Next month ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead will release their 5th full length album So Divided. The sound is definitely a bit of a departure for these Texas noisemakers who were known once upon a time for self-destructing at the end of each show. But I guess that expectation probably gets old pretty quickly, and now they've moved on and conjured up something much less bombastic.
In retrospect, I think it's fair to say these guys were pretty overhyped once upon a time (Pitchfork awarded Source Tags & Codes a 9.7 I believe), but now they're kind of free to do whatever the hell they want. In many cases it barely even sounds like the same band. Take this song "Eight Days Hell" for instance, with its rollicking piano and group vocals... it borders on Polyphonic Spree territory. The album didn't really grab me overall, but I give them props for at least trying something new. So Divided hits stores on November 14th.
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