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...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead @ Echoplex, 3/17/09

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It's St. Patrick's Day and where am I? In a pub toasting a nation I technically have no kinship with or have ever had the pleasure of going? No. Out in the bushes pretending to "look for leprechauns" while I retch my guts out in a strong green stream? Nope. This year was spent at the Echoplex with Funeral Party and ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead henceforce known in this piece as Trail of Dead. I was not alone in my decision to forgo or at least postpone the holiday's traditional activities in order to see the show. The Echoplex on Tuesday was fuller than I expected and there was absolutely no green to be seen.

Arriving just as Funeral Party took the stage, I immediately regretted the decision to come early. Sure, Funeral Party musically sounded great, and I'd salute every member of the band. Every member, that is, with the exception of Chad Elliott, to which I would like to address the following question:

How is it that your vocal chords have not yet ripped themselves out of your throat, packed their things, and left you? Really, they should have done it a long time ago. And probably filed a police report for physical abuse.