...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

1994-
Jason ReeceVocals, guitar, drums
Conrad KeelyVocals, guitar, drums
Neil BuschBass, guitar
Kevin AllenGuitar
  • Songs
  • Artistfacts ®
  • Influenced by such artists as Sonic Youth, Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, and Bruce Springsteen.
  • Based in Austin, Texas. It's where they were formed and where they continue to have their fun.
  • They want to move from the underground to the mainstream. Says Keely: "Man, if we don't do it, and no one does it, kids will continue to listen to vacuous nonsense."
  • The band members all met as members of the same church in Plano, Texas when they were really young. They started by singing together, then gradually progressed to using instruments.
  • Other instruments they have used include the harp, ukulele, accordion, violin, viola, sax, sitar, harpsichord, and trumpet.
  • They were originally called Richter Scale Madness.
  • Reece moved to Austin in 1993. The rest of the band was persuaded by their church pastor to spend their college money and follow him to Austin. They did.
  • Keely is also an essay-writer on the side, having such titles as "In Defense of the Living: REM and the Teutonic Cult of Death Imagery," and "'From Counter-Culture to Hegemony': Can the Underground Withstand Mainstream Collision with Modern Violence?"
  • Origin of the band's name remains largely a mystery, but it oddly resembles a Mayan religious ceremony summoning the corn gods saying, "We will act as your sword, oh Great Itzamna and you will know us by the trail of dead." It is also similar to an inscription in the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, "You will find the Eye of Horus standing thus against you and you will know it by a Trail of the Dead." Weird.
  • They have a tradition of performing with cheap instruments so that they can break them at the end of every performance. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    heather - minneapolis, MN
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments: 2

  • Gena from Los Angeles, CaYou gotta get it stratight. Neil is no longer in the band. There is a new bassist - Danny Wood - and a new drummer - Doni Schroeder. They have all been on tour since 2004. Now you know. They all rock.
  • Heather from Minneapolis, Mnall the stuff about the boys meeting in the church youth group is a lie. when trail of dead are interviewed, they always tell a new lie about the formation of their band. conrad and jason met in hawaii where they grew up. they then moved to washington state, and finally to austin, TX where they formed the band. the band was never called "richter scale madness", this was a name of a song on their first album.
see more comments

Rick AstleySongwriter Interviews

Rick Astley on "Never Gonna Give You Up," "Cry For Help," and his remarkable resurgence that gave him another #1 UK album.

Danny Clinch: The Art of Rock PhotographySong Writing

One of rock's top photographers talks about artistry in photography, raising funds for a documentary, and enjoying a County Fair with Tom Waits.

Mike CampbellSongwriter Interviews

Mike is lead guitarist with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and co-writer of classic songs like "Boys Of Summer," "Refugee" and "The Heart Of The Matter."

Matt SorumSongwriter Interviews

When he joined Guns N' Roses in 1990, Matt helped them craft an orchestral sound; his mezzo fortes and pianissimos are all over "November Rain."

TV Theme SongsFact or Fiction

Was a Beatles song a TV theme? And who came up with those Fresh Prince and Sopranos songs?

Janet JacksonFact or Fiction

Was Janet secretly married at 18? Did she gain 60 pounds for a movie role that went to Mariah Carey? See what you know about Ms. Jackson.