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And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead were formed in late 1994 by singers/guitarists/drummers Jason Reece and Conrad Keely, longtime friends who originally met in Hawaii before settling in the perennial indie hotbed of Olympia, Washington, where Reece drummed for the notorious Mukilteo Fairies. After relocating together to Austin, Texas, the duo began playing shows as "You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead," eventually adding both the conjunction and the ellipsis to the band's name. The pair also recruited guitarist Kevin Allen and bassist/sampler Neil Busch, thus transforming the group from an indie two-piece into an arty quartet. After issuing a live cassette on the local Golden Hour label, AYWKUBTTOD -- already legendary in indie circles for their anarchic concert sets -- released their self-titled full-length debut on Trance Syndicate in early 1998. Following the label's collapse, the band moved to Merge's roster and issued Madonna in the fall of 1999.

After signing yet another record deal with Interscope, they issued the formidable Source Tags & Codes in 2002, followed by The Secret of Elena's Tomb EP in 2003. Worlds Apart, a prog rock-inspired epic, arrived early in 2005. Despite widespread acclaim for the album, its sales were disappointing, leading Keely to consider disbanding the group. However, he and the rest of AYWKUBTTOD found inspiration in their frustration and bounced back with So Divided -- initially conceived as an EP, but gradually expanded into a full-length effort -- in late 2006. Their subsequent departure from Interscope Records convinced the musicians to launch their own label, Richter Scale Records, in partnership with the Texas-based Justice Records. Free of the constraints of conventional label deals, the band then brewed up a batch of contemporary prog anthems and released an EP, 2008's Festival Thyme, to ramp up support for a full-length album. The Century of Self followed in early 2009.

AYWKUBTTOD then scaled down their lineup, choosing to record their next album as a four-piece instead of a sprawling sextet. The result, Tao of the Dead, also doubled as one of the most band's most conceptual works to date, with a 16-song set list divided into two lengthy tracks, each of which was performed in a specific musical key. In the summer of 2012, after Keely's move to Cambodia's capitol city, Phnom Penh, he, Reece, and Tao of the Dead players Autry Fulbright and Jamie Miller headed to Hanover, Germany to record Lost Songs. One of the band's most overtly political sets of songs, the album was released that October. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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shiny toy guns=not TOD :<
Yeah, wtf, the similar artists are totally off for TOD...
is it just me or does pandora have the similiar artists totally wrong with this band?
Tao of the Dead is a reeeaaalllly good album
best band name ever...
Worst band name ever...
the instrumental break sounds like the music in the movie Amelie.
jo.miller4
awesome band... will be seeing them soon.
sadly, this band has become garbage a few years back. when they first broke big, they were f**king genius.
TOD rocks...
yup. pretty much garbage. the only good thing that they did was take The Sword out on tour with them.
I saw them on Jimmy Fallon last night, the new song rocked hard. The new album is probably going to be dank.
I can't wait for their new album!
coutudj1
OH... noticed Facebook link on Privacy Settings for my profile page. I still think that the machines are taking over, though, and AYWKUBTTOD along with Kyle Reece and Neo will have to save us.
coutudj1
I think AYWKUBTTOD is awesome f'n stuff and this pandora radio station that was created by picking them turned me on to so many great bands! And, btw, how did my facebook profile pic get on pandora?! I din't download it to this site... I think the Machines are taking over!! Anyhow, AYWKUBTTOD f'n rock! - what more can I say?
I like trash. I intend to get deep into this band. Garbage is not a bad thing. Good? Bad? What does that mean anyway? It's all about what you like and why you feel that way. I feel like I'm gonna like AYWK. Do they tend to be "noise rock"-ish because that's what I like.
I agree with El Tico - I love the elements in their songs :)
their first three albums are classic. since then, it's fallen apart quickly. they've gone back indie, let's hope it saves them.
redlettertri b e
I have to acknowledge to danny and blind that he's not the only one I've heard this from. I know of a few scenesters around here that don't like them either. I mean isn't this a scenester friendly band? I'm no scenester but I think they're a really potent band. I find their music indulging. Could it be that AYWKUBTTOD is so scenester friendly that it's no longer friendly to be a scenester in their presence?
Amazing, f**k dannybennet, obviously doesnt know good music when he hears it,some bands write songs intending there listeners to do hard drugs while listening
sssgood
I disagree with dannybennett 1 . Dark, haunting, and beautiful.
garbage.

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