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A few months back we teamed up with our friends ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead to give the band's seventh record the kind of boisterous release day party it truly deserved. After all, Tao Of The Dead an extraordinary record; one our own Derrick Wiest recently declared "one of their most engaging albums to date". A celebration was obviously in order.

And so our camera crew, the band, and a flock of their closest 400 fans crammed into the back room of Littlefield in South Brooklyn for an exclusive release day performance/shoot of songs new and old. Slimmed down from the brawny six piece outfit that entertained our cameras a couple years back, Conrad Keely and Jason Reece's newly realigned outfit echoes the more elemental and urgent qualities of the new songs that inhabit Tao. Unlike the highly constructed strides into prog rock the band took with their '09 release Century of Self, the band's latest seems a much more spontaneous animal in make-up; as if getting back to the basics, hell...getting back to just having fun playing, seemed the primary motivation this time around.

From the looks of this exclusive concert release, the band is definitely enjoying themselves. This is one of the first live documentations of material from Tao, and we feel absolutely privileged to have had it happen before our cameras. Check out this special performance from Trail of Dead exclusively on Baeble. Then be sure to pick up a slew of tickets to the bands upcoming tour with Surfer Blood. The tour dates section has all the information you need.

Artist Bio

Dear listener,

This is our seventh album. We hope you enjoy it.
Please play it with volume.

Conrad Keely, ...Trail of Dead

Questions you might wish to ask or want to know about the album:
Where was this album recorded?

At the Sonic Ranch in El Paso Texas.

Do you have any interesting stories about the making of this album?

At what point do you see this album in your career?
This is our seventh album.

Was this a difficult record for you to make?
No, it was dead easy.

How does this album fit in with what is currently going on in music?
We hope it does not.

What were some of your influences in making this album?
Kraftwerk, Rush... I'm sure we're forgetting one or two.

What is your favorite planet?
Venus. As a kid it was Mars, but now it's Venus.

Why is the album titled Tao of the Dead?
Jason came up with the title as a pun, because we used the Tao Te
Ching as inspiration for lyrics.

That's interesting, would you like to comment more about that?
Not really, no.

I see you have a different line-up. How has this affected the music?
I could try to explain it with words, or you could listen to the album.

We also noticed you have a different label in the US. Would you like
to say something about that?

If something comes up we think you should be aware of we'll let you

At what point do you see your career?
We're at the sixteen year mark.

Is there a theme or story behind the lyrics of this album?
If answering yes means you want me to tell you rather than have you
discover it yourself, then, no.

Are you happy with this album?
It's my favorite one so far.


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