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Blitzen Trapper to release ‘American Goldwing’, playing Wicker Park Fest, touring w/ AgesandAges (2011 dates)

Blitzen Trapper (photo by Tyler Kohlhoff)
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Portland, OR’s Blitzen Trapper are gearing up for the release of their sixth LP American Goldwing, out September 13th via Sub Pop Records. Given the quality of the album’s title track/single (which you can hear via a widget below); American Goldwing is poised to hold its ground against the band’s back catalog.

Bandleader Eric Earley had the below to offer..

“When I was six years old, my brother-in-law kept his Honda Goldwing out in back of my dad’s house. It sat by the oak tree in the tall grass, a monster of a touring bike. I used to eye it with much curiosity at that age. One day I climbed up on it, my short legs dangling down the sides. I made noises like I was racing along some lonely road, my hands on the throttle and clutch. Suddenly the bike tipped and fell, pinning my leg beneath its weight. I laid there for a time, crying, feeling trapped, until my mother came and yelled at me and then pulled me out.

Writing American Goldwing felt much like that, like being pinned beneath a giant motorcycle, and its vision is that inescapable past, those feelings of being trapped in a small town, that fine line between the rural and the suburban settings that define much of America, that line between love and loss that occurs when you find yourself..”

Blitzen Trapper will head out on a largely West Coast tour with AgesandAges, kicking off on July 19th in Salt Lake City, UT. They’ll make their way to Chicago to play at Wicker Park Fest on July 24th with Wild Flag, Wavves, and more.

You can view the LP’s track listing, and all 2011 tour dates below..


American Goldwing Track List:
01. Might Find It Cheap
02. Fletcher
03. Love the Way You Walk Away
04. Your Crying Eyes
05. My Home Town
06. Girl In a Coat
07. American Goldwing
08. Astronaut
09. Taking It Easy Too Long
10. Street Fighting Sun
11. Stranger In a Strange Land

BLITZEN TRAPPER – 2011 TOUR DATES
July 19 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT ^
July 20 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO ^
July 22 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO ^
July 23 Firebird – Saint Louis, MO ^
July 24 Wicker Park Fest – Chicago, IL – South Stage
July 25 Blue Moose Taphouse – Iowa City, IA
July 26 Slowdown – Omaha, NE
July 28 Filling Station – Bozeman, MT ^
July 29 A Club – Spokane, WA ^+
July 30 Seasons Performance Hall – Yakima, WA ^
Sep 09 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR – Music Fest North West

^ w/ AgesandAges
+ w/ Fruit Bats

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