AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After nearly six full months of lurking listlessly in industry shallows, Austin-bred artisans …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead stand poised to revitalize their relationship with rapturous American audiences through a fall tour in support of their critically-reviewed album “The Century of Self.”
The 29-date North American roadshow will see the Texas sextet ply their trade in all corners of the continent, with stops confirmed in New Orleans, Boston, Edmonton, and Seattle. Frontman and artisan-in-chief Conrad Keely lauded the upcoming tour and assured fans this would be his band’s best yet. “We’re really excited to get back out there again,” said Keely. “Our booking agent did a great job with this tour. He’s lined up our friends in Secret Machines as an opening act for the shows on the east coast. It’s fantastic because we haven’t had the opportunity to play with them in a very long time. A few years ago, after they got caught-up in an overpowering wave of hype and hysteria opening for U2, we thought we’d never see them again. But as soon as the wave passed and the H.M.S. U2 set sail, they went overboard and started treading water. From there, well, everyone knew we had to swoop in and offer a friendly hand.”
During the western leg of the tour, Trail of Dead will be supported by Cardiff-based comsymp outfit Future of the Left. “I love the Welsh,” romanticized a buoyant Keely about his new support. “There’s just something about their traditional culture that seems to click with my taste. I’ve been looking to tour with a Welsh band for ages.” Keely, while still visibly happy with his new tour mates, silently lamented the loss of the band’s first choice. “We had intended to ask Mclusky, but I guess they broke up a few weeks ago. Everyone says this Future of the Left is the next best thing. They sound alright to me, although I think the lead singer must be related to the guy in Mclusky.”
Trail of Dead’s North American tour with Secret Machines and Future of the Left begins September 12th in Houston, Texas and wraps up six weeks later on October 23rd in Oklahoma City.