And You Will Know Them by Their Breathless, Happy FansSeptember 21st, 2009
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Webster Hall – September 18, 2009
The word epic is often carelessly thrown around when describing music. But …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead’s Friday-night set showed the Webster Hall crowd just what an epic performance can be. Following a brilliant opening set from one of NYC’s (somehow still) best-kept secrets—no pun intended—the Secret Machines, the guys in Trail of Dead came out roaring. They stuck to a similar formula for most of the show: starting with slow, melodic intros and then exploding into anthemic rock, often featuring two drummers and three vocal parts. Somewhat like a much darker, faster-paced Muse, Trail of Dead’s songs had the crowd screaming along with arms flailing toward the stage and drinks flying in the air.
Lead forces Conrad Keely and Jason Reece took turns on vocal duties, with Keely singing the bulk of the songs while thrashing around the stage and playing his guitar. Reece alternated between the front of the stage, on guitar and vocals, and the back, where he mashed on the band’s second drum set. The hour-plus set finished with Reece stumbling through those in the crowd and dousing them with bottles of water. After a quick encore to satisfy the audience’s demands, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead finished their epic set, and the crowd left out of breath, soaking wet and totally happy. —Sean O’Kane
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