…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Nottingham Rescue Rooms, Sunday February 25
Judging by Jason Reece’s decidedly jaded, world-weary interview with the Post last week, you might have thought that the Trail of Dead were something of a spent force; ground down by the gruelling repetition of touring, and suffering from a cool reception and a lack of promotion for So Divided, their most recent release.
On stage, none of that cynicism was in evidence. The band, now fleshed out to a six-piece, delivered an impassioned, committed performance in front of a wildly enthusiastic crowd, which sported one of Nottingham’s more mature mosh pits. It was heartening to see that teenage “emo” audiences don’t enjoy a monopoly on having a raucous good time.
That said, tracks from So Divided were conspicuous by their almost total absence. Maybe it’s not just the critics and the record company who nurse doubts about its worth. Instead, we were treated to a retrospective set, largely drawn from 2002’s Source Tags and 2005’s Worlds Apart.
Although a far cry from the thrashy young pups who blew the roof off The Social and The Boat Club back in 2000, relative maturity suits the Trail of Dead well. This was an assured, powerful, controlled set, climaxing with a stunning rendition of old favourite Mistakes and Regrets.