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...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - Supported by Fire Walk With Us
Even though I’m seeing this band again at Dour Festival next week already, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the Friday evening with a few beers and a performance by USA’s …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead (Trail of Dead in short) and Dutch post-rockers Fire Walk With Us as support act.
 
The evening started off with Fire Walk With Us, an instrumental post-rock band from Amsterdam who can be best described as Explosions In The Sky with Meshuggah riffs and with elements from ambient, metal and hardcore music. Even though they had a fill-in guitarist they gave away a very nice show for the next half an hour. I had never checked out this band before the show so I was kind of surprised when this show actually turned out to be pretty good. There were only about 70 people in the room (maybe due to the fact that it was a Friday night show), but the band gave everything they had. A good warm up for Trail of Dead!
 
For those who don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, Trail of Dead can best be described as an experimental indie band with its roots in the punk rock scene. The band consists of six members, with the main members Conrad Keely and Jason Reece switching between guitar, vocals and drums all the time. That’s besides the permanent drummer they have, so it was a surprise to see two drum sets on stage, which I never noticed before on CD. The set kicked off with the intro epic ‘The Giants Causeway’ from the brand new album The Century of Self, not surprisingly followed by the second track ‘Far Pavillions’. The vocals sounded a little out of tone on the first few tracks, but as soon as the band started the fourth track of the set, my personal favorite ‘Isis Unveiled’, it sounded just as it should be. For the next hour and a half they played a varied set of tracks from the new album, alongside with older (and faster) tracks, even from their first album Madonna such as ‘Aged Dolls’ and ´Clair de Lune’ and on tracks like these even a small childish moshpit emerged out of the blue. After an hour and 15 minutes or so the band left the stage to have a drink and come back for an encore, convincing the crowd with the very epic ‘Totally Natural’ as last track. I had never seen this band before but the show was very enjoyable, especially because of the fact that the band members constantly switched between instruments which also made it interesting to watch. The sound was crystal clear, even though the keyboards didn’t have enough volume in the middle of the set, which made the show even better. On to the second show for me at Dour Festival!
 
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead setlist:
 
01.   The Giants Causeway
02.   Far Pavillions
03.   It Was There
04.   Isis Unveiled
05.   Homage
06.   Bells of Creation
07.   Smile Again
08.   Caterwaul
09.   Clair de Lune
10.   Aged Dolls
11.   Perfect Teenhood
 
Encore:
12.   Gargoyle
13.   Totally Natural
Details Written on Saturday Jul 11th, 2009
Writer @Brent_

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