Of all the bands at our SXSW party, Blitzen Trapper seemed most likely to collapse the Volume stage. Yes, more so than HEALTH — there are more people, you see. The six Portlanders crowded onto the riser and proceeded to bounce and stomp with an overflow of energy you might not have immediately grasped from their recordings. (That, and an awesome drummer.) To see what we mean, take a look at this raucous take on “Wild Mountain Nation,” the title track from Blitzen’s third album.

Now compare it to this. The difference is more monumental when you see ’em in person. Also, since she was on location, we asked fellow PDX resident Carrie Brownstein if she’d interview the band after their set. The NPR blogger and ThunderAnt was kind enough to comply, speaking with frontman Eric Earley about proper tubing techniques, the Trail Blazers, karaoke, Eagles, skiing, the Kinks, hair color, tattoos, etc. All in under two minutes!

Crawdads. So that’s what they call ’em in Oregon, eh Eric?

Comments (7)
  1. Very informative!

  2. Tully  |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2008 0

    Blitzen Trapper is a band that is definitely on its A-game lately playing live. I saw them play “Wild Mountain Nation” and other stuff at Langerado — excellent set. If anyone gets the chance to see them, do it!

  3. Very nice…

  4. Me  |   Posted on Mar 21st, 2008 0

    This was the only band that was worth a crap at your day party. If I were these guys, I would be pissed you booked me with such a crappy line up of people playing with toys and calling themselves musicians, and people making aweful noice and calling it art. Pull your heads out of your asses and get back to real music. Not this hipster “Im an artists” crap. Just good music period!

  5. Me  |   Posted on Mar 21st, 2008 0

    This was the only band that was worth a crap at your day party on Sat. If I were these guys, I would be pissed you booked me with such a crappy line up of people playing with toys and calling themselves musicians, and people making aweful noice and calling it art. Pull your heads out of your asses and get back to real music. Not this hipster “Im an artists” crap. Just good music period!

  6. get off my lawn  |   Posted on Mar 21st, 2008 0

    Dad?

  7. duuuur  |   Posted on Mar 24th, 2008 0

    Who made that incredible banner in the background?

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