…Trail Of Dead release video for Lie Without A Liar

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…And You Will Knows Us By The Trail Of Dead have released a video for their track “Lie Without A Liar.”

The song is taken from the Texans’ latest album IX, released last year via Superball.

Guitarist and drummer Jamie Miller says: “‘Lie Without a Liar is the first song I wrote and sang as a member of the band, and my brothers felt strong enough about it to release it as a single.

“Playing it at all the great festivals we’re invited to is a personal milestone – it’s gonna be a fun summer!”

You can check out the video below:

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…Trail Of Dead confirm two new UK shows

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And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead have confirmed that they will play two UK shows in May.

The mighty Texans, who played a series of UK headline shows in November last year, will appear at the Temples festival pre-party at the Marble Factory in Bristol on the 28th of May, and then the Camden Rocks festival in London on the 30th of May.

The band released their most recent album, IX, via Superball Music last year, and you can read our review of it here.

Check out the band’s official video for track “The Ghost Within” below:

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Album review: …Trail Of Dead | IX

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Album: IX
Our Verdict: 7/10
Release date: Out now
Find it at: …Trail Of Dead’s merch store
Review by: Graeme Blackwell

“The band have delved deep and dug out their strongest set of songs in a decade.”

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead first appeared on our music radar in 2002 with the release of their excellent album, Source Tags and Codes. It was the band’s third full length effort and their third record deal. It seemed to all concerned as though the group were finally ‘crossing over’ having built an already formidable following in indie music circles.

Theirs was a refreshing brand of expansive post-rock, bolted to more progressive tendencies, that built to a thoroughly satisfying whole. But despite critical acclaim, album sales started to suffer in the middle of the new millennium’s first decade. By the band’s own admission, they nearly called it a day.

Fortunately the quartet now return with a bold and brilliant new album, IX, that sees the band sounding fresh and reinvigorated. It’s true to say that their ninth LP sees the judicious reigning in of those mid-career progressive and experimental flourishes, but it results in a more lean and powerful beast that’s pumped and ready to go.

Opener “The Doomsday Book” delivers a pounding volley of drums and guitars carried in on the strength of the song’s melody, soon giving way to the rumble and roll of “Jaded Apostles.” Things take a turn for the epic and emotive a little later on with the self-lacerating “The Ghost Within” delving in to some heavy inner personal angst, nevertheless set to the life-giving heartbeat of an enchanting guitar and piano refrain.

IX’s second half sees the …Trail Of Dead sound expanding, opening up and stretching out into that beloved post-rock territory, with “Lost In The Grand Scheme” in particular providing thrilling tension and release across its seven and a half minute running time. In fact the song titles prove to be just as poetic as the sounds, with “Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears” and “Sound Of The Silk” drawing proceedings to a close with stories of “…the terraces where we used to run.”

Lyrically and musically, IX feels as though it is perhaps the most personal work of …Trail Of Dead to date. In the album’s mid-section “Bus Lines” proves to be a seemingly simple tale of globe-trotting with a back pack, a very human story of travel and homesickness. Throughout “The Dragonfly Queen” too, Conrad Keely acts as accomplished storyteller, singing “We were singing and drinking and wanted to let go…” Let go of what he might not explicitly say, but there is an overarching sense of loss and acceptance throughout the song and the album as a whole.

Whether or not IX sees …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead’s sales figures soar remains to be seen. Whether or not you care probably depends on how you define success. Fortunately, for the rest of us, the band have delved deep and dug out their strongest set of songs in a decade. IX sees the Austin stalwarts refine their sound to come up with an energetic and highly entertaining album that is deserving of both time and attention. Seek it out.

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Watch! Trail Of Dead release video for “The Ghost Within”

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…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead have released a video for their track “The Ghost Within.”

The song is the lead single from their new album, XI, available now via Superball Music.

You can watch the video for “The Ghost Within” below:

Trail Of Dead will play a series of dates in the UK in November, with confirmed shows as follows:

Nov 14: Glasgow Art School
Nov 15: Coventry Kasbah
Nov 16: Manchester Ruby Lounge
Nov 17: London Dingwalls
Nov 18: London Dingwalls

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New music releases, 20th October 2014

Here are the new and notable music releases for this week, 20th October 2014:

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5: The Gray Chapter, Slipknot

A Forest Of Fey , Gandalf’s Fist
Start Together (Box Set), Sleater-Kinney
Melody Road, Neil Diamond
Aquostic, Status Quo
Phantom Radio, Mark Lanegan
Irish Tour ’74 (Box Set), Rory Gallagher
Kings & Queens of the Underground, Billy Idol
Soused, Scott Walker and Sunn O)))
Primus & The Chocolate Factory, Primus (with the Fungi Ensemble)
Ypres, Tindersticks
Massive Addictive, Amaranthe
Painkiller, Little Big Town
Hold It In, Melvins
The Best Day, Thurston Moore
Starless (Box Set), King Crimson
Lugal Ki En, Ring of Saturn
Earth Suck, Oozing Wound
Heavy Lies The Crown, Army Of The Pharaohs
Cabinet Of Curiosities, The Pop Group
IX, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
Sounds of a Playground Fading (w. extra tracks), In Flames

You can buy all of the above – and many more! – from the Skin Back Alley Music Store, powered by Amazon.

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