New Trail of Dead in early ’09, less corporate, more indie

Posted June 26th, 2008 by eric

After its acrimonious departure from Interscope Records, replete with the requisite blog-style rant outing label-head Jimmy Iovine for his alleged philandering habits, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead is gearing up for its sixth long-player. Scheduled for a January 2009 release, the as-yet-untitled record will reside on the band’s own imprint, Richter Scale Records in conjunction with Justice Records, as it follows 2006’s slightly underwhelming So Divided. Quoth outspoken vocalist Conrad Keely on the group’s newfound freedom, “This will allow us to seek the creative freedom envisioned by the founding fathers of our great nation, immune from the tyranny of the corporate ogre.” The corporate ogre that you willingly teamed up with but whatever. I still say the band’s decline commenced the moment bassist Neil Busch left. Here’s to hoping the new record dispels that myth.

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  • 1 Mike // Jun 30, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Neil is sorely missed, no doubt, but closer inspection of source tags reveals that they had begun the decline the moment they signed to Interscope. Good album, yes, but missing the edge that made their first two albums classic. Sure, they fell off the cliff after that, but they were teetering before the ink dried on that contract. Maybe it wasn’t Interscope’s fault, maybe they just ran out of ideas. But I will never understand why they allowed Jason Reece to be pushed to the side. It’s not like Conrad is so pretty or such a great songwriter, I don’t get it.