…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead keep the challenges coming with their new album IX

...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead keep the challenges coming with their new album IX

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead have a penchant for challenging their listeners, from their overlong name that starts with ellipses to the pummeling art-rock they wield. It’s just what they do. Now the band has taken challenging to a whole different level with the announcement of a new album, the cover art of which can be discovered via an online puzzle. A literal and metaphorical puzzle… so meta. You can test your skills and indulge in the complicated artwork here.

The album will be Trail of Dead’s ninth, and just to keep people on their toes again they’ve decided to call it IX. Which, if you paid attention in primary school math classes, is nine in Roman Numerals. It’s straightforward — with a twist!

IX will be available November 11 in America, and Europe gets the jump with an October 20 release supported by a tour with what is probably a date for every syllable in their unabbreviated name (I haven’t worked it out because I didn’t pay attention in math classes). The album artwork was done by Trail of Dead front man Conrad Keely and the tour will be supported by Midnight Masses, which features members of Trail of Dead. Talk about juche!

The band is promising more news to be coming soon. I’d guess it would be a tracklist and more tour dates, but this is Trail of Dead, so you better scratch up on your Sudoku and cryptic crossword skills just in case each new layer of news gets paired with an increasingly more challenging puzzle.

Tour dates:

11.03.14 - Marburg, Germany - KFZ
11.04.14 - Bern, Switzerland - Dachstock
11.05.14 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Salzhaus
11.06.14 - Luzern, Switzerland - Konzerthaus Schuur
11.07.14 - Linz, Austria - Ahoi! Pop Festival (Posthof)
11.08.14 - Laufen, Switzerland - Biomill
11.09.14 - Munich, Germany - Ampere
11.10.14 - Berlin, Germany - Bi Nuu
11.11.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
11.12.14 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
11.14.14 - Glasgow, UK - The Art School
11.15.14 - Coventry, UK - Kasbah
11.16.14 - Manchester, UK - Ruby Lounge
11.17.14 - London, UK - Dingwalls
11.20.14 - Hannover, Germany - Café Glocksee
11.21.14 - Bielefeld, Germany - Forum
11.22.14 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Speedfest
11.23.14 - Brussels, Belgium - VK
11.24.14 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie

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