Posts Tagged ‘…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead’

4th August 2020

Christopher Nosnibor

In the ever-expanding world of microgenres based on hybrids and crossovers, Montreal-based trio Boar God may be onto something as close to unique as you could imagine, describing their style as drone-punk. That said, drone takes many forms, ranging from the elongated notes that tend to feature in electronic works, to the dirgy, doom sustain of Sunn O)), with the kind of Psychedelic drone of The Black Angels in between.

Boar God’s sound belongs to none of these areas, and as such, does stand apart as different. The EP’s four tracks all sit around the six-minute mark, and blend driving alt-rock with a dash of shoegaze, and amp it all up with a spiky edge that’s as much post-punk as punk, but then I’d always say it’s the attitude that counts more than the sound in defining what’s punk.

Echoed tremolo tones shimmer like a heat-haze around guitars that scratch like sandpaper on the intro to ‘Life Eternal’. It’s a long, gradual build. The tempo quickens as the bass begins to run, faster and faster, the guitars chiming and swirling before everything breaks into a punchy clamour of everything, with Eric Bent’s vocals adding to the urgency. If it’s reminiscent of anything that immediately springs to mind, it’s Trail of Dead.

‘Azrael in Crisis’ goes all-out for the epic, with atmospheric synths swirling and wafting in the background, but still remains tightly-structured and punchy and dominated by a gritty guitar and booming bass. The energy is tempered by a chill, a bleakness, reminiscent of early Joy Division (think the outtakes that appeared on Still). The production is murky, and this is actually a good thing, as its low-budget, unpolished feel gives it an immediacy as well as replicating the late 70s’ / early 80s 8-track recording sound.

The pace and the angst are amped up on ‘The World Set Free’, a pounding amalgamation of Killing Joke and Red Lorry tallow Lorry, and again, it’s the thick, floor-shaking bass that defines and dominates the sound. Things take a twist for the gothic around two-thirds in, and as the fractal guitars glisten, the song acquires a dream-like quality.

Everything comes together at once on the closer, ‘The Tar Pits’, which locks into a motoric groove and drives it home with a searing guitar break and shrieking strains of feedback.

I know I’m a complete sucker for this kind of new-wave stuff, but as dark, angry, claustrophobic and steely-grey musings on loss go, Boar God bring a rare intensity on Near Extinction.

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…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead bring fans another new song today with the release of “Into The Godless Void.”  Everything kicks into full pelt with this noisy and thrilling existential anthem that follows the news of the band’s first new album in six years, their upcoming 25th year anniversary and a European headline tour.  Just last month …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead announced the January 17th release of X: The Godless Void and Other Stories along with their first new song and video for “Don’t Look Down” which Rolling Stone called “…a bustling rock track carried by rushing drums and fuzzy guitars….”

“Into The Godless Void” is a track that founding member Jason Reece says deals with “this existential woe that all humans tend to go through – feeling that weight that plagues the mind.”  Fellow founding member Conrad Keely adds, “Songs have a life of their own.  If you listen to them, they’ll tell you how they want to manifest.”

Watch the video for the track here:

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The band have also announced European headline shows in support of the new record, find the full list below:

Sun 09 Feb 2020 Dunquerque, France, Les Quatre Ecluses

Mon 10 Feb 2020 Paris, France, Le Petit Bain

Wed 12 Feb 2020 Cologne, Germany, Stadtgarten

Thu 13 Feb 2020 Bielefeld, Germany, Forum

Fri 14 Feb 2020 Basel, Switzerland, Sommercasino

Sun 16 Feb 2020 Reutlingen, Germany, Franz.K

Mon 17 Feb 2020 Munich, Germany, Strom

Tue 18 Feb 2020 Vienna, Austria, Flex

Wed 19 Feb 2020 Berlin, Germany, Festsaal Kreuzberg

Fri 21 Feb 2020 Hamburg, Germany, The Stage Club

Sat 22 Feb 2020 Copenhagen, Denmark, Loppen

Sun 23 Feb 2020 Stockholm, Sweden, Stockholm Nalen Klubb

Mon 24 Feb 2020 Oslo, Norway, Vulkan Arena 

Wed 26 Feb 2020 Amsterdam, Netherlands, Melkweg

Thu 27 Feb 2020 Nijmegen, Netherlands, Doornroosje

Fri 28 Feb 2020 Brussels, Belgium, Botanique

Sat 29 Feb 2020 Brighton, Sussex, England, Patterns

Sun 01 Mar 2020 Bristol, England, The Exchange

Mon 02 Mar 2020 Nottingham, England, The Bodega Social Club

Tue 03 Mar 2020 Edinburgh, Scotland, The Mash House

Wed 04 Mar 2020 Manchester, England, Night & Day

Thu 05 Mar 2020 Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Riverside

Sat 07 Mar 2020 Leicester, England, The Cookie

Sun 08 Mar 2020 Huddersfield, England, The Parish

Tue 10 Mar 2020 London, England, The Dome

Wed 11 Mar 2020 St Albans, England, The Horn

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…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead are returning after six years with their 10th full-length studio album X: The Godless Void and Other Stories – due out on 17th January 2020 on InsideOutMusic. The new LP comes as the band enters their 25th year together and along with the news today the band is releasing the first single and official video for “Don’t Look Down”.

Watch the video for the single here (2020 tour dates below):

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Sun 09 Feb 2020 Dunquerque, France, Les Quatre Ecluses

Mon 10 Feb 2020 Paris, France, Le Petit Bain

Wed 12 Feb 2020 Cologne, Germany, Stadtgarten

Thu 13 Feb 2020 Bielefeld, Germany, Forum

Fri 14 Feb 2020 Basel, Switzerland, Sommercasino

Sun 16 Feb 2020 Reutlingen, Germany, Franz.K

Mon 17 Feb 2020 Munich, Germany, Strom

Tue 18 Feb 2020 Vienna, Austria, Flex

Wed 19 Feb 2020 Berlin, Germany, Festsaal Kreuzberg

Fri 21 Feb 2020 Hamburg, Germany, The Stage Club

Sat 22 Feb 2020 Copenhagen, Denmark, Loppen

Sun 23 Feb 2020 Stockholm, Sweden, Stockholm Nalen Klubb

Mon 24 Feb 2020 Oslo, Norway, Vulkan Arena 

Wed 26 Feb 2020 Amsterdam, Netherlands, Melkweg

Thu 27 Feb 2020 Nijmegen, Netherlands, Doornroosje

Fri 28 Feb 2020 Brussels, Belgium, Botanique

Sat 29 Feb 2020 Brighton, Sussex, England, Patterns

Sun 01 Mar 2020 Bristol, England, The Exchange

Mon 02 Mar 2020 Nottingham, England, The Bodega Social Club

Tue 03 Mar 2020 Edinburgh, Scotland, The Mash House

Wed 04 Mar 2020 Manchester, England, Night & Day

Thu 05 Mar 2020 Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Riverside

Sat 07 Mar 2020 Leicester, England, The Cookie

Sun 08 Mar 2020 Huddersfield, England, The Parish

Tue 10 Mar 2020 London, England, The Dome

Wed 11 Mar 2020 St Albans, England, The Horn

16th August 2019

Their first release in a couple of years finds bassist Lachlan Anderson return to the fold after eight years away. Recorded in just one afternoon, the EP exudes urgency and marks a return to earlier form. The guitars jolt and scratch, sharp treble explosions that crackle like fire. They’re choppy and cut across the rhythm section at blurred, oblique angles, fraying the edges as they side and scrape skewiff and frenetic. The rhythm section pins it all together tight, but it’s attacking, relentlessly kinetic and propulsive, driving, and simultaneously solid and agile.

‘These songs find the band much more raw and harsh than they have sounded in years. Maybe it’s something personal or maybe it’s because the world is on fire’, writes Nate Holdren in his enthusiastic text which accompanies the release. It’s true: New Zealand may not be the place most directly feeling the pain of Trump or Brexit or now Johnson, but it’s clear it’s no place to be. In fact, the bottom line is that there simply is no place to be right now, with rapidly accelerating climate change and, quite simply everything. We’re all doomed. But while we’re all screwed, at least we still have art and music.

‘Casualties of Decades’ slams in hard by way of an opener, machine gun drumming driving a stop/start riff attack that’s a blend of Shellac, Fugazi, and Trail of Dead. ‘What We Choose to Remember’ is also reminiscent of Shellac, the minimal lyrics half-spoken, half shouted, and half buried beneath angular guitar blasts and a throbbing bass that’s less of a groove than a hammer assault. It’s the bass that dominates ‘Everyone Else’ and hold the whole blustering, blistering racket together. ‘Break the Mirror’ rams it home in a blistering minute and 23 seconds, a full-tilt stuttering frenzy of (post)punk noise that goes hell for leather in a scream of feedback.

This is the sound of a band rejuvenated, reinvigorated, a band bursting with energy, passion, and fury. There’s no shortage of things to fuel fury in the world now, and I’m certainly not the only one with a vast thirst for music which channels that fury and frustration.

Die! Die! Die! on Facebook and Bandcamp.

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…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead have announced a European headline tour for September / October 2019. These shows will be in support of their as-yet-untitled new album, due out later this year. The full list of dates is as follows:

14th September – Leffingeleuren, Leffinge, Belgium

15th September – Le Petit Bain, Paris, France

16th September – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

17th September – Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands

19th September – Stadtgarten, Cologne, Germany

20th September – Sommercasino, Basel, Switzerland

22nd September – La Santeria, Milan, Italy

23rd September – Strom, Munich, Germany

25th September – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

26th September – The Stage Club, Hamburg, Germany

27th September – Forum, Bielefeld, Germany

29th September – The Waterfront, Norwich, UK

30th September – The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK

1st October – Oslo, London, UK

2nd October – The Cluny, Newcastle, UK

3rd October – The Caves, Edinburgh, UK

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead recently celebrated 20 years of the album ‘Madonna’ with a European tour in February, performing the album in its entirety.

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