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...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
Relative Ways EP

Rating: 8/10 ?

December 17, 2001
Right off the bat I knew this was going to be a good buy. I picked this 4 song EP up for $1.99 at the local record store. No catch, brand new, packaged. Imagine the possibilities if every album was this cheap, even though I realize this is nothing but a major label marketing ploy to get their newest band of ground-breaking potential a shot at modern rock radio or a spot on The Real World before their major label debut full-length comes out on February 26th, 2002.

Despite the major label trademark on this 4 song steal, what it lacks in time, it makes up for in music. Trail of the Dead seem to be building on an already steady foundation of rock genius, merging everything put forward on Madonna with major label muscle and flourishes to back it up. The opening title track is, arguably, one of the better songs of the last five years, taking the Trail
of Dead's trademark Sonic Youth-style macabre and putting a new, more mature sheen on it. Its almost as if the normally brisk-yet-intimate Trail of Dead were whirling out obscene melodies with the intent of charming the knickers off of Thurston Moore. While it isn't a vast departure, it is quite a marked change in direction for the band, hinting at the stellar sound that will be sweeping over the music world when Source Tags & Codes, their new full length, is released on Interscope. While there is a remarkable inclusion of more upbeat melodies on the title track, the following "Homage" is more inclusive of the standard Trail of Dead sound, with harsher vocals, plenty of discordant notes and a more frenetic, muscular pummeling all around. Not to completely overpower the listener, "Blade Runner", the closing track, is a well orchestrated synthesized tune with dark overtones throughout.

Much like when At the Drive In released the "One Armed Scissor" single (a 3 song gem, $1.99) a couple of months prior to Relationship of Command, Trail of the Dead are a few tracks in front of our noses like the hare at the dog track, hoping to jump-start the move to the top of mainstream list of indie darlings. But that's the beauty of it; that their music can be accepted by anyone. The critics, the indie kids, the GAP kids, even the Linkin Park kids. Trail of Dead are perilously close to perfecting a formula that very few bands have the answer to: Acceptance.

Only four songs, but they're all very, very good and serve to further establish Trail of Dead as one of the most promising bands on the planet. Get in on the ground floor and take this freight elevator straight through the roof, because that is where Relative Ways is pointing.

Reviewed by Justin Grimm
A contributing writer for LAS, JG used to live in Bloomington, Illinois, and played guitar in a band called North By Northwest. Word on the street is that he now lives in Chicago and, (much to the ladies\' delight or dismay, depending on how you look at it) he has been procreating. To find Justin, just google \"juice454\" and something, like what he\'s been listening to, will pop up.

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