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Gott in Himmel! Blitzen Trapper!

'Press eject and give me the tape' was a Bauhaus album.

This, however, is just a press release:

If you aren’t familiar with Blitzen Trapper yet, it’s high time you became acquainted. This is, after all, the band that both Wilco and Fleet Foxes have chosen to take out on their late summer UK tours.

The Black River Killer EP is two things: a taster of Furr, the Portland, Oregon sextet’s latest critically acclaimed album, released last September. Plus a chance to pick up another six tracks spanning their nine-year career that so far have only been available as a CDR at live performances.

Black River Killer is the lead track, and it’s dark, disturbing trot through gothic Americana, telling a tale of a mysterious dead body, and an equally mysterious killer. Check out the outstanding video on the band’s website now. Silver Moon, Going Down, Shoulder Full Of You, Preacher Sister’s Boy, Black Rock and Big Black Bird complete the EP, and give you six more reasons why Blitzen Trapper may be your new favourite folk-rock band.

Blitzen Trapper are a group of native Northwesterners, most of whom grew up in Salem, Oregon. They have lived and played together in Portland since 2000. After self-releasing Wild Mountain Nation in June of 2007, the group ventured beyond the West Coast for the first time to tour extensively in Europe and North America. Written in the gaps of the group's frenetic touring schedule and recorded mostly in a hoary old telegraph building close by the Willamette River, Furr refines and expands on the far-ranging yet distinctive songcraft that lies at the heart of Blitzen Trapper's unique appeal.

With a promise of a new album in 2010 on Sub Pop it’s the perfect time to get reacquainted with one America’s most prolific and treasured alternative exports.


Tuesday 25 August – Troxy, London w/ Wilco

Thursday 27 August – Vicar Street, Dublin w/ Wilco

Friday 28 August – Vicar Street, Dublin w/ Wilco

Monday 31 August – Auntie Annies, Belfast

Wednesday 2 September – Cyprus Avenue, Cork

Thursday 3 September – Roisin Dubh, Galway

Sunday 6 September – Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Ireland

Tuesday 8 September – O2 Academy, Glasgow w/ Fleet Foxes

Wednesday 9 September – Academy 2, Newcastle w/ Fleet Foxes

Friday 11 September – Apollo, Manchester w/ Fleet Foxes

Saturday 12 September – End of the Road Festival, North Dorset

Sunday 13 September – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – own headline show

Monday 14 September – Barfly, London – own headline show

And this is a video!

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