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Blitzen Trapper Release ‘Joanna’ Music Video from New LP ‘Wild & Reckless,’ Los Angeles Performance on 12/1 at The Bootleg Theater

Blitzen Trapper Premiere “Joanna”
Music Video with Paste Magazine

New Album Wild & Reckless out Now

Blitzen Trapper w/ Lilly Hiatt at The Bootleg, Los Angeles 12/1:
Purchase Tickets Here

Earlier this month, the Portland, OR-based Blitzen Trapper released Wild & Reckless, a new album born of their staged musical of the same title and also a companion to their 2008 breakthrough album Furr. The band have just announced new dates to the already in progress Wild & Reckless Tour.

Yesterday, Paste Magazine premiered the official video for “Joanna” and said, “The video for ‘Joanna’ offers a stark, handheld-camera tour around an ominous rural yard, where a man lays dead in the dewy grass as Earley recounts his heroine’s story of pain and uneasy redemption.”

Watch “Joanna” by Blitzen Trapper:

“‘Joanna’ is one of the darkest songs I’ve written, a murder ballad that raises questions and gets at the riddle of what justice really means,” explains frontman Eric Earley. “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, in many ways a fanciful tale since victims of assault rarely find justice against their attacker. In my twenties my closest friend was a victim of this type of violence and her story filled me with such anger and confusion. This song is in ways me explaining to myself and dealing with that frustration that there is extreme darkness that exists in the world, that there are monsters, and often those monsters end up holding the power.

Its release and the release of the entire Wild and Reckless story coincides with an election, much like Furr did in ’08 with the election of Obama, this album finds itself telling similar stories but in an upside-down world.”

Wild and Reckless is now available for purchase via iTunes, Amazon, and their website.

NPR Music premiered the album in its entirety as a First Listen and called it “a sprawling, sumptuous testament to Weird America.” Wild & Reckless has been embraced by Consequence of SoundEntertainment WeeklyGlide MagazineRolling Stone Country, and The New York Times, who said “Missing Tom Petty? He lives on in Blitzen Trapper’s ‘Wild and Reckless,’ an accomplished slice of classic rock that unabashedly sounds like Mr. Petty singing a Springsteen song with the Heartbreakers’ California guitars and a harmonica intro from Neil Young.”

The Associated Press reviewed the album and said, “Musically, the band feels right at home in the Americana neighborhood they fully moved into on their previous album — “All Across This Land” from 2015. The influences of Tom Petty, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan are easy to spot but there are also echoes of Stan Ridgway and J.J. Cale in some of the grooves.” AllMusic called the album “A nostalgia-driven cautionary tale of corruption, drugs, heartbreak, and science fiction — think Bonnie and Clyde meets Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”

Blitzen Trapper Premiere Official “Wild and Reckless” Video, Full Album Now Streaming on NPR Music’s First Listen

Wild & Reckless out November 3
Stream the Record via NPR Music Now

US Tour Kicks Off November 2 in Atlanta, GA

On November 3, the Portland, OR-based Blitzen Trapper will release Wild & Reckless, a new album born of their staged musical of the same title and also a companion to their 2008 breakthrough album Furr. Yesterday, Rolling Stone Country premiered the official video for the album’s title track.

Watch The Video for “Wild and Reckless” via YouTube:

The New York Times said, “Missing Tom Petty? He lives on in Blitzen Trapper’s ‘Wild and Reckless,’ an accomplished slice of classic rock that unabashedly sounds like Mr. Petty singing a Springsteen song with the Heartbreakers’ California guitars and a harmonica intro from Neil Young.”

Consequence of Sound said “Music-wise, the song is the equivalent of an adrenaline shot of invincibility — the kind of anthem people turn up loud in the car as they’re speeding off to some unknown destination, the wind’s blow their only guidance.”

Today, NPR Music premiered the album in its entirety as a First Listen and called it “a sprawling, sumptuous testament to Weird America.”
Stream Wild and Reckless via NPR Music’s First Listen:

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/26/560026207/first-listen-blitzen-trapper-wild-and-reckless

Wild and Reckless is now available for pre-order via iTunes, Amazon, and their website.

Entertainment Weekly premiered the video for “Rebel,” the first song to be released from the forthcoming album.

Watch The Video for “Rebel” via YouTube:

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 extension 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, OR. It was mixed by James Brown (Foo Fighters, Kings Of Leon, Blitzen Trapper’s All Across This Land) at The Union.

The band will embark on a national tour with select support from Lilly Hiatt this winter to celebrate the release of the album. Find a full list of tour dates below.

Wild & Reckless tracklist:

1) Rebel
2) Wild & Reckless
3) Forever Pt. 1
4) Joanna
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

Tour Dates:
10/28: Seaside, OR – Boo’s Blues & Brews – TICKETS
11/2: Atlanta, GA – The Earl – TICKETS
11/3: Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall – TICKETS #
11/4: Richmond, VA- The Broadberry – TICKETS #
11/5: Washington, DC – Black Cat – TICKETS #
11/6: Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s – TICKETS #
11/7: Cambridge, MA – The Sinclairs – TICKETS #
11/9: Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg – TICKETS #
11/10: Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern – TICKETS #
11/11: Detroit, MI – El Club – TICKETS #
11/12: Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall – TICKETS
11/14: Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon – TICKETS
11/15: Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall – TICKETS #
11/16: St. Paul, MN – Turf Club – TICKETS
11/17: Iowa City, IA – The Mill – TICKETS
11/18: St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill Duck Room – TICKETS
11/19: Nashville, TN – Exit/In – TICKETS #
11/30: Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley – TICKETS #
12/1: Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theatre – TICKETS #
12/2: San Diego, CA – Casbah – TICKETS #
12/4: Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall – TICKETS #
12/5: San Francisco, CA – The Independent – TICKETS #
12/7: Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern – TICKETS #
12/8: Portland, OR – Revolution Hall – TICKETS #

# – support from Lilly Hiatt

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Blitzen Trapper Release The Title Track From New Album ‘Wild and Reckless’

Wild & Restless Out November 3
US Tour Kicks Off November 2 in Atlanta, GA

On November 3, the Portland, OR-based Blitzen Trapper will release Wild & Reckless, a new album born of their staged musical of the same title and also a companion to their 2008 breakthrough album Furr. Last week, Consequence of Sound premiered the album’s title track and said “the song is the equivalent of an adrenaline shot of invincibility — the kind of anthem people turn up loud in the car as they’re speeding off to some unknown destination, the wind’s blow their only guidance.”

Stream “Wild and Reckless” via You Tube:

“‘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,” explains frontman Eric Earley about the song. “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 shinning corona, even when there’s only darkness at the center.”

Wild and Reckless is now available for pre-order via iTunes, Amazon, and their website.

Recently, Entertainment Weekly premiered the video for “Rebel,” the first single to be released from the forthcoming album.

Watch the video for “Rebel” below:

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.”

The band will embark on a national tour with select support from Lilly Hiatt this winter to celebrate the release of the album. Find a full list of tour dates below.

Wild & Reckless tracklist:

1) Rebel
2) Wild & Reckless
3) Forever Pt. 1
4) Joanna
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

Tour Dates:

10/28: Seaside, OR – Boo’s Blues & Brews
11/2: Atlanta, GA – The Earl
11/3: Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall *
11/4: Richmond, VA- The Broadberry *
11/5: Washington, DC – Black Cat *
11/6: Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s  *
11/7: Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair *
11/9: Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *
11/10: Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern *
11/11: Detroit, MI – El Club – *
11/12: Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
11/14: Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
11/15: Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall *
11/16: St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
11/17: Iowa City, IA – The Mill
11/18: St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill Duck Room
11/19: Nashville, TN – Exit/In *
11/30: Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley *
12/1: Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theatre *
12/2: San Diego, CA – Casbah *
12/4: Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall *
12/5: San Francisco, CA – The Independent *
12/7: Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern *
12/8: Portland, OR – Revolution Hall *

* support from Lilly Hiatt

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