Posted in music | pictures on February 10, 2011

photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

The walls of Littlefield were adorned with Conrad Keely's intricate pen/ink tributes to sci-fi, as his band ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead celebrated the release of their new LP Tao Of The Dead with Takka Takka on Tuesday (2/8). Trail of Dead stripped down to a four piece for the show, sans keyboards, and though the band hadn't gotten their "sea legs" (per Jason Reece), they ripped through faves like "Richter Scale Madness", "Caterwaul", "Fake Fake Eyes", "A Perfect Teenhood", new tracks like "Pure Radio Cosplay" and "Ebb Away" before closing with "Relative Ways" as an encore. Takka Takka's set consisted of mostly new material that they were trying out for the Littlefield crowd. Their new album is due spring 2011.

Trail of Dead will be back around when they tour with Surfer Blood in May.

More pictures and the setlist (which leaves out "Relative Ways", the encore) from the Brooklyn show, are below...

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Takka Takka

Takka Takka

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And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

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And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

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And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

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Comments (26)

Weird to see the play Gibsons and Gretches. Gone are the days of them destroying their cheapo Epiphones.

Decent set, but short. Totally expected since they are not really touring. Good to see them as a four piece again. The drummer was really good. I actually wished to hear the new songs.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 11:34 AM

It's infuriating how little of Source Tags they play live now.

Posted by Marlow | February 10, 2011 11:43 AM

Did this sell out?

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 11:48 AM

"It's infuriating how little of Source Tags they play live now."

That was FOUR albums ago! If you wanted to see those songs live, you should have seen them ten years ago. Bands should play new songs live if they are promoting an album.

Besides, Madonna was their best album and they playing nothing from it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 11:48 AM

@ 11:43.

Shut up. Move on.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 11:50 AM

So are they just now "Trail of Dead"? I'm not sure, but if not, they should be.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 11:58 AM

Show sold out day of, i think. Anyway, great night.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 12:01 PM

it was ridiculous how many photographers there were in the front snapping pictures. kind of ruins the vibe. i know its not cool to limit the songs they can photo like famous bands do but its obtrusive to have them right in the bands face distracting everyone from the show.

they kept talking about how they couldnt play source tags stuff b/c of a lawsuit. couldnt tell if that was a joke or not or if the former band members are suing or something.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 12:23 PM

This was one of the weakest shows of recent memory. Bass was horrendous, as were the vocals. Nothing from Madonna or Source Tags, but a couple from the first LP. . .

I really hope that the band can get it together in time for the tour. (I don't think it was sold out - plenty of room and tickets were sold at the door)

Artwork was cool.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 12:27 PM

"Bass was horrendous"

Way too much mids. I wanted to get on stage and turn him down.

"they kept talking about how they couldnt play source tags stuff b/c of a lawsuit. couldnt tell if that was a joke or not or if the former band members are suing or something."

Well, Kevin has left the band, so there might be some truth behind it.

And I agree, too many photographers. And for some reason, most of them were bald. I guess when you are ugly, it's best to be on the other side of the camera.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 12:30 PM

They played A Perfect Teenhood from Madonna and closed with Relative Ways from Source Tags.

I was more surprised to hear All Saints Day and Crowning of a Heart...that was random considering they are 2 of 4 songs from a long ago EP.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 12:40 PM

When/why did Kevin Allen leave?

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 12:49 PM

jamie miller of human waste project, theSTART and snot on drums

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 12:53 PM

does anyone know were one can get good hummus above 14 street?

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 12:56 PM

Decent show for $12. Sound wasn't good but they're just getting used to the new stuff.
On a positive note, we didn't have to suffer Surfer Blood.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 12:57 PM

maybe kevin figured out that this band sucks major balls, and has ever since neil left and fred durst purchased conrad's soul.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 1:06 PM

Sound was great under sound booth, except bass had too much mids, yeah. Littlefield's a weird room, might depend on where yr standing.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 1:17 PM

I doubt they were using their own gear.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 1:20 PM

@1:20 They were. I remember the same gear when I saw them in Orlando.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 2:01 PM

I'm pretty sure they used to use Marshall stacks. Kevin did at least. I guess the dozens of photographers are not gear geeks. :)

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 2:18 PM

Maybe the place was too small for full-blown marshalls? It's possible. Those small-ish fenders can put out a hell of a racket, though.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 2:31 PM

was all gear from the venue.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 3:56 PM

they did change the name to "......and you may remember us from 10 years ago"

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 7:17 PM

You will know us by the trail of empty chickpea cans.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 7:49 PM

The new album is fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 12:47 AM

The new album is pretty good which is saying a lot since the last 2(3) albums have not resonated with me.

When the hell did Kevin leave? I've heard nothing about it...

Posted by shanon | February 17, 2011 1:28 PM

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