Blitzen Trapper return with new album “Holy Smokes Future Jokes”

We’re fans here at AUK of Portland, OR-based “competent” Blitzen Trapper (that’s what it says on their Twitter feed) and they’ve announced they will be making their Yep Roc Records debut with the release of new album ‘Holy Smokes Future Jokes’ on September 11. You can hear the first track from it, ‘Magical Thinking’ below. Led by existential questions about life and death, the new album finds frontman Eric Earley ruminating on the intermediate period between a person’s separate lives on earth, “and what it means to escape the cycle of birth and rebirth.” Continue reading “Blitzen Trapper return with new album “Holy Smokes Future Jokes””

Blitzen Trapper revisit Furr with 10th Anniversary Edition, new tracks – Listen

We love a bit of Blitzen here in AUK Towers. He was our favourite reindeer (less needy than Rudolf) and also half of the name of one of americana’s consistently best and most creative bands over the last 10 years or so, Portland, Oregon’s Blitzen Trapper. To celebrate that, they have announced the release of a 10th-anniversary expanded version of their album ‘Furr’, which goes live on September 14th, and which back in 2008  was ranked Number 13 on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of the year. The band have released the track ‘Booksmart Baby’ online today, one of a dozen tracks added to the original album’s 13 which expands it into their upcoming double LP Furr: Deluxe Edition. You can hear it below. Continue reading “Blitzen Trapper revisit Furr with 10th Anniversary Edition, new tracks – Listen”

Blitzen Trapper announce European tour dates

Blitzen Trapper’s new album ‘Wild & Reckless’ has been getting some rather nice reviews from the likes of Mojo, The Independent and Clash and to celebrate the fact (or perhaps with no relation to that fact at all) have just announced Europe / UK tour dates for next year. The UK shows are a bit threadbare, happening only in Glasgow, Leeds and London, but the promise is that they will be “filled with intense pure rock n roll and heartfelt alt-folk greatness.”  Full dates below, and in the meantime why not enjoy the title track from their latest album. Continue reading “Blitzen Trapper announce European tour dates”

Blitzen Trapper “Wild And Reckless” (Lojinx, 2017)

The thing which saved Blitzen Trapper from being run of the mill was their embracing of risk: they can be joyous and frustrating, and on this record they are no different, only, in common with their recent releases, less so. They start with the blue-collar Americana of Rebel and then they hit paydirt of sorts with the title track which hits the spot somewhere between the Drive By Truckers and Bryan Adams, which is not meant to sound snide. The song is a fist-pumper, balancing a strain of nostalgic melancholy with an uplifting chorus that cuts straight to the point. It should be the sound that pours out of a thousand convertibles. Continue reading “Blitzen Trapper “Wild And Reckless” (Lojinx, 2017)”

Interview: Blitzen Trapper

Portland, Oregon’s Blitzen Trapper have been producing delicately crafted albums for over a decade, charting their own distinct musical course and building a sizable fan base along the way. Wild And Reckless, the band’s ninth studio album, is both adventurous in sound and scope, taking songs initially written for a stage production into the studio to offer a fascinating take on American life. Americana-UK speaks to frontman Eric Earley about stage productions, murder ballads and the song-writing process.  Continue reading “Interview: Blitzen Trapper”

Blitzen Trapper are back with “Wild and Reckless”

Would you be disappointed if we told you it’s not a double cover album of Erasure and Bryan Adams? Earlier this year, the Portland, Oregon based band staged a musical titled “Wild & Reckless” that ran for 28 performances at Portland Center Stage. Today, the band has announced a new album of the same title that was born from that stage production. Continue reading “Blitzen Trapper are back with “Wild and Reckless””