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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

trail of dead clowns interscope via their interscope blog

yesterday, conrad keely of posted a funny and vitriolic blog post about leaving interscope, and he did it, ballsily enough, right there on the group's . it's since been taken down by the label, but i luckily kept the page open all day. here's the text of it (thanks, amy!):

Leaving the Label and the Future

So as has already been announced, ...Trail of Dead has once again made history, this time being the first band to drop Interscope. OK, we're not the first. Actually, Trent Reznor beat us to it. Let's just say we're the first rock band to do so... this year. Ever since label head Jimmy Iovine started dating the lead singer guy of the Pussycat Dolls it became impossible to get him on the phone, so that was a first bad sign. Then their idea of marketing became keeping it a secret that we'd released a record. The industry is in a strange place these days, and the only way they can make money is to sell urban pop music. Which is what I thought we were writing, but apparently I was wrong.

That's not saying the label didn't do great things for us. At the expense of a massive debt to them of half a million dollars, they really helped us to grow. They've taught us about the worthlessness of A&R people, how to yell at idiots running an art department, and how to shake hands with smiling retailers who have no idea who you are. And I love Jimmy Iovine for having worked with John Lennon and Phil Spector on the Rock and Roll sessions. I mean, that was thirty years ago, and the Rock and Roll sessions sound pretty bad over all, and John Lennon is now dead and Phil Spector has murdered people since then, but hey, that was really cool that Jimmy did that, thirty years ago, back then, and dated Stevie Nicks. He's had a great dating record, he just won't have the next TOD record.

As for the future, well that really depends on whether we can reduce fuel emissions, on whether we can conquer Iraq, and kill all the Muslims and Christians, using an army made up of legions of pacifist Buddhist monks. I have hopes that this can happen.

As for the short term future, I've been trying to write songs. It's hard because the back lounge of the bus is where people like to play the basketball video game, which I hate. In the front lounge Dylan Mackie, our sound manipulator, is playing Ratatat, which is like a great band where they accidentally erased all the vocal tracks. It's really frustrating, because I can hear all these amazing melodies and lyrics I'd love to sing over their songs, but then we'd get sued. Coupled with the desolate landscapes of New Mexico we are currently driving across, it sort of makes me feel like I'm at the beginning of a really dark comedy, like Fargo or Donny Darko. Did the bus just pull over at Starbucks? Excuse me for just a second.

A while later...
So I've decided to go ahead and write songs in the back lounge, whilst the guys are playing the basketball video game, whilst they're screaming at one-another's plays, and jumping up on their seats. I'm thinking that I want to recreate the atmosphere of a Roman coliseum, and I'm going to try imagining atrocities happening to scores of misfortunate victims on the dusty arena beneath me. I'm going to write a song around that. It will be a song with blood, gore, groaning and cheering, and smirks devoid of mercy from the leering spectators such as myself. Death arenas are harsh, would you agree? Basketball, not so much.

I did a recent email interview when I was asked a bunch of dumb questions so I gave a bunch of what I thought were even less relevant answers. I was then told it was for an important internet website called Yahoo.com. So Jason's going to do it instead. But it's a shame, I wonder how people would've reacted to questions like:

If I weren't a musician I'd probably be a (fill in the blank) because (fill in the blank).

-- Serial killer, because I love to kill people.

What's the strangest thing you've seen from the stage while performing?

-- I saw a black dog, with white skin. I saw a lioness without a cub, feeding the young of eagles, with grey talons from the sleek bark of the baobab tree.

We are now unloading onto the campus of University of New Mexico. We have officially christened the tour the "...Trail of Dead goes Back to School" tour. This will be our first show playing with a fictional cartoon metal band Dethklok, who's fictional guitarist Skwisgaar Skwigelf was recently in a guitar magazine. He and I will no doubt have many things to talk about.

More from me six months from now.


6 comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone even give a fuck about this band though?

by the way, they didn't post to interscope.com, it automatically mirrors artists websites (via RSS I think, same on all the other interscope artist sites)

10/31/2007 12:16:00 AM
Blogger  said...

same difference. did it post to interscope.com? yes it did.

as to whether anyone cares about the band - yeah.

10/31/2007 08:13:00 AM
Anonymous r.m. said...

i care about the band! but i care even more about the backlash against crappy record labels.

thanks for the post.

10/31/2007 09:48:00 AM
Anonymous riff crabbington said...

i give a fuck about the band "trail of dead clowns".

10/31/2007 12:47:00 PM
Anonymous juan jon said...

pure blum.

11/01/2007 07:49:00 AM
Anonymous dethklokker said...

Dethklok are figurative composites of anti-_______. their goal is "hate of good things." trail of dead have purpose and love (anti-hate).

they (Dethklok) shit into a bag...then crawl into that bag. that is the home they are making.

blood, skullz and masks.

Dethklok don't exist. either do their cadences. they reduce their listeners to an ongoing fractal truth. ("please stay with us long enough to make you hurt enough to stay.") you are part of a media experiment.

Dethklok do not exist. you do. don't be morons.

trail of dead make good music. please confront your

12/03/2007 11:35:00 PM

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