of Dead Interview
by Mark Hensch
We couldn't wait to post this in it's
regular slot on 2&2 for Tuesday so you lucky Thrashpit'rs get this
sneak peak of Mark's conversation with Conrad from .. Trail of Dead just
in time for the release of their new CD So Divided
TP: Worlds Apart had some pretty strong
political undertones. How exactly do you feel about the state of our country?
Conrad: I think you're all f***ed!
No, I think we can work things out. Maybe not without something really,
truly awful happening first. But more important than the state of this
country or any other country, I focus mainly on the future of the human
animal (as well as all the other disenfranchised animals). I think if all
goes well countries, and hopefully organized religions, will one day be
a thing of the past.
TP: The best part about your music is
that it never sacrifices intelligence for catchiness. Do you feel that
this brand of "smart rock" will ever replace the trash that is on radio
Conrad:Honestly? No. But homeland
security can't arrest us for hoping and pretending that it might someday.
TP: I for one am very excited for your
tour with the Blood Brothers, as the both of you are favorites of mine.
How exactly did the tour come about?
Conrad:A mighty wind came out of
the east. It deposited both our busses side by side in Colorado. An uneasy
truce lead to a long lasting friendship, and we fought off the hoards of
painted savages who attacked us from all sides, splitting their wampum
TP: Since your inception your band has
always featured a sort of neo-classical theme. Where exactly does this
come from and how has it changed the way you approach music writing?
Conrad:Neo-classicism comes from
Europe, and evolved during the enlightenment when people began to admire
the achievements of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Since it is mainly a
visual art style, it never really affected our music. However, its predecessor
and contemporary the Romantic movement was both visual and musical, and
seeps into our repertoire by way of the sweeping themes reminiscent of
Beethoven's Violin concerto in D. Please pass the Grey Poupon.
TP:Many people seem to have tagged you
as a "buzz band" or an "up-and-comer." Do you feel this owes more to the
fact your songs are legitimately well-crafted or because your music offers
people a more mentally fulfilling alternative to 90% of modern music?
Conrad:Well, I hope it's not due
to the horrible buzzing noises our amps make on stage, har har! If by up-and-comer
that means we just keep coming up and never actually going anywhere, yeah,
I can see that as well - sort of like when you have to gag after snorting
cocaine, but can't seem to actually barf.
Now check out
Trail of Dead's new CD
So Divided at the links below (it hits stores this week 11/14)
and Purchase The new CD Online
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