“Let’s do the world a favor, yeah, let’s all go extinct.”
Can’t argue with that! In the meantime, though, we’re all going to have to keep on keeping on and there’s no better soundtrack to that the choogling groove of Blitzen Trapper.
Eric Earley says, “This song is about American apathy and the nihilism that emerges from the bogus idea that complete personal freedom should be man’s ultimate goal, when in fact man’s ultimate goal should be ecological balance, all things follow from this. Comedy and horror combine on this track, teenagers dropping acid in a masonic temple at the end of the empire, the American consumptive death-drive laid bare as a desire for extinction.”
Sounds like Blitzen Trapper is going for a Bruce Springsteen vibe with “Wild and Reckless,” the second single and title track from their upcoming self-released album. Like a lot of Blitzen Trapper jams, this one takes a bunch of cliches and twists them into something that makes you forget how tired they are on their own.
“I originally based ‘Wild and Reckless’ on a family member who eloped at a very young age to Reno. It also has shades of Bonnie and Clyde, but really it’s about the vanity of nostalgia – thinking the past somehow trumps the present, that there were better days somewhere back there,” frontman Eric Earley told Rolling Stone. “Rock and roll being one of the most notorious vehicles for nostalgia, it always seems fitting to toss guitar riffs smack dab in the middle of two lovers in bad straits.”
After a few albums on Sub Pop and a couple on Vagrant, they’re back to releasing stuff on their own label, LidKerCow.
It doesn’t take very long into Destroyer Of The Void to hear that Blitzen Trapper is swinging for the bleachers with their fifth full-length. Aside from the overtones of late ’60s Beach Boys, you’ll also find strangely appealing prog-rock tendencies, somewhere between Bowie and Jethro Tull, believe it or not.
Don’t worry: the influence is restricted to campfire acoustical moments and frontier arrangements. What’s left is a weirdly compelling album that has hints of greatness as well as its share of hair-pulling moments.
MP3: Blitzen Trapper – “Black River Killer” from Furr as well as the Black River Killer EP, which contains six additional songs, previously available as a tour-only CDR that the band has been selling themselves.
We posted the video last month, but Sub Pop has just released this MP3. If you haven’t given this band a chance yet, this song is as good an introduction as any.
New video for one of the highlights of last year’s Furr. The very literal video (“Her mouth was sewn shut, but her eyes were still wide”) has an O Brother, Where Art Thou? vibe, following the actions of the narrator as he travels the country killing people just to watch them die. Yes, the lyrics are composed entirely of well-worn outlaw cliches (“Then I stole me a horse and I rode it around”). It shouldn’t work, but it does. And that’s the power of a good song: to take dumb lyrics and make them sound awesome.
Check out some “Behind the Scenes” footage after the jump…
One of the best things for a music fan is finding an album that comes totally out of left field and just knocks your socks off. For me, Wild Mountain Nation has been that album. Blitzen Trapper is an experimental rock band with a multitude of stylistic shifts contained in this album’s 34 minutes; the band revels in throwing curveballs at every turn. It’s got so much going on that the trip can be exhausting. However, even if the wild ride proves too jarring, there are qualities that can make this a useful album for discussions about music today.
For instance, if a friend ever gives you a hard time about rock music being too predictable nowadays, that there’s nothing new, play them this album. It’s innovative enough to definitively prove them wrong. It utilizes elements of classic rock, math rock, country, metal, noise, eletronica and bluegrass in its base. You could split at least one track off this album and give it to a fan of each of those styles, and they’d think you’d discovered some great new artist.
They’d be right, but then they might hate most of the rest of the album.