Blitzen Trapper is a
Portland, Oregon-based experimental folk rock band signed to
Sub Pop Records. Formed in 2000, the band currently operates as a
sextet, with Eric Earley (guitar/vocals), Erik Menteer (guitar/keyboard),
Brian Adrian Koch (drums/vocals), Michael VanPelt, (bass), Drew Laughery
(keyboards), and Marty Marquis (guitar, keyboards, vocals). Blitzen Trapper
self-released its first three albums. "Wild Mountain Nation" was #98 on
Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.
Blitzen Trapper released its third album, Wild Mountain Nation, in 2007 to
much critical acclaim from critics such as
The Nerve, and
Spin Magazine. The group signed to Sub Pop Records in the summer of 2007.
The release of Furr in 2008 was a high-water mark for the group as their
eclectic new songs received a two-page feature in Rolling Stone. The album was
ranked #13 on Rolling Stone's Best Albums of 2008 while the title track was
ranked #4 on the magazine's Best Singles of 2008. The title track was also
featured on an episode of
Chuck on December 8, 2008 in the episode titled "Chuck vs. the Delorean." A
second song from Furr, God & Suicide, was featured in the opening of the March
9, 2009 episode of
Chuck titled "Chuck vs. The Lethal Weapon".
ROLLING STONE - "Throughout the album, Blitzen keep their songs
highly tuneful, making Furr a breakthrough worthy of toasting with a microbrew,
THE GUARDIAN - "Thirteen songs of to-ing and fro-ing should
leave anyone exhausted, but somehow this band's wide-eyed, sweaty-browed
energy--the sound of indie rock with a heart full of adrenalin and
affection--keeps on pumping the blood."