Wednesday, August 30, 2017

…and you will know us by the trail of dead – Source Tags And Codes (15 Year Anniversary Reissue)

For their third album, the ambitious Austin-based post-hardcore band with the long name and incendiary live show …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead made the jump from Merge Records to the majors, releasing the critically-acclaimed Source Tags And Codes via Interscope Records in 2002.  The album was epic in scope with the perfect combination of propulsive, rhythm-driven and noise-addled hardcore punk and artful experimentation with gorgeous string sections and found sound interludes; it was hailed as an instant classic upon release and continues to be 15 years later.    
In honor of its 15th anniversary, Interscope Records along with Universal Music Enterprises has recently reissued an expanded edition of Source Tags And Codes on vinyl in a 2-LP set that includes 3 extra tracks.  Though now sold out, it was released on limited edition transparent blue vinyl but is still available on classic black.  The 2-LP set also features an etching of the alternative back cover of the previously released Japanese edition on the D-side.  The three extra tracks included in this reissue were previously released on international versions of the album including “Invocation” which now opens the album and the short, poetically ambient “Life Is Elsewhere”.  Additionally, the two-minute punk-rock rager, “Blood Rites” now closes out the album and is made available on vinyl for the first time, having originally been released on the Relative Ways EP that preceded Source Tags And Codes.      

Watch “Relative Ways” here:


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