Conrad Keely of Texas’ ... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
used to be intimidated by Detroit.
“It just kind of scared the hell out of me, ’cause it was so derelict,” says the singer and multi-instrumentalist.
But now that he has a girlfriend who lives in Warren, the 30-something Keely is more comfortable here.
“I go to the Magic Stick and the Garden Bowl. I went to (Detroit Institute of Art) and saw the Diego Rivera mural,” Keely says. “When you stay in a place for a little while you get to know it a little bit and see it for other things than when you just visit. “So now, I’ve got a whole new feel for Detroit Rock City.”
Keely and the rest of the Trail of Dead are feeling a musical renewal with their third major-label album, “So Divided,” which comes out Nov. 14. The Austinbased band was disappointed when last year’s “World Apart” sold less than half of 2002’s “Source Tags & Codes.” Keely says he even contemplated quitting at one point, but when an attempted EP blossomed into an entire album, his perspective changed.
“ ‘World Apart’ was just a weird record, maybe, or the climate just wasn’t right,” he says. “I try not to even worry about it. I’ve come to realize that something like that is so totally out of my control there’s nothing I can do about it.
“All I’m able to do at the end of the day is write what I write and hope that I do it to the best of my ability. That’s my job, and everything else just ... happens.”
... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and Blood Brothers perform Saturday (November 4th) at the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward, Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit