…Trail of Dead in the Studio, Launches Label

Kings of smashing a stage… firm believers in leaving no amp alive, no guitar unscathed… bombastic rockers and Austin’s own …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead are back in the studio.

They’re putting together a follow up to their 2006 release, “So Divided”. After selling only a dismal 26,000 copies of said record  despite critical acclaim (their *edit*Interscope*edit* debut, “Source Tags and Codes” sold 124,000 in 2002), …Trail of Dead has decided to end it’s abusive relationship with Interscope.

…Trail of Dead frontman, Conrad Keely — via a blog post on trailofdead.com concerning the “positive” side of their experience with Interscope:
“They’ve taught us about the worthlessness of A&R people, how to yell at idiots running an art department, and how to shake hands with smiling retailers who have no idea who you are. And I love Jimmy Iovine for having worked with John Lennon and Phil Spector on the Rock and Roll sessions. I mean, that was thirty years ago, and the Rock and Roll sessions sound pretty bad over all, and John Lennon is now dead and Phil Spector has murdered people since then, but hey, that was really cool that Jimmy did that, thirty years ago, back then, and dated Stevie Nicks.”

In conjunction with the new record, …Trail of Dead launching their own label, Richter Scale Records, in association with Universal Music Group’s Justice Records.  A video diary of the studio sessions can be seen at the …Trail of Dead site.

2 Responses to …Trail of Dead in the Studio, Launches Label

  1. I liked this, from the Pitchfork Media story on the same subject:

    Keely said in a press release that the move would let TOD “seek the creative freedom envisioned by the founding fathers of our great nation, immune from the tyranny of the corporate ogre.”

  2. Small correction to this. Source Tags & Codes was their Interscope debut. They had two prior albums, a self-titled debut and Madonna. I have the first one but not the second.

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