Expanded Gatefold 2LP-Set with 3 Bonus Tracks & D-Side Etching
Source Tags & Codes, the landmark 2002 album by ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead celebrates its 15th anniversary with an expanded vinyl edition. Housed in a gatefold sleeve, the album comes pressed as a 2LP-set for the first time ever. It will also include three bonus tracks ("Invocation," "Life Is Elsewhere" and "Blood Rites") which were previously only available on various rare and international releases. The back cover will be a replica of the Japanese version which features a drawing of a teenage by while the iconic image of a cackling Henry Miller from the compact disc and North American back cover will be represented with a unique etching on Side D of the second disc.
Few albums in 2002 were as highly anticipated as Trail Of Dead's major label debut, Source Tags & Codes, which saw the Austin, Texas rockers making the leap from venerable indie Merge Records to Interscope. Having already amassed a rabid fanbase off the strength of two acclaimed albums and their legendary nihilistic live shows, the band – fronted by dual vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Conrad Keely and Jason Reece along with rhythm section of Neil Busch and Kevin Allen – had many waiting to see what their move to the majors would produce.
To make the album Trail Of Dead teamed back up with producer Mike McCarthy (who helmed their second album Madonna) and secluded themselves away at Prairie Sun Recording Studio, just outside Sonoma County in California. Free from financial and time constraints, they were able to focus, experiment and fully realize their distinctive sound. "Source Tags & Codes was our moment to take a stab at creating a timeless album," says Reece. "We had the chance to have that freedom to experiment with new sonic possibilities while messing with the major label paradigm. It was truly a chaotic, strange and beautiful time in our young lives."
Upon release in February 2002, Source Tags & Codes thrust Trail Of Dead into the mainstream spotlight. Critics and fans alike hailed it as a masterpiece, with Pitchfork awarding the album a Perfect 10 rating and putting it in rarefied company with such classic alternative records as Radiohead's OK Computer and Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. A decade and a half later, Source Tags & Codes has stood the test of time and retrospective reviews have continued to heap on the praise with the BBC hailing it as "one of the finest rock albums of recent history".