viernes, 5 de marzo de 2004

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - [ Interscope Records ]

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Post-Punk, Rock, Indie Rock

Kevin Allen (drums, bass, organ, vocals)

Neil Busch (percussion, keyboards, sampling)

Jason Reece

Conrad Keely

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...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead comes over you like a sudden storm. Their dense songs are full of rolling erratic thunder (drums, bass, and more drums), slashing alarming lightning (guitars), relentless needle-sharp rain (more guitars, anguished vocals), howling winds (effects), and sometimes even violent, wanton destruction. The storm analogy might seem a little extreme, but to describe T.O.D.'s swirling, powerful sonic assault in conventional terms would fail to convey the extent to which this music sweeps you away.

The band actually started in Hawaii of all places -- back in '94 -- when longtime friends Jason Reese and Conrad Keely began playing together. The two soon moved to Olympia, Washington, where Reece drummed for Mukilteo Fairies, and then a few years later to Austin, Texas, where they first began performing as ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. There the duo recruited bassist/effects man Neil Busch and guitarist Kevin Allen. The group quickly became renowned for its terrifying, anarchic live performances. By 1998, they had released a self-titled debut album on Trance Syndicate. In 1999, they followed that up with Madonna, on Merge Records. The featured track from that album, "Mistakes and Regrets," is a powerful maelstrom of ferocious end-of-the-world energy that translates cerebral anxiety into visceral angst in fascinating ways.

On these releases T.O.D. established itself as the obvious successors to Sonic Youth -- perhaps they're the band SY would have become if its members had stayed young. Like so many Sonic Youth classics, T.O.D.'s songs tend to start out brooding and quiet, only hinting at the seething, boiling energy that lies beneath the surface, before building towards a series of guitar epiphanies. The music is apocalyptic and angry in a way that seems to befit the social climate of the new century.

In the new century, Trail of Dead made the major label plunge, moving over to IInterscope Records to release their Relative Ways EP, which saw the band delivering their signature sprawling paranoid post-punk with perhaps focus and confidence -- and higher production values -- than ever before; it's a surprisingly potent release, considering it clocks in at under 15 minutes. The EP whetted everyone's appetite for the band's third full-length, Source Tags and Codes, which astonishingly managed to be both one of the most eagerly awaited and highly regarded record of 2002, earning the band an audience more in proportion with its massive talents. The record will likely be regarded by history as a Daydream Nation for the rock generation of the early 21st Century. It's a masterpiece of epic shaping and mood, noteworthy in its intricate summoning of guitar-based anger, its deep and hypnotic ambient rock excursions, and its uncompromising emphasis on artistry, with strings, accordions, and various field recordings beautifully complementing the band's post-punk flourishes. "Relative Ways," which appeared on both the EP and the full-length, demonstrates Trail of Dead's ever-increasing songwriting acumen, offering a surprisingly cogent meditation on contingency and context.

In 2003, Trail of Dead got around to figuring out how you follow up a career-defining statement like Source Tags & Codes. They wound up with the transitional-sounding but still deeply satisfying Secret of Elena's Tomb; like many of TOD's EPs, it offers a glimpse into the band's creative process, showing the way they consolidate past success while moving in new directions. Much of the epic rock balladry of the last album can be found here in still more melodious form, as evidenced most clearly by the very pretty featured song "Crowning of a Heart," which is marked by a simple chiming guitar line, cellos, and breathy wordless choruses. But the band does sprinkle all sorts of experimental flourishes throughout the EP's 20 minutes, while also exploring the kind of electronics-spiked funky punk that's gained currency over the past years, as on the industrial-underpinned closer "Intelligence." Elena's Tomb leaves it unclear what the next TOD record might sound like, but it seems safe to expect this brilliant, unique, highly intelligent band to be around for a long time.

Jesse Ashlock
last updated:05/23/03
Tristeza - [ Tiger Style Records ]

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Math Rock, Post-Rock, Rock, Instrumental, Indie Rock

Jimmy LaValle

- The Album Leaf
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Christopher Sprague

Stephen Swesey

Luis Hermosillo

Jimmy Lehner

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Ahhh, Tristeza. Instrumental bliss. A tiny rocket exploding through a dense fog. Shards of sound coming together and falling apart, drifting, spinning, and twirling. There is a reason that this San Diego band has such a rabid fan base. Their music simultaneously soothes and disorients, weaving an intricate web of guitar and keyboard around tight, math rock percussion and watery bass. Then they take that web and turn it inside out, capturing you in shimmering waves of soothing numbness that wash over your limbs and make you feel like you are floating. The mixture of electric guitars, warm electronics, and spacy effects makes Tristeza's multilayered music as interesting as it is beautiful.

The group's 2002 offering Mixed Signals is a collection of remixes which ranges from ambient to IDM to breakbeat. The track offered here, "Casio," is remixed by Styrofoam.

"RMS 2000" and "Golden Hill" are from Tristeza's 1999 Makoto Recordings full-length, Spine and Sensory. That album is a soaring, hypnotic, and dreamy journey beyond traditional rock territory that delves into the realms of jazz, electronic music, and psychedelia. Tristeza followed that release with another ambient and gorgeous effort on Tiger Style Records in 2000, evocatively and rather appropriately titled Dream Signals in Full Circles, which features "Are We People.""A Little Distance" was originally released on the Spine and Sensory album but was given a Squarepusher-esque remorking by L.A. based computer wiz Dntel aka James Figurine and appears on Satellite Transmissions Technology: A Compilation of Remixes album. Tristeza also has seven-inches on Caffeine vs. Nicotine and Rocket Racer and a now out-of-print EP for the Insound Tour Support Series.
Take the intricacy and complexity of classic weirdo hard rock bands like Rush and Voivod, then add some of punk's hyperspasmodic schizophrenia, and you'll have a legitimate math rock contender. Math rock bands take pleasure in being erratic and unpredictable, often experimenting with peculiar tempos and jazz-derived rhythms while keeping the rock hard and aggressive all the while. Their lyrics tend to be as cerebral and expertly designed as their songs. These bands are rock's architects of the future, recrafting and reinventing the genre's tired song structures.

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