Blitzen Trapper Details
VII is the seventh record from Blitzen Trapper and their first release for VagrantRecords. Its twelve tracks teem with vivid tales of longing, flight, desperation andredemption, all set in a sonic landscape at once familiar, but also strange and new, like a dream. Without a doubt the culmination of all the group’s best work, VII sounds a lot like America.
Blitzen Trapper was founded in Portland, Oregon in 2000 by a group of native Pacific Northwesterners, who played around town endlessly to skeleton crowds andgave away an impressive stream of garage recordings on CDR for years. Then came the Blitzen Trapper record in 2003, and Field Rexx in 2005. But it wasn’t until 2007’s self-released Wild Mountain Nation made a big splash that they finally hit the road, setting the stage for Furr’s release the following year.
Powered by its title trackand by the G-funk-inflected “Black River Killer” that record became an unlikely hit andthe group suddenly found itself on network television and in glossy magazines andastride colossal festival stages. So they released more music, toured the Western world incessantly, got to work with the likes of Wilco, Stephen Malkmus, Guided ByVoices and Belle & Sebastian, and slowly became the band they’d always dreamed theywould be. Blitzen Trapper are frontman and songwriter Eric Earley, Marty Marquis, Brian Adrian Koch, Michael Van Peltand Erik Menteer.