Blitzen Trapper at La Zona Rosa 10/13
October 17, 2010 § Leave a comment
Blitzen Trapper’s show at La Zona Rosa on Wednesday was just about as epic as their name. The band hailing from Portland, Oregon, mixes folk-y grassroot instruments and intricate guitar picking with a consistently heavy drum beat that ushered in a crowd of bobbing heads.
Harmonizing perfectly on every song, Blitzen Trapper’s sound feels like it could be the soundtrack to a 70’s camping trip in the Rockies complete with short shorts and campfire songs. Layering howling wolf sound clips and the chirping of crickets over the solid rock tunes made for an experience that could best be described as mystical!
The well-seasoned performers have been playing since 2000, putting out five albums and one EP and defining themselves as a band who is not afraid to experiment. In their 2007 album, Wild Mountain Nation, Blitzen Trapper’s wide range of songs are everything from electronic to rock, with some unexpected turns, only making the album that much more interesting and proving their confidence as artists.
Perhaps one of the most well-known songs is “Furr”, off the 2008 album. Upon hearing the first guitar strums from the song at the show on Wednesday, the head-bobbing crowd let up a collective yell which seemed appropriate especially while the woodsey noises were layered over the track by the synth/guitar player.
The new album, Destroyer of the Void, seems to balance a striking synth and sturdy guitar riffs, beckoning the listener into stories that come straight from a weathered mountain soul. In “The Man Who Would Speak True”, a chilling tune about a man who kills his lover, the band members bring their audience to remember yellow-tinted, dry western movies from the 60s and 70s. Though the album doesn’t seem like a long stray from the sounds of the 2008 album Furr, the consistently heavy rocking band beckons the audience to a second listen as their twangy, harmonica melodies engrain themselves in the wilderness of traditional rock music.