...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

Exclusive Art Show and Record Release

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

Takka Takka, Artwork by Conrad Keely

Tue, February 8, 2011

8:00 pm

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

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...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Conrad Keely and Jason Reece – has teamed up with Baeblemusic for an exclusive release date event at Littlefield in Brooklyn on February 8th to celebrate their seventh full-length studio album – Tao of the Dead (Superball Music). This very special event will be the band’s only NYC area show until they return in April to kick off their co-headlining tour with Surfer Blood at Bowery Ballroom. It’s an opportunity for fans to catch the band in an intimate setting and get to view the incredible artwork of Trail’s own Conrad Keely. Not only will Keely be displaying original art from the new album, he’ll also be debuting two large scale paintings.

A surprisingly forceful yet sophisticated new album, Tao of the Dead also features unbelievable cover art by Keely who brought characters and elements from previous album art to life through his graphic novella – created to accompany the release. When Keely co-founded the band with Jason Reece in 1994 he began discovering new ways to blend his love of art and music, mainly through the band's album covers and CD booklets. The art has evolved over the years, but has always been in a Victorian style, with a more recent branch into what some people have categorized as Steampunk – a sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy that often draws from the Victorian era when steam power was used and the genre came into prominence during the 80’s and early 90’s.

To celebrate this incredible artwork and the band’s impressive new album …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead teamed up with Baeblemusic, Superball Music and Littlefield to put on this one time release date event.

Photo by Boris Daschoff
Takka Takka
Takka Takka
"Takka Takka offers just a sketch of a sound, letting their instruments trace a tune, and dance around the beat rather than pounding the rhythm home and filling in every inch of aural space. "I come at our music more like a painting than a song," Takka Takka leader Gabe Levine says. "You start with a sketch, then add more colors as you go." The result has made their music some of the most playful, light and evocative on the New York scene today. Their latest CD, "Migration," suggests more than it states, letting the guitars pirouette and the synths twinkle. Luckily, the melodies prove pretty enough to make it all work." -NY Daily News
Artwork by Conrad Keely
Artwork by Conrad Keely
"I began drawing around the age of three, my mother sometimes lies and tells me I was two. This was during the war, there was very little food, and most of it was rationed cans of Spam. In order to pay the rent, my parents sent me out on the streets to beg, and there I began to draw what I saw around me, the poverty, the depression. I drew the shape of changing America, and I drew the animals, that came out from the jungle and made off with other children from our village. It was a happy childhood, it made me the artist that I am.

Now I live in New York, still during the war. Not much has changed really, we still eat a lot of Spam from cans. I still enjoy drawing the animals that come out of the jungle and eat children; only now the animals are all endangered, and they have a sad, defeated look about them, which sort of makes you want to hunt them even more.

As an artist I consider myself more of a humorist. If you aren't able to see what's funny about my art, then you're probably a boring person, in which case don't even bother yourself with art, stick with politics and music journalism. If you want to get into art, you have to laugh, you have to see the absurd in everything, you have to accept the will of heaven, and understand the little bits of beauty in a whole lot of ugly which is the internet." -Conrad Keely