Conflict Of Interest Presents
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
Ume, The Red Paintings
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead (often abbreviated as Trail of Dead) is an American alternative rock band from Austin, Texas. The chief creative members of the band are Jason Reece and Conrad Keely (formerly Conrad Sobsamai). The two switch between drumming, guitar and lead vocals, both on recordings and live shows. The band is known for their wild, energetic concerts, which often end with the band destroying their equipment.
An “ume” is a Japanese plum blossom that symbolizes devotion, perseverance, and hope. It is also the fitting namesake of an unrelenting Austin power-trio featuring Lauren Larson on guitar and vocals, Rachel Fuhrer on drums, and Eric Larson on bass. Their sound is that of passion, of rock emancipated from those “wimpier tendencies,” wild and honest.
Lauren and Eric met at a skatepark and began making music together in high-school. Lauren was a 15 year old guitarist playing in her first punk band Twelve Blades – a politically charged hardcore band from a small Texas town. Years later Lauren and Eric formed a band named Ume (pronounced “ooo-may”) with longtime friend Jeff Barrera. Navigating between Lauren’s PhD pursuit and two distant states, they played a couple hundred shows, opened for bands like Arcade Fire, Polvo, Oneida, and The Fall, and began growing a fan-base that included the likes of Gang of Four’s Dave Allen and Joan Jett.
2011 dawned and so did a new era for the band. Ume welcomed new powerhouse drummer Rachel Fuhrer, was named one of the top unsigned bands by Rolling Stone Magazine, and released their LP Phantoms on the Austin indie-label Modern Outsider. After logging tens of thousands of miles playing basement shows and dive bars, Ume finally found themselves on a festival stage playing next to such acts The Flaming Lips, TV on the Radio, and Wu-Tang.
The band’s momentum and non-stop touring continued into 2012. The trio was hand-picked by Perry Farrell (he actually called the band’s cell phone) to open for Jane’s Addiction and Franz Ferdinand at their Lollapalooza After-Party at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL. The band also made their European debut at the massive Rock en Seine Festival in Paris, France. And Ume reached their largest audience yet as they appeared on the 2012 Season Premiere of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations – sharing their music and love of local food with Tony during his visit to Austin’s SXSW Music Festival.
The rest of 2012 found the band playing Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, opening for The Smashing Pumpkins, completing two tours with Helmet and The Toadies, and their most important project yet. This fall, Ume began recording a new album with Grammy-winning producer Adam Kasper (Queens of the Stone Age, Cat Power, Foo Fighters, Nirvana) at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle, WA. The record was funded with the help of fans through Kickstarter. With the support of a loyal grassroots fanbase, the band reached their Kickstarter goal in less that 24 hours. Ume wrapped up recording in January 2013 at Seattle’s Studio X…
The Red Paintings
After suffering a near-fatal seizure, visionary performer Trash McSweeney now sees colour in his music and has set out to share with the world all the ideas about what he has seen and felt. By taking to his guitar, piano and notebook, The Red Paintings were officially born upon the dawn of the new millennium.
Based in Australia and Los Angeles – and having been fortunate enough to already tour much of the globe – The Red Paintings are a five-piece group (guitar, bass, drums, cello & violin) who incorporate additional orchestral, choral and performance art features wherever possible. With costumes, themes, painters and other artists their shows combine sound and visuals to create a living canvas that stimulates the senses and minds of the audience. A true and unique art experience. The Red Paintings’ sound evokes everything from child-like lullabies of the future, to tearing, biting, alternative-rock numbers. They are sometimes compared to multi-faceted acts like Radiohead, Muse, and The Arcade Fire, and their appeal reaches baroque-pop steam-punks, metal-heads, indie-rock fanatics, and beyond.