During their blistering 70-minute set at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead did a lot to prove their indie cred. The band of the moment, on tour until April 17, stole poses from Kurt Cobain, Pete Townshend, and Joe Strummer; they lifted music from noise-punk pioneers–and, like punks, slammed them (guitarist-drummer Jason Reece, right, introduced “Homage” as “Unwound, Sonic Youth, the Slits, F— You!”). They mooched a joint from the front row. They dove into the crowd with guitars and part of a drum set. Most notably, they largely ignored their Feb. 26 major-label debut Source Tags & Codes (Interscope) in favor of tracks from two prior indie CDs. Before the closer, the other guitarist-drummer, Conrad Keely (he and Reece switched off, once mid-song), dared fans to pelt them with trash. “You don’t want us to go back to Austin and say New Yorkers are pussies, do ya?” There was no encore–the trail of destroyed instruments ensured that–but one die-hard fan was disappointed. “Man, they were tame tonight,” he said. “They must be tired.” B+
Posted March 22 2002 — 12:00 AM EST
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