"Wild Animals" by Trampled By Turtles on iTunes

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

half of Wild Animals, Trampled by Turtles continue their journey in taking their bluegrass roots to the alternative mainstream. The title track could be inspired by Band of Horses or My Morning Jacket, with “Hollow” gently taking that sound and sneaking in their acoustic instruments further up in the mix to match their peerless harmonies. Fellow Minnesotan Alan Sparhawk, frontman for Low, is just the producer to help them. He took the band into the legendary Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minn., where Nirvana and The Jayhawks once recorded; together they found some gorgeous arrangements that are purely their own sound. “Are You Behind the Shining Star?” features a pop melody supported by strings and harmonies. “Silver Light” nails a superb ethereal country-rock sound. “Come Back Home” fires up the pace, and “Western World” turns to the bluegrass side of their punk roots. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

half of Wild Animals, Trampled by Turtles continue their journey in taking their bluegrass roots to the alternative mainstream. The title track could be inspired by Band of Horses or My Morning Jacket, with “Hollow” gently taking that sound and sneaking in their acoustic instruments further up in the mix to match their peerless harmonies. Fellow Minnesotan Alan Sparhawk, frontman for Low, is just the producer to help them. He took the band into the legendary Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minn., where Nirvana and The Jayhawks once recorded; together they found some gorgeous arrangements that are purely their own sound. “Are You Behind the Shining Star?” features a pop melody supported by strings and harmonies. “Silver Light” nails a superb ethereal country-rock sound. “Come Back Home” fires up the pace, and “Western World” turns to the bluegrass side of their punk roots. 

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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5

91 Ratings

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TroubleAheadTroubleBehind,

Love the first two songs and a few others that have been played live at concerts. Looking forward to the rest! Hurry up 7-15-14

Where did TBT go?

MTH20Man,

Who are these guys trying to pass themselves off as TBT? This album sounds nothing like any of their previous albums.

About Trampled By Turtles

Progressive bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles are from Duluth, Minnesota, where frontman Dave Simonett initially formed the group as a side project in 2003. At the time, Simonett had lost most of his music gear, thanks to a group of enterprising car thieves who'd ransacked his vehicle while he played a show with his previous band. Left with nothing more than an acoustic guitar, he began piecing together a new band, this time taking inspiration from bluegrass, folk, and other genres that didn't rely on amplification. Simonett hadn't played any bluegrass music before, and he filled his lineup with other newcomers to the genre, including fiddler Ryan Young (who'd previously played drums in a speed metal act) and jam band bassist Tim Saxhaug. Along with mandolinist Erik Berry and banjo player Dave Carroll, the group began carving out a fast, frenetic sound that owed as much to rock & roll as bluegrass.

Trampled by Turtles released their first record, Songs from a Ghost Town, in 2004. In a genre steeped in tradition, the album stood out for its contemporary sound, essentially bridging the gap between the bandmates' background in rock music and their new acoustic leanings. Blue Sky and the Devil (2005) and Trouble (2007) explored a similar sound, but it wasn't until 2008 and the band's fourth release, Duluth, that Trampled by Turtles received the full support of the bluegrass community. Duluth peaked at number eight on the Billboard bluegrass chart and paved the way for a number of festival appearances. When Palomino arrived in 2010, it was met with an even greater response, debuting at the top of the bluegrass chart and remaining in the Top Ten for more than a year. Two years later, their crossover appeal landed them at number 32 on the Billboard 200 pop charts upon the release of their sixth album, Stars and Satellites. In addition to major bluegrass and folk festivals, they began showing up at Coachella, Bumbershoot, and Lollapalooza. The official concert album, Live at First Avenue, followed in 2013, recorded at Minnesota's most famous venue. A year later, the band returned with the darker-toned Wild Animals, which bettered its studio predecessor on the album charts, reaching number 29. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Duluth, MN
  • FORMED
    2003

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