Blitzen Trapper at Old Rock House 9.18.2013 – St. Louis, MO

Words / Pictures / Videos by Bradley Darby (@DarbySTL)

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Quick story for you… I’ve been contributing posts to Concert Confessions for something like four years now. Throughout this entire period, our founding father Reverend Justito had continuously told me that I need to listen to this band called Blitzen Trapper. He told me once… he told me twice… hell, he even told me thrice. And I heard him, but I didn’t listen to him. There is no good reason to explain why I never did give this Blitzen Trapper a fair shake… The Rev and I have an incredibly similar taste in a good chunk of our favorite music. Then came the Wakarusa 2012 lineup announcement sometime around January of 2012, and there they were making their Wakarusa debut. The time was upon us… minutes after combing the lineup, to YouTube I went to type in those two words that had been staring me in the face for the last few years. I started with a few songs from 2008’s Furr… SON OF A BITCH I REALLY LIKE THIS BAND! Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Eric Earley’s lyrics immediately sounded like something that could have been released by Tom Petty or Ray LaMontagne or maybe even Bob Dylan. The music gave me a strong Wilco vibe, but with more twang and not so much jam. Why had I not taken Papa Concert Confessions advice a hell of a lot earlier?! (Note: See all of our previous Blitzen Trapper coverage right here)

Wakarusa come, and Wakarusa go… and I got the chance to see Blitzen Trapper for the first time. That performance was absolutely great in my eyes, but we will come back to that in a bit. Let’s talk about the Portland, Oregon quintets recent stop in St. Louis at the Old Rock House in support of their soon to be released seventh album called, VII where they worked a smaller yet respectable crowd into a frenzy for about 90 minutes with their blend of Oregonian Alt-Country… Or as Earley called it in a recent interview , “Rocky Mountain Whoop Ass.” The set kicked off with the opening track to Furr, “Sleepytime in the Western World” after informing the crowd that they were “here to play rock music… and sensitive music.” Our first new song of the night titled “Thirsty Man” followed, which was one of seven songs from new album featured in the set. Stand outs tracks were “Heart Attack”, “Feel the Chill”, and “Shine On” which is “just straight gospel” and my pick for the first single. One noticeable trait with the new songs was a more upbeat sound, almost a bit of a funk, but still nothing too far off the path of the typical Blitzen Trapper alt-country/rock/Americana/whatever genre you want to call it. You can grab that new album, VII, on September 30th or just pre-order it here (they are also selling it on tour right now)

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“This one is a country song” said Earley before “Taking It Easy Too Long” from 2011’s American Goldwing.  Each song drew a smattering of applause from the crowd that packed in mostly on the main floor. After each break the band would thank the crowd and mentioned that St. Louis is always one of their loudest cities. Earley addressed the crowd prior to “God and Suicide” and noted that “your all going to look back and think how polite this band was”. At one point the setlist featured a back to back to back knockout trio of fan favorites “Black River Killer”, “Love the Way You Walk Away” and finally the title track to their pivotal 2008 release Furr, which Earley called a “pretty song.” The crowd erupted yet again as they continued to play another of the seven tracks from Furr that would appear tonight, “Lady on the Water.”

The set closed out with two more new songs and finally “Fire & Fast Bullets” before the band graciously thanked the crowd for their raucous applause and support. After leaving the stage, front man Eric Earley returned to the stage and performed a few acoustic songs, both songs that really showcase Earley’s songwriting, “The Man Who Would Speak True” and “Stranger in a Strange Land” which features some of my favorite lyrics from any Blitzen Trapper song. The rest of the band came back out to join him on stage for one final song, “Evening Star” from 2010’s Destroyer of the Void. After the set you could find all five of the guys scattered around the venue chatting with fans, taking photos and signing autographs… which brings me back to the Wakarusa set we briefly touched on earlier. I was talking with guitarist Erik Menteer and drummer Brian Adrian Koch after the set for a minute and mentioned seeing them at Wakarusa for the first time and told them how much I enjoyed the set and had looked forward to a non festival show. Both of them were very impressed to hear that, because apparently that was what they referred to as one of their worst shows and even went on to say something about how the “hippies fucking hated us so much.” I definitely don’t remember getting that vibe from their set, but they were one of my highlights going into and coming out of the festival that year… to each his own I guess, but you may be tough to find someone who was in attendance at the Old Rock House last Wednesday that would be able to say they didn’t enjoy the performance put on by the boys of Blitzen Trapper. Check out tour dates below and go see these guys.

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SETLIST

Sleepytime In the Western World (Furr)
Thirsty Man (VII)
Fletcher (American Goldwing)
Astronaut (American Goldwing)
God and Suicide (Furr)
Ever Loved Once (VII)
Not Your Lover (Furr)
Taking It Easy For Too Long (American Goldwing)
Heart Attack (VII)
Shine On (VII)
Earth (Fever Called Love) (VII)
Neck Tatts, Cadillacs (VII)
Black River Killer (Furr)
Love The Way You Walk Away (American Goldwing)
Furr (Furr)
Lady on the Water (Furr)
Feel the Chill (VII)
Big Black Bird (Black River Killer)
Fire & Fast Bullets (Furr)
E: The Man Who Would Speak True (acoustic) (Destroyer of the Void)
E: Stranger In A Strange Land (acoustic) (American Goldwing)

E: Evening Star (Destroyer of the Void)

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UPCOMING BLITZEN TRAPPER TOUR DATES:

Sep 24 The Bottle Tree Birmingham, AL
Sep 25 40 Watt Club Athens, GA
Sep 26 The Haw River Ballroom Saxapahaw, NC
Sep 27 Black Cat Washington, DC
Sep 28 Arch Street Tavern Hartford, CT
Sep 29 Royale Boston, MA
Sep 30 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
Oct 01 Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington, VT
Oct 03 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
Oct 04 Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, NY
Oct 05 Lee’s Palace Toronto, ON
Oct 07 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
Oct 08 Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI
Oct 09 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
Oct 10 The Aquarium Fargo, ND
Oct 12 The Filling Station Bozeman, MT
Oct 13 Top Hat Missoula, MT
Nov 05 The Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
Nov 06 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
Nov 08 Pappy & Harriets Pioneertown Pioneertown, CA
Nov 09 Porter’s Pub La Jolla, CA
Nov 10 Club Congress Tucson, AZ
Nov 12 The Parish Austin, TX
Nov 13 Club Dada Dallas, TX
Nov 15 The Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
Nov 16 The State Room Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 19 The Bartlett Spokane, WA
Nov 20 The Leavenworth Festhalle Leavenworth, WA
Nov 21 The Wild Buffalo Bellingham, WA
Nov 22 The Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, BC
Nov 23 Neptune Theatre Seattle, WA
Nov 30 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR

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Blitzen Trapper drumkit

Drunk Blitzen Trapper

THIS IS WHAT I WAS SEEING BY THE END OF THE SHOW. Special Thanks to 4 Hands Brewing Co. for the buzz

 

blitzen trapper sign

 

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