[Conrad Keely of Trail of Dead at Bowery Ballroom, 11/23/2009. Photo courtesy of Paul Bachmann at Rockographer]
…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead (let’s just call them “Trail of Dead”) and Midnight Masses don’t share a common musical style, but they do share current and former band members. Masses bassist Daniel Wood did a stint in Trail of Dead, and guitarist Jason Reece is a founding and current member of the band. This night was billed as the band’s “original lineup,” which is not exactly, as that lineup was a two-man act comprised of Reece and fellow founder Conrad Keely sharing all of the vox/drums/guitar duties. Joined with Wood on this night, this not-quite-original version of Trail of Dead was still much stripped down from its current six-man incarnation, and as a result, the band members returned to Trail of Dead’s original punk roots both in sound and in setlist. The boys ripped through six songs (about all they had time to rehearse), including some of their earliest material (including leading off with “Richter Scale Madness,” the opening track from their first album). While some of the performance was rough around the edges in a way that befitted this uncommon setup for the band, the band members delivered the set with the raw, head-banging ferocity that has made them a fixture since 1994.
I recorded this set from the same location and with the same setup as the Midnight Masses recording and the sound is excellent. Enjoy!
This Recording is now available for Download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].
And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack
Hosted at nyctaper.com
Conrad Keely (guitar/vox/drums)
Jason Reece (guitar/vox/drums)
Daniel Wood (bass)
Equipment: Stereo Soundboard feed + Beyerdynamic MC950>Edirol R-44 (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp to left of SBD on balcony rail
Mastering: 2x24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, smooth peaks, set fades, tracking, amplify each channel, downsample)>FLAC (level 8)
01 Richter Scale Madness
02 Gargoyle Waiting
03 Another Morning Stoner
05 Crowning of a Heart
07 A Perfect Teenhood
09 Totally Natural