Blitzen Trapper | 07.23.11

The band certainly gives the impression that they’re having as much fun as the audience is.



The Firebird, St. Louis

The last time I saw Blitzen Trapper was in Kansas City last year, and it was dangerously hot outside. Although the band’s performance was exceptional, the seemingly total lack of air conditioning or air circulation in The Record Bar left me feeling vaguely like I’d been run over by a truck by the end of the show.

With their show in St. Louis on Saturday coming after more than a week of heat advisories interspersed with heat warnings, I was putting a lot of faith in the air conditioning abilities of The Firebird and hoping that this would not be a repeat of the last time I had seen the band.

Thankfully despite the venue being packed with people, both the musicians and the fans were able to enjoy the evening without anyone collapsing from heat exhaustion. The openers, AgesandAges, were also from Oregon (as is Blitzen Trapper), and though I was only mildly familiar with them before the show, I would consider myself a fan after seeing them perform. They make music that manages to be complex without seeming self-important. The band has seven members—the stage at The Firebird was pretty packed for their set—but it’s obvious everyone has their the own thing they bring to the table. Frontman Tim Perry seems effortlessly charismatic, and it’s not hard to imagine that with a bit more room he would have been literally running all over the stage. I would not hesitate to see them again, either opening or headlining (which I imagine should happen here shortly).

Blitzen Trapper was up next, playing songs from the span of their career, including several from their upcoming album, American Goldwing. Although the title track of that album has been on repeat for me, I was especially taken with the song “Astronaught.” All of the songs seem to have the same feel that all of Blitzen Trapper’s songs possess, however, that of a sort of rough-and-tumble longing. Their performance of their older tracks as well as the new music was fantastic, with sing-a-longs and frontman Eric Earley even fumbling the lyrics once. The band certainly gives the impression that they’re having as much fun as the audience is, whether they’re playing songs about murder or relationships (which, admittedly, can sometimes feel like one and the same).

This tour was a short one for the band, as they’re planning on a full tour after American Goldwing is released on September 13th. If their show here is any indication, we should all hope they’ll have St. Louis on their list of stops again. | Teresa Montgomery



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