Source Tags & Codes
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Japanese Version featuring a 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
Trail of dead somehow manages to hurdle over they're competitors, while still keeping each song fresh. The album starts out hard very fast, which will turn off someone looking for a nice relaxing album. But the fact of the matter is, with a lot of the harder stuff on the radio today, and even in my own CD player, this album is pretty laid back.
They do manage to rock out on a couple of tracks, mainly the first four, but after that the album settles back into a flow that is left undisturbed for the remainder of the ride. My favourite tracks are #5, and #2. You'll have to exuse me, I don't really care for track titles, so I just name them by numbers. #5 is the first real laid back track, but it still keeps this edge that eventually teeters out into the rest of the album.
The last track though, almost relives the entire album, without making it hard. And the last bit of the album, a little hidden string number is an excellent way to end my favourite album so far this year.
think of a good mix of sonic youth, rites of spring, black flag, yes (I mean this, and they user the influence in a very good way), beatles, and pet sounds era beach boys, and some free jazz work. with the opener "It was there that i saw you" first seems to be a monster of a song...then changes in to this soft, laid back song, the again the monster grows, like if sonic youth was playing and then BAM brian wilson came in and said shut up.
or the beautiful How near how far, think john coltrane conducting the beatles on how to play. now these comparisons sound weird, but they use them in such a way, that theres no band that sounds like this, yes they get comparisons to sonic youth, but this album smashes that comparsion, and almost makes sonic youth look stupid.
But the most genius song on the record is the title track, amazing song the way the string section flows with the song, the way the guitars come in, its a beautiful song, think Yes and brian wilson writing together
Artsy without being too artsy. Punk without being punk, progressive without being progressive. its rock n roll, the way its ment to be played, taking all your influences and putting out your own version of the perfect record to you the mussican at the moment, and its damn beautiful, a record that will be talked about for years to come...
"Baudelaire" is an ace song, not limiting its enigmatically dark French bard of a source. "Homage" is a raw rampage and there is rat-a-tat drumming on "How Near How Far", a mournful jewel. The anger is wearing on "Heart in the Hand of the Matter" but the music keeps up, "Monsoon" reminds me of early Chuck Mosely Faith No More and "Days of Being Wild" is really just stripped down to its anger, not bad at all though. "Relative Ways" would make a good single, "After the Laughter" is an instrumental, and the closer, "Source Tags and Codes" is a wary yet warm wishing song. Known for their supremely rowdy live show, there is bracing talent behind the blur and bluster.
I've had trouble breaking out of my musical "niche" - everything I listened to was in the category of Weezer, The Get up Kids, The Alkaline Trio, and other bands like those. I'm not here to tell you that because you like a certain type of music that Trail of Dead is something you would like. I'm writing this to say the opposite: Source Tags & Codes is essential - anyone from any background could appreciate this incredible musical masterpiece. Five stars is an understatement.
I don't know who said it, but it was something along the lines that different genres of music don't exist; there are only two kinds of music - good, and bad. And this is good music.
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've had this album probably since '02. i just recently picked this up again and decided how good it was. Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by Jake
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 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
This is one of the finest albums of the decade so far, a sprawling and magnificent collision of wildly diverse musical styles resulting in a record of epic sonic and emotional... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by Vikram Joseph