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On Blitzen Trapper’s sixth studio album, the Portland band dives headfirst into the record collections of its members' teenage years and delivers classic-sounding songs that are part Southern rock, part Southern funk, and part indie rock. “Might Find It Cheap” opens with the bygone biker strut of a Lynyrd Skynyrd tune. But it’s not all vintage tones here: the electric guitars crunch and distort like they were touched by the hand of J. Mascis. “Fletcher” recalls Wilco’s 1995 debut album, A.M., with twangy country rock devoid of any modern-day effects to keep everything sounding timeless. “Your Crying Eyes” starts with what could be a front-porch jam, as a distant harmonica, stomping boots, and handclaps suddenly make way for chugging twang-rock. The thick drums and electric guitars combine with a pedal steel to create something like a lost James Gang tune. The acoustic-based “My Home Town” recalls the band’s past penchant for Neil Young–flavored songs before the title track rocks out with an anthem-like fervor.

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He has on originality to his record though it's unique, its a good record to live life to!

From another time

Not sure where this fits into anything anymore, but would love a song of theirs to come on the radio when I'm driving


The Pitchfork reviewer of this album is wrong. THis is nostalgic music, but there is a reason for that. Music was better generally 30 years ago than it is now. Give me this rag tag bunch of honest romantics over any of the current 'new' 'cool' 'fashionable' British toff rock NME darlings, anyday. USe a bowie knife to crudely cut out your own cool gland and enjoy it. DEATH TO FASHION DRIVEN MUSIC.


Formed: 2000 in Portland, OR

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Blitzen Trapper's music went through various genres with each record, bouncing from indie folk to art rock to experimental folk before settling into a rich, dusty brand of Neil Young-inspired alt-country. The band formed in 2000 in Portland, Oregon, with songwriter Eric Earley leading a lineup that also included Erik Menteer (guitar, keyboard), Brian Adrian Koch (drums, vocals), Michael Van Pelt (bass), Drew Laughery (keyboard), and Marty Marquis (keyboard, vocals). Before signing a record contract...
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