in 1998 the band released its self-titled debut album, capturing the ears of epic rock lovers with wildly energetic shows. The group would shift through various record labels, including Trance, Merge and Interscope Records, until it created its own Richter Scale Records.
On this year’s LP, Tao of the Dead, the band teamed up with producer Chris Coady and tapped into a serious ’70s rock vein, from Pink Floyd, Yes, Neu! and the like. Conceptual in nature, the album is more of an unfolding two-part tale with melodic jam sessions that fit within the frame of several chapters and movements.
You can listen to the entire performance here.
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