The song “raises questions and gets at the riddle of what justice really means,” Eric Earley said. “I wrote it some time ago but kept it from being released until this record, Wild and Reckless. It felt like the right time for it to see the light of day, a song that deals with sexual assault and gun violence”
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Portland quintet Blitzen Trapper’s new album Wild and Reckless is out now! Described by frontman Eric Earley as a “something like a cross-eyed stepchild to Furr“, referring to their break-through Subpop release. The new album was born from a stage production that the band spent the better part of a year producing. The half musical, half rock-opera dealt with heroin abuse, desperation, true love and western power structures. Early continues, “Ten years after Furr with all its talk of murder and the end of the western world, it seems there’s more to tell.”
Wild and Reckless is available on Lojinx CD, LP and Digital. Vinyl is expected mid-November 2017.
Blitzen Trapper find friendship in some strange places in the music video for their new song “Wild and Reckless,” which stars a man in a gas mask gallivanting around with a fake skeleton.
Clash Music has premiered ‘Dance With Me’, the new single from Blitzen Trapper’s forthcoming album Wild and Reckless. Calling it “Deeply retro but all the better for it” and “Hugely enjoyable, it’s the sound of a band doing what they do best, and loving every minute.”
’Wild and Reckless’ is about looking back on the crazy days of youth and wondering how you survived those sketchy times with danger eternally nosing at your heels. And when you look back now there’s this feeling like, I’ll never be as alive as I was then. Reality will never seem that vibrant and embraceable. Whether that’s true or not isn’t important, it’s just a feeling, life’s intractable ability to hoodwink us into seeing the past as a shining corona, even when there’s only darkness at the center.
Pre-order new album, Wild and Reckless, on Lojinx LP, CD & digital HERE.
Earlier this year, the Portland, Oregon-based Blitzen Trapper accomplished a unique feat for a rock band who has been releasing albums and touring for the better part of two decades: a staged musical titled Wild & Reckless that ran for 28 performances at Portland Center Stage. Today, the band is announcing a new album of the same title that was born from the stage production and as a companion to their 2008 breakthrough album Furr.
Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly premiered “Rebel,” the first single to be released from the forthcoming album.
“‘Rebel’ is a song about a guy who for the love of a girl follows in his father’s footsteps only to find it to be a scam,” explains principal and frontman Eric Earley. “After several tries at the American dream he ends up selling cocaine to blue bloods in the Hollywood hills. Something of a lost Raymond Carver story with shambling near-country soundtrack.”
The album Wild & Reckless was born from the stage production that the band spent the better part of a year producing. The half musical, half rock-opera dealt with heroin abuse, desperation, true love and western power structures. The story evoked a bygone era of Portland with this sci-fi love story, featuring a rock-and-roll score that paired unreleased songs with favorites from the band’s catalog.
Following the success of the production, the band took 7 original songs from the production and developed the theme further into the 12 songs that comprise the new album Wild & Reckless.
Frontman Eric Earley also sees the record as a companion and extention of their 2008 album Furr. “Wild and Reckless is something like a cross-eyed stepchild to Furr, in that it chronicles the darker dystopian stories of rural and suburban west coast death-drive via a riffing psychedelic landscape. Ten years after Furr with all its talk of murder and the end of the western world, it seems there’s more to tell.”
Blitzen Trapper is Eric Earley (songwriter/singer), Erik Menteer (guitar, keyboard), Brian Adrian Koch (drums, vocals), Michael Van Pelt (bass) and Marty Marquis (keyboard, vocals). Wild & Reckless was produced by Eric Earley and Michael Van Pelt and was recorded by Gregg Williams at The Trench, in Portland, Oregon. It was mixed by James Brown (Foo Fighters, Kings Of Leon, Blitzen Trapper’s All Across This Land) at The Union.
Wild and Reckless is available for pre-order now and will be released in Europe on British indie label Lojinx. Pre-order now on heavyweight vinyl LP, CD & digital.
Wild & Reckless tracklist:
2) Wild & Reckless
3) Forever Pt. 1
5) No Man’s Land
6) Stolen Hearts
7) Dance With Me
8) Love Live On
9) When I’m Dying
10) Baby Won’t You Turn Me On
11) Forever Pt. 2
12) Wind Don’t Always Blow
Portland folk-rockers Blitzen Trapper emerged as music industry critical darlings in 2008 with Furr, their shaggy fourth LP, which ended the year on a number of best of lists. Now, with a handful of albums and nearly a decade between them and that release, the band returns this fall with what frontman Eric Earley views as that set’s follow-up. Today, EW is thrilled to announce the Nov. 3 arrival of Wild and Reckless as well as share the set’s stomping lead single, “Rebel.”
Portland’s leading purveyors of electric folk-rock Americana return with another slice of hot apple pie from last year’s excellent All Across This Land long-player. This video features a man grappling with writers’ cramp, a nice tattooed lady, and a comprehensively stocked pantry.
Ahead of European tour dates next month, Blitzen Trapper have released Mystery and Wonder. The 3-track EP includes two exclusive new non-album tracks: “Let The Cards Fall (Live on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic)” and “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow”. The latter is a traditional American folk tune most recently best known from the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou?”. The band were asked to record their own interpretation of the song by the makers of US TV show Fargo. It was subsequently featured in the series (Season 2, Episode 6) and is released here by popular demand.
The title track is taken from their new album “All Across This Land“, out now on Lojinx CD, LP and digital.
The band head for European shores next month for an extensive run of dates that cover Belgium, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
06 FEB 16 Le Botanique, Brussels (BE)
07 FEB 16 The Hope & Ruin, Brighton (UK)
08 FEB 16 The Lexington, London (UK)
10 FEB 16 Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL) [“Blitzen Trapper plays Neil Young’s Harvest”]
11 FEB 16 C-Mine, Genk (BE)
12 FEB 16 Doornroosje, Nijmegen (NL)
13 FEB 16 Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam (NL)
14 FEB 16 Hafenklang, Hamburg (DE)
15 FEB 16 Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK)
16 FEB 16 Atlas, Aarhus (DK)
17 FEB 16 Pustervik, Gothenborg (SE)
18 FEB 16 The Crossroad Club, Oslo (NO)
19 FEB 16 Mejeriet, Lund (SE)
20 FEB 16 Privat Club, Berlin (DE)
Clash Magazine has premiered the new Blitzen Trapper video for “Mystery and Wonder”. Released tomorrow is the Mystery and Wonder EP that includes two exclusive new songs: “Let The Cards Fall (Live on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic)” and “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow”. The latter, a traditional American folk tune most recently known from “O Brother Where Art Thou?”, was recently recorded by the band for hit US TV show Fargo, in which it features.
The Mystery and Wonder EP is out tomorrow. Watch the video at Clash Magazine here.