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And You Will Know Us By The Tr

And You Will Know Us By the Tr Audio CD
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1. Richter Scale Madness
2. Novena Without Faith
3. Fake Fake Eyes
4. Half Of What
5. Gargoyle Waiting
6. Prince With A Thousand Enemies
7. Ounce Of Prevention
8. When We Begin To Steal...

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The eponymous debut of anarchic art-punkers ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead first surfaced on Texan label Trance Syndicate in early 1998--a furious flashstorm of detuned guitars recalling the ragged freeform dynamic of Sonic Youth, the guitar-mangling showman excess of The Who, and--on "Gargoyle Waiting"--a tendency to slip into flights of borderline-prog Dungeons & Dragons fantasy. It was, unsurprisingly, a huge hit with the few critics that actually got to hear it--but Trance Syndicate's eventual bankruptcy saw the record sink without trace this side of the pond.

Ever the showmen, though, ...Trail Of Dead's cult reputation quickly began to precede them; when the Austin quartet hit it big with their mighty second album Madonna, promoted by a series of well-publicised and splendidly anarchic British live shows, their British label Domino were quick to exhume and re-release this seminal debut. Fans of Madonna might be surprised; tucked around the righteous punk-rock rallying calls, there are a few experimental forays like "Novena Without Faith" that reveal a far more experimental side to Trail Of Dead's oeuvre--although unlike Sonic Youth, when they are out there, they seldom put a foot wrong. A baptism of fire? ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead ranks up there with the best of them. -- Louis Pattison

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5.0 out of 5 stars hang on to your seats, it's the Trail of Dead! Dec 28 2000
Format:Audio CD
I was a substitute teacher about 10 years ago and had the pleasure (?) of taking a 'special' class of hyperactive kids to an assembly on Valentines Day, AFTER they'd gotten amped on candy.
AYWKUBTTOD are just like those kids - the world of music is their playground, and once onstage they just CAN'T KEEP STILL. At the first live show I saw (before this lovely gem was released) they broke a snare drum on the first song, and were shocked when another local band lent them a drum (bands in their native Austin know better). I remember drummer/guitarist/singer #2, Jason, walking offstage in mid-set and twirling around on the floor on one arm, as if to stir up the crowd like a human blender. These guys have a lot of energy to release, and usually take it out on their arsenal of equipment that knows it lives on borrowed time.
Sonically, this band makes an undeniable nod to the great Sonic Youth era where beautiful noisescapes were barely contained within 'song' frameworks. The Trail of Dead boys have done their homework, and offer a storybook of consistently mesmerizing works of sheer power and pensive grace.
In the album's opener, they get their manifesto right out there, ("This is a riot, right??") as if to warn the timid to hang on dearly. Then "Novena Without Faith" proves just how many gears of the rock machine these guys have mastered with a mellow, yet driving, dreamy quality. Check out the sound byte enclosed here of "Fake Fake Eyes" to hear how much territory they can seamlessly cover in 30 seconds.
Their albums can be addicting for the sheer force of the moods they create, particularly in "Gargoyle Waiting" which sounds like one of them took up residence atop a cathedral in December.
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4.0 out of 5 stars NME online review Aug. 24 2000
By ancil
Format:Audio CD
since nobody has found any reviews helpful here is NME's review
JIM JARMUSCH WOULD surely be intrigued. After all, it isn't every week that a band turns up from Austin, Texas via Olympia and Hawaii with a moniker ten words long which implies much shadowy miserablism going down in the spooky ol' Midwest. Either that, or we're about to uncover Cradle Of Filth's long lost cousins of symphonic carnage...
Fear not, kids of popness: And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead are actually four well-turned out chaps with uniform mod crops and biographical details along the lines of "a self-contained destruction unit". They made their live debut in 1995, this is their first ever album, and against several odds it rocks like a raccoon on a snowboard.
For Yankophile thrill-seekers the globe over, Sonic Youth and Afghan Whigs are the most obvious reference points lurking within the likes of 'Richter Scale Madness' and 'When We Begin To Steal' respectively. From Da Yoof they purloin searing guitars; from Les Whigs they adopt that mixture of menace and pathos, captured within the audacious sprawl of 'Novena Without Faith' which fizzles for eight-and-a-half minutes.
Of course, size isn't everything. Many of these eight tracks are content to whiplash in around the classic three-minute mark, although the majority are probably a tad too whacked-out for mass consumption. On 'Fake Fake Eyes' AYWKUBTTOD (cheers!) make like Urusei Yatsura's dads; during 'Prince With A Thousand Enemies' you could swear they were parodying Placebo's 'Bruise Pristine'; 'When We Begin To Steal' is quite, quite lovely, climaxing in a mosquito dub storm. And the rest scrambles past with varying degrees of foxiness, niftiness and a few other words that rhyme with 'bloody marvellous musical mess'.
Which is nice.
8/10 Simon Williams
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5.0 out of 5 stars immense in every aspect May 31 2003
By Shiner
Format:Audio CD
When i saw this trail of dead album in the shop, i hated the front cover but i knew the band is good. this was just before they release another morning stoner. Called me shallow but i didn't want to buy it cause of the cheap front cover. but i some how got past that and brought. that was a great decision because it's now one of my favirite albums.the song "Half of What" is the best on the album by far. these guys rock don't let me down by not buying this immense masterpiece!
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5.0 out of 5 stars immense in every aspect May 31 2003
By Shiner
Format:Audio CD
When i saw this trail of dead album in the shop, i hated the front cover but i knew the band is good. this was just before they release another morning stoner. Call me shallow but i didn't want to buy it cause of the ... front cover. but i some how got past that and brought it. that was a great decision because it's now one of my favirite albums. The song "Half of What" is the best on the album by far. these guys rock don't let me down by not buying this immense album!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trails Off March 23 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have to say that after the first song, Richter Scale Madness, I was a little disappointed with the CD. I purchased this CD while waiting for their 2002 release (Source Codes..)and I hope their new CD is better. The sound engineering was weak, and the songs sound like an amped up version of Pink Floyd's The Wall with it's psychodelic vibe.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This band is great but April 26 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
the recording on this record is terrible! Where was this recorded? A concrete bunker? A tin can? Behind a three foot wall of mud? If you want to know how this band should sound, listen to Source Tags. The recording on this one almost kills it. I really do dig this band though and these songs would be great..
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