AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Transcendental Texas treasures …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead will emerge from their catacombs this November long enough to headline the third edition of Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Festival.
Over the past few months, the reclusive Austin alt-rockers have been penning a new full-length album under the direction of multiple mid-level producers with the intent to release independently inside six months. The new album looks set to be the first release on the bands own, freshly-established Justice Records imprint, Richter Scale Records. Serial frontman and primary band protagonist Conrad Keely spoke of his pending excitement in a recent candid interview with local Texas public access television station channel Austin. “We’re all looking forward to the release,” acknowledged Keely. “I’m not excited yet, but I’m getting there. If I could make a comparison, I would have to say it’s very much like moving away from home for the first time. You’re over the moon about being on your own and at the same time, tragically neurotic about your potential to be homeless and out on the streets within a year. It could be really exciting.”
Despite his impending nervous breakdown, Keely admitted he was relishing the opportunity to return to the stage and headline a festival in his former adopted hometown. “We co-headlined the Siren Festival on Coney Island with Death Cab for Cutie a few years ago, but other than that we haven’t had many real opportunities to top a high-profile bill like this before. It’s a bit comforting to know we can be out of the limelight for such an extended period of time and still have a certain amount of pull in the industry, especially away from Interscope. Obviously we’ll be up for it. It’s an opportunity to re-introduce ourselves to a larger, more open-minded audience. Who knows, this could turn out to be the catalyst for a new era in our careers.”
“I mean, our friends Spoon headlined the festival in 2006 and then had a top 10 record. So how hard could it be?”