In true DIY style, Portland's Blitzen Trapper have blazed their own indie/alt-country trail, self-releasing their first three albums: Blitzen Trapper (2003), Field Rexx (2004) and Wild Mountain Nation (2007). Finally, after the success of their last record, the band caught the attention of indie-giant Sup Pop Records and is now set to release their highly anticipated fourth album Furr on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Though the band has gone through many incarnations over the years, its roster currently includes lead singer Eric Earley (guitar, vocals), Brian Adrian Koch (drums, vocals), Erik Menteer (guitar, keyboard), Drew Laughery (keyboards), Marty Marquis (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and Michael VanPelt (bass).
The title track on Blitzen Trapper's new folksy album already has fur flying in the blogosphere. Daytrotter.com calls the fabled song "a fantastic tale of lycanthropic yearning." Earley's scratchy country twang narrates the story of a 17-year-old boy who turns into a wolf, then back into a man after meeting a girl "with skin the color of a pearl." To the rhythm of a strumming guitar, rattling tambourines and echoing bass drum, Earley sings: "so from the cliffs and highest hill, yeah / we would gladly get our fill / howling endlessly and shrilly at the dawn / And I lost the taste for judging right from wrong." If this song is any indication of what to expect on the rest of Furr, Blitzen Trapper are sure to lasso the coldest of country hearts at Wednesday night's Neurolux show.
Wednesday, Sept. 10, with Your 33 Black Angels, 8 p.m., $3. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886, neurolux.com.