Eric Earley (wearing a horribly fantastic tie-dye Metallica shirt) and the fellas make their annual Neurolux appearance, and once again do not disappoint.
Blitzen Trapper are a band that is hard to label, as their music is so varied that it fits multiple genre descriptions. They can straight up rock, as much of their early work can attest; they have written many sing-along, folky tracks (including their classic “Furr” that had the audience belting out the lyrics); and recently there is a bit more synths and keyboards in their music (especially on my favorite VII). On this night, we got a sampling of all things BT, and it made for a fun, if a bit scattered, evening.
This was my third time seeing these guys, and each time has been at the best concert venue in town: The Neurolux- it seems that Blitzen Trapper has made a habit of coming to Boise each summer, and I hope it continues. Apparently, Boise agrees, as each time the crowd is packed and rowdy. I arrived a bit late and missed the opening act, Dead Lee, but heard positive reviews. After the requisite time to set up equipment (and allow the crowd to get more drinks, of course), our boys took the stage to much hooting and hollering.
After opening with “No Man’s Land”, a track from their most recent album Wild and Reckless, they followed up with “Stolen Shoes & a Rifle” from Furr, still their most popular record. This would prove to be telling as 11 of the 17 songs were from those two albums. In hindsight, this is not surprise – bands typically play extensively from their most recent efforts, after all. But why so many tracks from Furr, which was released ten years ago? I got a chance to talk to Eric after the show and he told me that the band is preparing to release a re-issue of that record celebrating the 10-year anniversary, complete with B-sides from those recordings. Look for that later this year, although we didn’t hear any of those unreleased tracks on this night.
Highlights of the night included the aforementioned “Furr” singalong as well as the keyboard-rich “When I’m Dying” and “Thirsty Man”, which both provided great opportunities to groove with those around you. The only disappointment was the lack of a Neil Young cover, which they are known to do regularly – I was lucky enough to see them perform a solid rendition of “Old Man” last time.
No Man’s Land
Stolen Shoes & A Rifle
Valley of Death
When I’m Dying
Taking It Easy Too Long
Black River Killer
Wild and Reckless
Lady on the Water
Fire & Fast Bullets