In 2002, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead was the toast of indie rock. Critical smash genre overview Source Tags and Codes was getting MTV2 burn, and the Austin band’s fiery live show was torching venues worldwide. During two visits to the Newport that year, ribs and instruments were shattered. Nobody was better at dredging up chaos befitting basement punk shows but attaching it to stadium choruses.
Thanks to some weird artistic left turns, darling status was short-lived. But if you haven’t messed with Trail of Dead lately, 2012’s Lost Songs is a great place to start again. It’s just as bracing as the band’s early work, once again wringing maximum impact from art-damaged noise and post-emo howling.
Saturday they’ll detonate inside Ace of Cups after UME, Red Paintings and Ease the Medic.