2011.02.24 – …TRAIL OF DEAD – Conrad Keely (interview)


Could You count Your three most favourites concept album in rock history?

I could list a couple, but I warn you that there is not necessarily a general concensus that these are indeed concept albums; only, I consider them to be:
U2 – Boy
Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
Depeche Mode – Violator

In Your opinion, what rules shall we take from Chinese philosophy and Chinese way of living and use in Western civilization?

I’m not familiar with Chinese philosophy or way of living enough be give an authoritative answer. However, if you’re asking in reference to the Tao Te Ching there are quite a number of interesting and practical points that seem to impart a universal wisdom. It also seems to share many things with a number of philosophies from the west. For instance one stanza we used for a lyric was „To yield and overcome, to bend and be straight; empty and be full, to have little and gain”. They speak volumes about how we achieve an inner strength and virtue, not by effort or struggle, but by acceptance and remaining open to outside influence.

„Tao of The Dead” is the seventh album in Your discography. Does this number mean something special for You? Do You believe in numerology and things like that?

For myself numerology has more of an aesthetic quality than one of any tangible significance, but since so many people place great significance in it, it’s difficult for me not to take it into consideration.

„Let Us Experiment” – Can we take these words as a credo of Your musical adventure?

That is excactly how they were intended!

As You said (or rather written in FAQ) recording „Tao of The Dead” was „dead easy”. So, what is Your recipe for „dead easy made, progressive, unique and amazing album”?

I think it involves a good amount of letting go to the will of heaven, coupled with a furious desire to destroy people’s way of thinking. But we’ve never relied upon recipes or formulas, only experimentation.

„Pure Radio Cosplay” contains a famous riff from „Jumpin’ Jack Flash”. Is that Your way of tribute to The Rolling Stones? How important is that group for You?

The Rolling Stones are important, no denying that. But that song in particular is quite special to me, Mick Jagger managed to pen some really lovely imagery in that one.

„Tao of The Dead” is more guitar oriented album than the former one. Were You bored with piano sounds?

Hahaha. Yes. You put that quite nicely. Actually I didn’t want to depend on having to use keyboards when we played live because it was starting to be too much trouble.

Are You going to play whole new album live?

If we do, I don’t plan on telling anyone beforehand!

Is there a special place around the world, that You would like to visit during the tour and play there?

I’d like to play in South Africa, and India. But of course, I would be happy to travel and play anywhere I’ve never been before, outside of the US.

Will Polish fans have opportunity to see your gigs this year?

We’ll do everything we can to bring the gift of our noisy trash-can lid symphony to Poland and her lovely people.

Questions: Robert Dłucik

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