...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead


Written by Ellie Wallis
12 Sunday 12th June 2011

How’s the tour going?

It’s going good, it’s pretty strenuous, like one of those things where you have to really love touring. As I get older I’m getting better at taking care of myself. I bought a fold up bike, and go cycling at any opportunity.

And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - Summer Of All Dead Souls

Tell us a bit about the new album Tai of the Dead? Have fans embraced it?

They have yeah. We are creating these worlds within worlds and it’s entirely self indulgent but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I don’t hear the record that I’m dying to hear on the radio so I have to create that record myself. I think what we are doing is pop music, pop should sound like us.

Did you have a clear idea of what you wanted to do with the new album or did it just evolve whilst you were making it? I read it was recorded in just ten days!

We did the basic tracks in ten days and we did the overdubs in two weeks which is still really fast for us. We wanted it to feel spontaneous.

How does your art which accompanies the album infiltrate the music?

Well it doesn’t require that much effort for me - art and music are part of the same package. Now bands are putting energy back into cover art, it’s like in the 70s when we used to look at vinyl covers and I’m happy to see that coming back.

How has the story for this album progressed from the last album and how has having fewer members affected it?

Having fewer members makes things easier, the audience has been really receptive to that. The last record was like a pencil sketch for this record, literally.

Any plans to make more videos? The Rest Will Follow video was awesome.

We are working on one right now and I’m working on it on the iPad. It’ll be for Weight of the Sun.

Do you feel that rock music is still alive in the UK?

Yeah, but you have to constantly redefine what rock is. We get associated with prog rock, someone said the funny thing about prog is that it isn’t at all progressive, it’s looking back, it’s retrospective. But we don’t think of it like that, we are forward thinking and we want rock to evolve.

The feeling of apocalypse clearly runs though all your music. Do you feel we are living in a fragile world heading towards apocalypse?

I wouldn’t say it’s apocalypse as described in the bible but I definitely think we are living in a fragile time. I don’t believe in the end of the world or the end of civilisation, I believe that humans have a great destiny to fulfil, but not based on a religious or philosophical idea.

Is there a story of hope in your lyrics? Is it your intention to not be completely pessimistic?

Absolutely, glad you picked up on that. I think people associate what we do with a lot of destructive things. I associate death with rebirth, struggling out of one skin and into another. There is hope, I am definitely not a pessimist when it comes to the future of human kind. 

What next for Trail of Dead? Any plans for a new album?

Yes, we plan to work on the album in Germany, we want to work on it in Hamburg. Germany has been so receptive to what we do and it would be cool to be around that culture. 

Hear more from Trail of Dead at trailofdead.com

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