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…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead release new album ‘X: The Godless Void and Other Stories’

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead release their first new album in six years today, with the launch of ‘X: The Godless Void and Other Stories’.  To celebrate, they have launched a video for the third track taken from the album, ‘Something Like This’, and you can watch that now here: 

The new album has been receiving fantastic reactions from the press, with Louder Than War calling it “a real return to form”, while Prog Magazine said that “hugeness, at last, should beckon”. This comes ahead of a 26-date European tour that begins in France on the 9th February. 

The new album is available as a Limited CD Digipak, 180g vinyl + album on CD & as digital album, all featuring the iconic artwork of Conrad Keely. Order now here: https://andyouwillknowusbythetrailofdead.lnk.to/XTGVAOS

As they enter their 25th year together, Trail of Dead is back to their core with Keely and Reece at the helm and basing themselves in Austin where Reece has been holding it down since the band’s early days.  Keely returned in 2018 after a five-year stint in Cambodia and earlier this year they took the band on the road for a 20th anniversary tour of 1999’s Madonna. 

Watch the video for ‘Into The Godless Void’ here: https://youtu.be/qwPvnMdAXyA

Watch the video for the album’s first single ‘Don’t Look Down’ here: https://youtu.be/bbXNaERHIfA 

X: The Godless Void and Other Stories was produced by …Trail’s own Conrad Keely alongside engineer Charles Godfrey (Sinkane, of Montreal, Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Work on the new album began in earnest in 2018 after Keely returned home to Austin following five years in Cambodia, rejoining fellow founding member Jason Reece. As a result, the album sees Keely detailing “the sadness of moving away from a place that I loved,” while also taking inspiration from Steven Pressfield’s book The War Of Art to face his own demons regarding the creative process. “I feel like I’m writing pop music,” he says, “it’s just not Top 20 pop. It’s the pop music I wish was on the radio, the pop music I would’ve grown up with.”

Reece agrees, citing Talk Talk, Killing Joke and Laurie Anderson as inspirations. “There’s definitely the idea of loss, leaving someone or something important in your life, but it’s more abstract,” he explains, adding that the track “Into The Godless Void” in particular deals with “this existential woe that all humans tend to go through – feeling that weight that plagues the mind.”

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X: The Godless Void and Other Stories comes as the duo enters their 25th year together as a band. After playing their first show together in 1995, they quickly became known for their powerful and cathartic live performances that often ended with them destroying their instruments on stage. They released their self-titled debut album in 1997 on King Coffey’s Trance Syndicate label and in 1999, sophomore LP Madonna followed on Merge Records. Three years later, seminal LP Source Tags & Codes would cement the band’s status in rock lore after it earned them a rare Pitchfork 10. The band subsequently released Worlds Apart (2005), So Divided (2006), The Century of Self (2009) and the triumphant Tao of the Dead (2011) which led to a live performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that had Questlove tweeting, “damn!!! @realtrailofdead came and kicked ass in 2 mins!!!”

Critical acclaim continued with Lost Songs in 2012 which Rolling Stone wrote, “…explosive indie-prog is defined by the push and pull of Conrad Keely’s epic mysticism and Jason Reece’s primal punk surge.” 2014’s IX had NME calling it, “…their most focused and thrilling…,” Uncut added that the LP did a “…a good job of tethering grand ambition to signature intensity” and Billboard said the album recalled, “the ponderous grandeur of 2002’s seminal Source Tags & Codes.”

After a steady flow of albums and touring, the six years between IX and X: The Godless Void and Other Stories made up their longest break and found both Reece and Keely working on other projects. “When Conrad moved to Cambodia, we both had time to live our lives and do different things,” Reece explains. “Coming back to the band, there was a new vigor to it. It all feels exciting still.” They’ve also reverted to the live format of their early years with Reece and Keely alternating between drums and frontman duties – a musical partnership that dates back to high school and feels fresh and familiar all at the same time.

The band have also announced European headline shows in support of the new record, find the full list below:

Sun 09 Feb 2020 Dunquerque, France, Les Quatre Ecluses 

Mon 10 Feb 2020 Paris, France, Le Petit Bain 

Wed 12 Feb 2020 Cologne, Germany, Stadtgarten 

Thu 13 Feb 2020 Bielefeld, Germany, Forum 

Fri 14 Feb 2020 Basel, Switzerland, Sommercasino 

Sun 16 Feb 2020 Reutlingen, Germany, Franz.K 

Mon 17 Feb 2020 Munich, Germany, Strom 

Tue 18 Feb 2020 Vienna, Austria, Flex 

Wed 19 Feb 2020 Berlin, Germany, Festsaal Kreuzberg 

Fri 21 Feb 2020 Hamburg, Germany, The Stage Club 

Sat 22 Feb 2020 Copenhagen, Denmark, Loppen 

Sun 23 Feb 2020 Stockholm, Sweden, Stockholm Nalen Klubb 

Mon 24 Feb 2020 Oslo, Norway, Vulkan Arena  

Wed 26 Feb 2020 Amsterdam, Netherlands, Melkweg 

Thu 27 Feb 2020 Nijmegen, Netherlands, Doornroosje 

Fri 28 Feb 2020 Brussels, Belgium, Botanique 

Sat 29 Feb 2020 Brighton, Sussex, England, Patterns 

Sun 01 Mar 2020 Bristol, England, The Exchange 

Mon 02 Mar 2020 Nottingham, England, The Bodega Social Club 

Tue 03 Mar 2020 Edinburgh, Scotland, The Mash House 

Wed 04 Mar 2020 Manchester, England, Night & Day 

Thu 05 Mar 2020 Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Riverside 

Sat 07 Mar 2020 Leicester, England, The Cookie 

Sun 08 Mar 2020 Huddersfield, England, The Parish 

Tue 10 Mar 2020 London, England, The Dome 

Wed 11 Mar 2020 St Albans, England, The Horn 

The full track-listing for ‘X: The Godless Void and Other Stories’ is as follows:

1. The Opening Crescendo

2. All Who Wander

3. Something like This

4. Into the Godless Void

5. Don’t look down

6. Gone

7. Children of the Sky

8. Who Haunts the Haunter

9. Eyes of the Overworld

10. Gravity

11. Blade of Wind

12. Through the Sunlit Door 

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