SxSW Spotlight: …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

The Artist: Hometown heroes now split between Austin and Brooklyn; currently busy working on a new album in Texas with no label to pay their bills. (Interscope dropped Trail last year.)

Their Latest Release: So Divided (Interscope, 2006)

The Showcase: “The Showdown,” presented by Village Voice Media @ La Zona Rosa, 3.14.08

Their Set in a Sentence: A couple new cuts that suggest the next album’s gonna be gnarly as fuck; lots of catalog-skimming classics to please the fans that stuck with Trail through their poor sales record; and not too much chaos theorizing considering the band’s reputation for destroying their equipment and each other. (Said frontman Conrad Keely, “This is a relaxing afternoon show, so don’t expect us to break anything.”)

And a Letter Grade: B+

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