… Trail of Dead launches new label, records new album

Billboard reports … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead has started its own label, Richter Scale Records, and is recording a new album scheduled for a January 2009 release.

Conrad Keely says the move back to an independent label allows … Trail of Dead "to seek the creative freedom envisioned by the founding fathers of our great nation, immune from the tyranny of the corporate ogre." These guys are so quotable.

The band left Interscope after the release of 2006’s So Divided, and while they’re no longer beholden to Universal Music Group’s bottom line, they aren’t entirely shut out of the conglomerate’s resources. Richter Scale is being formed in association with Justice Records, which is distributed by Universal.