…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead hit up the Rock & Roll Hotel tomorrow, November 15, and it’s definitely a show you don’t want to miss. The band counts Fugazi, Sonic Youth, The Melvins and Bikini Kill among their influences, and in the summer of 2012 they headed over to Hannover, Germany to record their eighth full-length studio album Lost Songs that came out October 22nd on RichterScale/Superball Music. I’ve given this album a good couple of listens, and I must say after hearing it I’m itching to see them live. It’s punk with meaning, momentum and a ferocious attitude against the uprising of radio-ready indie rock as of late. Band member Autry Fulbright II joined us for our 5GB series, check out his answers below!
What’s the first gig you ever attended?
I think it was a Shelter show at the International Ballroom in Atlanta. They were a Hare Krishna hardcore band (dubbed ‘Krishna Core’ if memory serves) and it was pretty fun. I felt a part of something cool, since I loved punk rock and grew up in a fringe religion it gave me some commonality with them at the time. Music sub genres have this dual sense of community and exclusivity or “outsider” mentality, so as a 14 year old that was pretty appealing. “We’re all alone together!” type thing.
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed?
That’s tough. I guess I try to play well each time. The show is for the audience to decide.
What is the best gig you have ever seen?
There have been so many: Fugazi was great during The Argument tour. Traveled to see them in North Carolina for that. I remember being awestruck. What I liked the best is that they weren’t perfect; they made mistakes. They were a real band, giving a real experience. I later learned that they typically don’t have a setlist, they just play and have a very intuitive way of working with each other. That’s awesome. I would love to be able to do that. Other stand outs include The Hot Snakes around the time Suicide Invoice came out for tightest set I’ve seen, Milemarker for the whiplash I got (both shows were at the Atlanta venue The Earl) and two at The Cotton Club – The first was At The Drive In and Murder City Devils, which was just nuts and made me feel like my dad felt when he watched Elvis on TV or The Rolling Stones live – just mind-blowing. The second was actually me seeing the original lineup of …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead. That show had such an impact on me (in part because I learned that they were into one if my favorite bands, Unwound) that I started trying to write songs in that fashion, which worked out because when I joined the band I made it my aim to recapture the same spirit and music I wrote shortly after that show just made it onto our latest record.
Gig you would most like to play?
I’d like to tour someplace unique, like Alaska or South Africa. We just played Cambodia and Thailand so I guess we’re getting there.
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
I’d love to play with Unwound and Nation of Ullysses.