As part of our ongoing Long Play series, opbmusic is playing selections from Blitzen Trapper ’s album “Furr” all day throughout the broadcast on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Most would call it an indisputable fact that Portland is a different city than it was a decade ago. Whether they’d call that good or bad is a whole other can of worms, but regardless, the city has changed, and albums like Blitzen Trapper’s “Furr” serve as a nostalgic picture of what life in Portland was like in 2008.
“It was more a matter of the way the economy was, the smallness of the city at that time,” Blitzen Trapper frontman Eric Earley told opbmusic during a recent visit to our studios. “Really a lack of money is what it comes down to. It was a totally different scene. And it [was] 10 years ago, I was a different person, we were all different.”
There’s a versatility to the album that still stands, regardless of year, shifting between the foot-stomping soft Americana movement of the title track, to the buoyant, Wilco-esque jangling rock number “War on Machines.” Somehow these songs fuse moments of country tenderness, gritty rock textures and undeniable pop — and always, always stick their landing.
Eric Earley chatted with opbmusic’s Matthew Casebeer about the making of Furr and the album’s forthcoming reissue. Listen to the full conversation:
For the album’s 10th anniversary, the band partnered back up with their former label Sub Pop to reissue the album, this time as an expanded 25-song version equipped with live cuts, Record Day singles and unreleased tracks. To top it off, the band will be zigzagging the U.S. and Canada, playing the record in its entirety. The tour, which will also feature fellow Portlanders Candace, begins in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sept. 14 and culminates with a two-night stand at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland two months later on Nov. 17 and 18.
“It’s fun to revisit, especially the songs we haven’t played in a long time because we’re a better band so it’s easier to play the songs and figure out the best ways to do them,” Earley said. “We’re trying to recreate the record which has a lot of textures on it that we never really did live, so we’re kind of for the first time gonna be able to do those things. That’s kind of cool.”
Not only are some of these songs being fully realized for the first time, some of them are being debuted live for the first time, period.
“We’ve never played the whole record, there are a couple songs on there we’ve never even played,” Earley said.
“Furr” Fall 2018 Tour Dates
Sep. 14 - Victoria, BC - Rifflandia Festival
Sep. 15 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore
Sep. 16 - Nelson, BC - Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel
Sep. 17 - Calgary, AB - Festival Hall
Sep. 18 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
Sep. 19 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos
Sep. 20 - Toronto, ON - RBC Echo Beach
Sep. 21 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
Sep. 22 - Indianapolis, IN - Holler On The Hill at Garfield Park
Sep. 24 - 25 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
Sep. 27 - Hamilton, ON - Mills Hardware
Sep. 28 - Ottawa, ON - The 27 Club
Sep. 29 - Montreal, QC - Le Ministère
Oct. 01 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
Oct. 02 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oct. 04 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry at The Fillmore
Oct. 05 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
Oct. 06 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
Oct. 07 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Oct. 08 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East
Oct. 10 - St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill Duck Room
Oct. 11 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
Oct. 12 - Lincoln, NE - The Royal Grove
Oct. 13 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
Nov. 08 - Chico, CA- Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Nov. 09 - Reno, NV - Offbeat Music Festival
Nov. 10 - Novato, CA - Hopmonk Tavern
Nov. 11 - Sebastopol, CA - Hopmonk Tavern
Nov. 12 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
Nov. 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room
Nov. 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Nov. 16 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
Nov. 17 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Nov. 18 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge