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And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

An unlikely but powerful combination of punk fury and prog rock ambition, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead were formed in late 1994 by singers/guitarists/drummers Jason Reece and Conrad Keely. The longtime friends originally met in Hawaii before settling in the 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. The elaborate Worlds Apart 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. 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. After Keely's move to Cambodia's capitol city, Phnom Penh, he, Reece, and Tao of the Dead recruits Autry Fulbright and Jamie Miller headed to Hanover, Germany in the summer of 2012 to record Lost Songs. One of the band's most overtly political sets of songs, the album was released that October. The group returned to Texas' Hill Country to record 2014's IX, an introspective set named after the ninth planet in the solar system in the world of Frank Herbert's Dune. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: IX

Disc 1

1. The Doomsday Book

2. Jaded Apostles

3. A Million Random Digits

4. Lie Without A Liar

5. The Ghost Within

6. The Dragonfly Queen

7. How To Avoid Huge Ships

8. Bus Lines

9. Lost In The Grand Scheme

10. Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears

11. Sound Of The Silk

Disc 2
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Track List: Live At Rockpalast (Live In Cologne 14. 05. 2009)

1. Intro (Live In Cologne 14. 05. 2009)

2. The Giants Causeway/ The Far Pavilions (Live In Cologne 14. 05. 2009)

3. It Was There That I Saw You (Live In Cologne 14. 05. 2009)

4. Isis Unveiled (Live In Cologne 14. 05. 2009)

5. Homage (Live In Cologne 14. 05. 2009)

6. Bells Of Creation (Live In Cologne 14. 05. 2009)

7. Will You Smile Again? (Live In Cologne 14. 05. 2009)

8. Relative Ways (Live In Cologne 14. 05. 2009)

9. Caterwaul (Live In Cologne 14. 05. 2009)

10. Another Morning Stoner (Live In Cologne 14. 05. 2009)

11. Claire De Lune (Live In Cologne 14. 05. 2009)

12. Totally Natural (Live In Cologne 14. 05. 2009)

13. Mistakes And Regrets (Live In Cologne 14. 05. 2009)

14. A Perfect Teenhood (Live In Cologne 14. 05. 2009)

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Track List: Tao Of The Dead

1. Introduction: "Let's Experiment"

2. Pure Radio Cosplay

3. Summer Of All Dead Souls

4. Cover The Days Like A Tidal Wave

5. Fall Of The Empire

6. The Wasteland

7. Spiral Jetty

8. Weight Of The Sun (Or The Post-Modern Prometheus)

9. Pure Radio Cosplay (Reprise)

10. Ebb Away

11. The Fairlight Pendant

12. Tao Of The Dead Part Two: Strange News From Another Planet

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Track List: The Century Of Self

1. Giants Causeway

2. Far Pavillions

3. Isis Unveiled

4. Halcyon Days

5. Bells Of Creation

6. Fields Of Coal

7. Inland Sea

8. Luna Park

9. Pictures Of An Only Child

10. Insatiable One

11. Ascending

12. An August Theme

13. Insatiable Two

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Track List: So Divided

1. Intro: A Song Of Fire And Wine

2. Stand In Silence

3. Wasted State Of Mind

4. Naked Sun

5. Gold Heart Mountain Top Queen Directory

6. So Divided

7. Life

8. Eight Day Hell

10. Segue: In The Realms Of The Unreal

11. Sunken Dreams

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Track List: Worlds Apart (Explicit)

1. Ode To Isis

2. Will You Smile Again?

3. Worlds Apart

4. The Summer Of '91

5. The Rest Will Follow

6. Caterwaul

7. A Classic Arts Showcase

8. Let It Dive

9. To Russia My Homeland

10. All White

11. The Best

12. The Lost City Of Refuge

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Track List: The Secret Of Elena's Tomb

1. Mach Schau

2. All St. Day

3. Crowning Of A Heart

4. Counting Off The Days

5. Intelligence

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Track List: Source Tags and Codes

1. It Was There That I Saw You

2. Another Morning Stoner

3. Baudelaire

4. Homage

5. How Near, How Far

6. Heart In The Hand Of The Matter

7. Monsoon

8. Days Of Being Wild

9. Relative Ways

10. Relative Ways Segue

11. Source Tags & Codes

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Track List: Madonna

1. And You Will Know Them...

2. Mistakes & Regrets

3. Totally Natural

4. Blight Takes All

5. Clair De Lune

6. Flood Of Red

7. Children Of The Hydra's Teeth

8. Mark David Chapman

9. Up From Redemption

10. Aged Dolls

11. The Day The Air Turned Blue

12. A Perfect Teenhood

13. Sigh Your Children

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Tao of the dead is my favorite
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Suh-motherf* * k i n g - w e e t ! ! !
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shiny toy guns=not TOD :<
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Yeah, wtf, the similar artists are totally off for TOD...
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is it just me or does pandora have the similiar artists totally wrong with this band?
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Tao of the Dead is a reeeaaalllly good album
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best band name ever...
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Worst band name ever...
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the instrumental break sounds like the music in the movie Amelie.
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jo.miller4
awesome band... will be seeing them soon.
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sadly, this band has become garbage a few years back. when they first broke big, they were f**king genius.
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TOD rocks...
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yup. pretty much garbage. the only good thing that they did was take The Sword out on tour with them.
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I saw them on Jimmy Fallon last night, the new song rocked hard. The new album is probably going to be dank.
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I can't wait for their new album!
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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.
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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?
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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.
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I agree with El Tico - I love the elements in their songs :)
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their first three albums are classic. since then, it's fallen apart quickly. they've gone back indie, let's hope it saves them.
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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?
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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
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sssgood
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I disagree with dannybennett 1 . Dark, haunting, and beautiful.
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garbage.

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