Blitzen Trapper invades Milwaukee


Five studio albums later and it’s no surprise that Blitzen Trapper is back with even more flare.

Arguably the best part about Blitzen Trapper is that they have an allegiance to their listener: to get them hyped then calm them down. All six bandmates rock hard with strong conviction, then inevitably ease up, only to do it all over again. The sequence is a pretty comforting experience and that’s what to expect when you play Destroyer of the Void.

Released in June on Sub Pop Records, the 12-track album is proof that the band is a fan of experimentation. The discography strays from the sound of their 2008 release Furr, yet retains enough elements to familiarize the listener.

All six guys have been together since 2000 and they seem to have found just the right recipe of folk and rock to uphold some evolutionary noise.

When you play the first track “Destroyer of the Void,” you might have to double check to make sure you didn’t just put on a Queen album. No, you didn’t just time travel to 1974, that’s just the organic harmonizing Blitzen Trapper lives by.

Every song is primarily orchestrated by Eric Earley’s voice, lyrics and craft. Throughout “Dragon’s Song,” for instance, Earley croons “Make your way to the beat of the drum” – a message that resonates and continues throughout the song.

A variety of topics inhabit the album, none of which monopolize an overall theme, but seem to follow their tune back to the natural world – including “Evening Star,” “Heaven and Earth” and “The Tree.” Storytelling is Earley’s specialty. Throughout the album he sings of a tailor, a hurricane and a plenty lost lovers along the way.

Here’s a clip of Blitzen Trapper performing “Dragon’s Song” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

The sextet are playing at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom tonight and you don’t want to miss it.

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