Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

. . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead 

Source Tags & Codes (Interscope)

Not since Malcolm McLaren foisted the Sex Pistols on an unsuspecting world has a band so thoroughly engaged in an active campaign of rock and roll swindle as . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. Since forming in 1994, the Austin-based post-punk quartet has told so many conflicting stories about its origins, philosophies, and motivations that extracting fact from fiction would require a degree in chemistry and a centrifuge. Perhaps the only irrefutable truths of Trail are the chokehold ferocity of its live shows and the full-throttle passion of its records.

For its third album and major-label debut, Source Tags & Codes, Trail has thickened and broadened its potent sonic attack while retaining its furiously visceral foundation, as well as adding some occasional calm to the chaos. The opener, "It Was There That I Saw You," is indicative of the rest of the album, as Trail hangs back with an almost pop-like innocence, then races to the front of the mix with a PiL/Afghan Whigsish vengeance. For all the noise and obfuscation, though, Trail is totally honest in the translation of its studio work to its overpowering live presentation, assisted by the fact that so little translation is necessary.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

More by Brian Baker

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony @ Severance Music Center

    • Fri., Dec. 3
  • DL Hughley @ Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant

    • Fri., Dec. 3
  • Michael Stanley: A Celebration with the Resonators & Jonah Koslen @ MGM Northfield Park

    • Fri., Dec. 3

© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation