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Classic Album Review: … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead | Source Tags & Codes

The Austin noise-rockers bridge the gap between punk, emo, alt-rock, metal & more.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


This Austin, Tex., noise-rock outfit are becoming notorious not only for their distinctive handle and sound, but also for the literal trail of destruction they leave behind at their notoriously frenzied and anarchic shows.

You get a sense of that destructive streak in the fuzzed-out, speaker-busting guitar squalls and churning sonic meltdowns that form the basis of their third album Source Codes & Tags. But while they may come on like a hurricane, the eye of their sonic storm contains strong melodies, dreamy, hallucinatory romanticism and surprisingly poppy vocals. Meaning that what you end up with are majestic, powerful compositions that deftly bridge the gap between punk, emo, alt-rock, metal and avant-whatever — and are just as compelling thundering of out of your home speakers as they are pumping out of your headphones. And that’s what they really deserve to be known for.