...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of the Dead's latest tour captures the elaborately monikered Austin, Tx., band at a crossroads.
The group is now homeless, at least as far as record companies are concerned. It opted not to renew its deal with the Interscope conglomerate after promotion for its latest album, 2006's "So Divided," "fizzled," according to co-founder Jason Reece. But, he adds, the band has nothing bad to say about the experience.
"There were definitely some great opportunities to be had from taking that route, so it's not like everything was all bad," Reece, 35, says. "They were always pretty cool about letting us do what we wanted to do and giving us all the creative control we needed.
"But when it came to the last album, they didn't do anything with it when it got released. We had creative control, but there was nothing else. They weren't interested in what we were doing anymore."
Reece says there are "a few options on the table" for Trail of Dead's next movie, but right now the group is mostly concerned about making its next album with "So Divided" producer Mike McCarthy.
"There's 10 or 12 sort of songs that are not fully written, but it's exciting right now," he says. "One that's good is when we were on Interscope we invested money in buying equipment for a studio, which definitely makes us independent. We've got a place to record ideas and hang out and jam without feeling the pressure of spending money on a studio.
"So that's a positive thing that came out of all that, for sure."
...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of the Dead performs Monday (Nov. 19) at the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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