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20 Oct

Trail of Dead @ Zoom Frankfurt

Trail of Dead @ Zoom Frankfurt

Trail of Dead just never disappoints. I have seen this Austin-based band numerous times and in awesome venues like New York’s Webster Hall. I think I own the entire catalogue as well as some pieces of art work. You’d think I would get tired of the whole thing. But watching these guys live and getting swept up by their signature energy is always a rock n roll feast for me.

Slightly more arty and ingenious than alternative rock should strictly supposed to be, Tail of Dead make for a once-in-a-lifetime show over and over again. From punk-rocky numbers that are wound up so tight they may spin out of control any minute to more procrastinating tunes and long instrumentals, the set is as versatile as a day in a theme park. And it does not take a musician to realize the musicianship of this band. As all four members passionately rock away – instrument switcheroo and all – the audience surrounding me at Frankfurt’s Zoom club is mesmerized. I realize standing there that Trail of Dead fans are unique – and just as intense as the band itself.

Trail of Dead @ Zoom Frankfurt

Trail of Dead @ Zoom Frankfurt

A little banter and a whole lot of tunes later, frontman Conrad Keely bids us goodbye. Sweaty, happy, rocked-out faces leave the venue, taking Trail’s vibe and original artwork with them. I think it is at this moment that I realize: come rain, shine, or two broken legs – I probably won’t miss a Trail of Dead gig in the future either.

Trail is:

Conrad Keely
Jason Reece
Autry Fulbright II
Jamie Miller

Find out more about Trail here.
Flickr the show here.
Get info on Frankfurt’s Zoom club here.

Trail of Dead

14 Mar

Trail of Dead @ Hotel Vegas, Austin TX, SXSW

Trail of Dead @ Hotel Vegas, Austin TX, SXSW

Years ago, a dear ally of mine got me hooked on …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. I spent the next few years on the lookout. I had heard that Trail was a “live” band above all things. I watched some snippets online. And then – through a happy chain of events – I finally got to see them in 2009 when they performed in New York City’s Webster Hall. Apart from the mind-blowing acoustics of the venue, I was extremely impressed by the show. I finally got to see why any fan should see Trail live. And the moment I left, I couldn’t wait to see it all happen again.

I did have to wait, though. But finally, the stars – or schedules – realigned in my favor at this year’s SXSW. Trail was due to headline the Frenchie Smith showcase at Hotel Vegas.

Trail of Dead @ Hotel Vegas, Austin TX, SXSW

Trail of Dead @ Hotel Vegas, Austin TX, SXSW

The thing that always gets me about Trail is their filmic quality. Sometimes, when I listen to one of the many albums, it feels like I am listening to a movie in my head. Combine that with a live performance and you’ve got a vibrant, eventful narrative. From instrument switcheroos to some very awesome stage behavior, a Trail show comes at you with full speed. It’s exhilarating, fast-moving, complete. The unseen and unheard are dealt out per second and the musicianship is extraordinary. It’s an unexpected twist here and a surprising turn there that will stretch the average fan’s attention span from the first note to the last. In short, this is musical escapism at it’s best and most intelligent. How could you not squeeze your way to the front row for that?

On a side note, Trail has just finished recording a new album in Hannover, Germany. Let’s hope that means more touring. Needless to say, I can’t wait for my next show.

Trail is:

Conrad Keely
Jason Reece
Autry Fulbright II
Jamie Miller

Find out more about Trail here.
Flickr the show here.
Get the program for Hotel Veags here.
Find out more about Fenchie Smith here.