Reading through Blitzen Trapper’s bio, I was reminded of a song my Heinz Rudolph Kunze – one of my favorite singer/songwriters growing up “Every day with you is a journey around the world, you always return to yourself, where you started”. For their new album “Wild and Reckless” the Portland, OR band has returned to their own label LidKerCow. The record was released last week on 11/3 and the band’s tour promoting it will make a stop at the Turf Club on 11/16. Some tickets are still available HERE.
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.”
Nov 10 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, Canada
Nov 11 El Club Detroit, MI
Nov 12 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
Nov 14 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI
Nov 15 Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI
Nov 16 Turf Club St Paul, MN
Nov 17 The Mill Iowa City, IA
Nov 18 Blueberry Hill Duck Room Saint Louis, MO
Nov 19 Exit/In Nashville, TN
Nov 30 Moe’s Alley Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 01 Bootleg Theater Los Angeles, CA
Dec 02 Casbah San Diego, CA
Dec 04 Sweetwater Music Hall Mill Valley, CA
Dec 05 The Independent San Francisco, CA
Dec 07 Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
Dec 08 Revolution Hall Portland, OR