This year marks the mighty 25th anniversary of …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. To celebrate the occasion, the Austin alt-rockers have announced their tenth album, X: The Godless Void and Other Stories.
Due out January 17th through Dine Alone Records, the LP is the group’s first in six years following 2014’s IX. Featuring production from the band’s own Conrad Keely with assistance from engineer Charles Godfrey (of Montreal, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), the studio effort consists of 12 songs. Watch the video for the lead single, “Don’t Look Down”, below.
Work on X began in 2018 after Keely returned to Texas and reconvened with fellow founding member Jason Reece following a five-year stay in Cambodia. Per Keely, the new record details “the sadness of moving away from a place that I loved,” and draws inspiration from Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art.
“There’s definitely the idea of loss, leaving someone or something important in your life, but it’s more abstract,” Reece remarked in a statement.
Musically, Keely said, “I feel like I’m writing pop music… it’s just not Top 20 pop. It’s the pop music I wish was on the radio, the pop music I would’ve grown up with.” …Trail of Dead also cited Talk Talk and Laurie Anderson as influences for the new album.
X: The Godless Void and Other Stories Artwork:
X: The Godless Void and Other Stories Tracklist:
01. The Opening Crescendo
02. All Who Wander
03. Something like This
04. Into the Godless Void
05. Don’t look down
07. Children of the Sky
08. Who Haunts the Haunter
09. Eyes of the Overworld
11. Blade of Wind
12. Through the Sunlit Door
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead 2020 Tour Dates:
01/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lounge
01/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
01/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
01/21 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
01/22 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
01/23 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
01/24 – Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s
01/25 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
01/27 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
01/29 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace