And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Relative Ways

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I wrote this in 2002 when And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead’s peerless ‘Source Tags & Codes’ album came out. ‘The post-rock encore is as frightening as it is revolutionary. ‘Relative Ways’ beams like a guiding light through a dense blanket of fog. As straightforward as a maze it bolts like a jackrabbit from a sealed box. The guitars have an elegant trippy edge, the rhythm takes the speed bumps with ease and the soft centre makes your hiccup with delight when Jason Reece swoons ‘It’s o.k. I’m a saint, I forgave your mistakes’. Not only is it one of songs of 2002 but it gives ‘Source Tags & Codes’ the top hat and tails it needs to be 100% suitable. Hopelessly wonderful and undeniably essential.’ I realise now I shouldn’t have held back (!), this song is one of the most memorable tunes of the decade. In fact it is thoroughly devastating, pity they’ve never recovered. KD

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Relative Ways

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Year: 2002

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  1. July 31, 2008
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    The first 3 records are tip top, I stumble on them purely by chance, up in dublin for the weekend back in 2000 and end up heading to them on a whim. the singer jumped in to the drums after the first song, took 20 minuits to reassemble their destroyed drums. After that T.B.M.C . went ape, well 20 of us anyways, stage driving and crowd surfed. we carried the drummer/singer the length of the room and back on to the stage, Fun times.Its a pity they went poo.

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