Tao of the Dead Part II: Strange News From Another Planet

Album: Tao Of The Dead (2011)


  • The Texas band ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead's seventh album, Tao of the Dead, is a two-part record, each side with a specific musical tuning. Part I, in the tuning of D, was recorded in just 10 days with Chris "Frenchie" Smith at the Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas, and is divided into 11 tracks. "We wanted to record it fast - really fast," vocalist Conrad Keely told Spin magazine as to why they laid it down so quickly. "Many of our records have been painful to make and I didn't want that experience again. I wanted to have fun. That approach made the whole record sound more spontaneous, fresh, and quick to deliver. There's no waiting around - [the sound] is immediate."
  • Part II, in the tuning of F, was recorded with former producer Chris Coady in upstate New York and is an epic 16-minute track broken up into five movements. The lyrics for Part II are drawn from Tao Te Ching, a classic Chinese philosophy book penned in the 6th century BC. "It was just happenstance, actually," Keely told Spin magazine. "We were working on lyrics in the studio and usually studios have a stack of poetry books to inspire people. For some reason, this studio didn't have any, but they did have a copy of the Tao Te Ching!"


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Gary LewisSongwriter Interviews

Gary Lewis and the Playboys had seven Top 10 hits despite competition from The Beatles. Gary talks about the hits, his famous father, and getting drafted.

Rock Revenge SongsMusic Quiz

John Lennon, Paul Simon and Lynyrd Skynyrd are some of the artists who have written revenge songs. Do you know who they wrote them about?

Little Big TownSongwriter Interviews

"When seeds that you sow grow by the wicked moon/Be sure your sins will find you out/Your past will hunt you down and turn to tell on you."

90s MetalFact or Fiction

Test your metal - Priest, Maiden, and Beavis and Butt-head show up in this one.

Director Wes Edwards ("Drunk on a Plane")Song Writing

Wes Edwards takes us behind the scenes of videos he shot for Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Chase Bryant. The train was real - the airplane was not.

Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica)Songwriter Interviews

The former Metallica bassist talks about his first time writing a song with James Hetfield, and how a hand-me-down iPad has changed his songwriting.