Keely Endorses Blue Ballpoint Pens on “The Century of Self”

centuryNEW YORK, New York (AP) — Artistically eccentric …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead frontman Conrad Keely is poised to shake the art establishment and break down music industry stereotypes with the artwork for his band’s new album “The Century of Self”, done entirely in blue ballpoint pen.

Trail of Dead’s sixth full-length studio album isn’t due to be released until February 17th, but that didn’t stop Keely from vociferously defending his album art months ahead of any potential mainstream criticism. “It’s my favorite medium,” he said of blue ballpoint pens. “I can’t for the life of me understand why artists and critics don’t take it seriously. It’s art in its purest form.” In an interview …