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Kevidently 9/25/15

From Entertainment Weekly:

Blitzen Trapper bandleader Eric Earley has long been a man of many influences. Before the group’s seventh studio full-length he declaredthe main gravitational pulls on the collection were Waylon Jennings and Wu-Tang Clan — which, oddly enough, flowed into one sonic path smoother than one might think. VII was surreal in its genre-bending as well as its blending, mixing rap-style lyrical flows with Southwestern accents and danceable melodies.

For their newest effort, Earley says he started by revisiting more familiar territory. “I just went back to the bands that influenced me in high school, like the Replacements and R.E.M., Uncle Tupelo.” On All Across This Land, which EW is premiering in full below, Earley returns to Americana-inflected rock and psychedelic whims, the first taste of which fans would have heard on Furr (2008) and most recently onAmerican Goldwing (2011). But All Across This Land is bigger, synthier, warmer. Its guitars are brighter, more soaked in reverb.

The question it asks, through various mouthpieces, is also bigger. “Where have I been?” Or rather, “Why have I been there?” All Across This Land’s first nine tracks look back to Earley and his high school friends (“Nights Were Made For Love”), a young crush that never grew into more (“Mystery and Wonder”), a relationship hanging on by a single, gasping breath (“Love Grow Cold”), and Earley’s father (“Cadillac Road”).

“Cadillac Road”, in particular, anchors the record in retrospection. “I was thinking about my own father. He’s been gone for many years, but I wondered if I ever really knew him,” Earley says of the tune with the tale of a man who worked for a phone company in a dying town, and who stayed behind even after the the down had died — the circumstances of which Earley says were very real.

Which leads to the final track, which finally looks forward. On “Across The River” Earley imagines crossing “the river that runs between the sun and the darkness of our lives” to speak to his father. It’s not a new concept, of course. The River Styx has been the way out, or over, since first appearing in Greek Mythology. But Earley makes it immediate and affecting, weaving a filigree portrait of longing for those long gone that only those who’ve wondered what they have to do to see someone again will understand.

If it feels as real as the other stories that’s because, in some ways it is. “Who’s to say meditating on the thought, ‘What if I was to just cross over? Just to talk to my dad?’ isn’t real?” Earley asks why way of explanation. Certainly, not us.

All Across This Land is streaming below and releases next week, October 2nd via Vagrant Records. 

munkymufin1 9/26/15

Listening to it now and I love it.  It's so so good.

junglelove 9/30/15

"Even if you don't" is an early favourite - despite not being a cover of the Ween song of same name.

junglelove 9/30/15

PS - Why so quiet on here - has everyone moved to facetwitter ?

wakeman 9/30/15

It has been a quicker source of information lately, but i'm still poking around here

ozprogmeister 9/30/15

Hey guys it's been a long while since you hit the west coast of Oz but i am hanging for an autographed copy of All Across... till you're here again..

cheers guys


Kevidently 10/3/15

I've been trying to throw up new news here ASAP when possible.

OCDBT4ME 10/3/15

Don't puke on the forum, Kev. 😀

I'm intentionally not listening to the streamed album since it would spoil my 'new album ritual'.  Waiting for my LP to come in the mail so I can enjoy/analyze/digest every facet of it with the uninterrupted laser focus a new BT LP deserves. Only one week til I pack up the family for the trip to Buffalo to see the boys perform these new tunes -- not much time to get to know them as well as I like to before I hear them live. Looks like I've got a busy week of looped listening ahead of me...and I cannot wait!!!

Be safe out there on the road, guys!!


junglelove 10/7/15
gatorbutts 10/7/15
munkymufin1 10/7/15

I'm kind of bummed by how similar the language is in these reviews.  They reference the same influences, chart the same assumed paths over different albums, and the number/grade/stars seem like an arbitrary afterthought (or a cautious mid-range hedging-of-the-bet).

I love this record.  I have loved each Blitzen Trapper record, and in distinct ways.  This band has been a soundtrack to so many wild victories, mistakes, and heartaches over the last few years, and this new album is taking me into what I'm pretty sure is going to be an amazing season in my life.

I'm gonna keep playing this album at the coffee shop I work at, and I'm gonna keep telling people how much these gentlemen rock.  Reviews are so weird, but I just love this band.

junglelove 10/14/15

I like this record but it isn't my favourite - its very mellow bar a couple of tracks and I would prefer to see a couple more rocking numbers. Should imagine most of the tracks will sound better after heavy touring.

junglelove 11/15/15

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