Flower Card Games
Label: Superball Music
The acclaimed Texas prog/post-hardcore unit delivers a substantial -- as in, you can practically live off it -- combination of Can's Future Days (the rhythm section) and the best parts of Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation (the guitars) with a vocal style that's all their own. Right from the opener, "Open Doors," those guitars sound mega-cool -- a fact that is of utmost importance if indie hipster taste-makers (puke) are gonna mention you in the same breath as SY. Trail of Dead make truly epic indie rock, rarely miss the mark and deserve all the critical slavering they get.