Source Tags & Codes
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|1. It Was There That I Saw You|
|2. Another Morning Stoner|
|5. How Near How Far|
|6. Heart in the Hand of the Matter|
|8. Days of Being Wild|
|9. Relative Ways|
|10. After the Laughter|
|11. Source Tags and Codes|
Artist, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. UK edition of the U.S. emo band's 2002 album includes one bonus track, 'Blood Rites'.
With their first major-label release, Austin's most destructive live act will hopefully move from notoriety for trashing their instruments to appreciation for the way they use them. Source Tags & Codes is the third release from the band with the long name, and it is a volatile time bomb of emo, art rock, and post rock that explodes with emotion on every song. The walls of guitar effects and tense, heated vocals provide the band's driving aggression, but they soften the blows with bouts of dark melody, even adding strings and piano in places. The album should please fans of bands such as At the Drive In, Unwound, and Les Savy Fav, but Source Tags & Codes weighs in as heavier, noisier, and, in places, more tormented and beautiful than those bands. With enough twists in its movements to ward off any signs of predictability, Source Tags & Codes is an impressive rock collage that exposes new musical layers with each listen. --Jennifer Maerz
Top Customer Reviews
Loss and regret are key themes of Source Tags & Codes, and this is evident in the first proper track, It Was There That I Saw You, with lyrics like "It was there that I saw you, in the heat of a summer's embrace/ But as time went on, I wondered what went wrong/ I wondered what became of you". It wonderfully evokes the long-gone dreams of lost seasons. Another Morning Stoner asks, "Why is a song the world to me?", which is probably something that any music obsessive can relate to.
Sometimes ...Trail Of Dead are melodramatic and pretentious with their imagery and lyrics, but they do it with such style that it's irresistible; note Monsoon, with the line "rivers run red with their blood", among a series of apocalyptic evocations on the album.
One of the record's great strenghts is the way that everything fits together so perfectly. This is in no small part due to the brilliantly judged instrumental interludes between songs, which segue the tracks together. Nearly every track is layered and detailed, with new ideas revealing themselves with every listen. The more spontaneous punk rock blasts (Baudelaire, Days Of Being Wild), which recall early Manic Street Preachers, are infectious and blistering, and even the heaviest track, Homage, carries the listener with an unstoppable crazed momentum.
The best is saved for two tracks at the end, Relative Ways and the title track. These tracks are basically about life, and its simultaneous beauty and hopelessness.Read more ›
The only really good song on this album is Baudelaire. It's based on a single, descending guitar riff. But it's a perfect riff, right up there with the best of AC/DC and Kiss. (Of course, they overproduced the song and made sure the lyrics were vaguely intellectual, so if you who don't like the stupid/fun of Kiss and AC/DC, you'll still like this.) The first song is pretty good, too, but it's all in the dynamics, which I've already heard over and over by everyone from Nirvana to Godspeed You Black Emperor.
This is a solid 3-star album because it's loud and just eccentric enough to be interesting about half the time. I should drop a few more stars for the horrible band name and the ugly CD booklet, but I'm a very nice person. Hopefully, this band will develop into something more original. They can look back at this as their Sonic-Youth-rip-off album and laugh.
There is alot of emotion on this Record,and I believe these guys do mean it.There's even a reference to the great-poet Charles Baudelaire on the track apptly named "Baudelair" which reads like a Baudelaire Poem.This album even has a Neo-Experimental edge to it,not the kind of experimental that only Bohemians and People like MES Like.This Radio friendly Experimental,so indie rock kids will find this very Accessible.The Best Tracks on here are The last three,"relative ways""After the laughter" and the best of them all"Sources Tags and Codes" the title track."Relative ways" sounds like a modern rock song from the Early 90's with a little bit of Emo.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I picked this up after weeks of incessant urging by a friend of mine. I respect (although often disagree) with his taste in music and I had reservations about this one. Read morePublished on July 2 2004
I was reading Kelly Link stories and I decided this was a masterpiece. I'm listening to Husker Du; Zen Arcade of course. Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by Francis Patsen
Not a bad little album. Nothing mind-blowing or remarkably new, but what's done is done well. At its best, there's a lot of inspired and wonderful noise - the way the band plays... Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by Michael Pemulis
I was at the University of Texas in Austin when these guys just started out. You can not believe the buzz about them that developed among the intella-indie scene around west... Read morePublished on May 11 2004 by Colin L Garrett
Killer record that flows tremendously well from beginning to end. So they're a bit derivative, what isn't? the album still rocks like a mother focker. Read morePublished on April 18 2004
When I spun this disc I felt like it was 1993 all over again and I was waking up to "Serve the Servants" and going to bed with "Release. Read morePublished on March 9 2004 by D. Best
If the Earth suddenly realized it had been dead for a long, long time, these songs are the sounds it would make as it blinked out of existence. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004 by Evil Mr. Egg
...loud, distorted and derivative: That describes some of my favorite bands of all time! Let's face it people, it all overlaps. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2004 by Johnny Utah
I'll echo the sentiments expressed here. The first time I heard this album, the explosion of "It Was Then That I Saw You" hooked me. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2003