Since forming Blitzen Trapper in 2000, Eric Earley and his Portland, Oregon sextet, have made a name for themselves by grinding through one tour and release at a time.  Blitzen Trapper is a band of musicians and, more importantly, humans with real world experiences and flaws.  This isn’t a polished group of slick hipsters with shiny guitars or elaborate stage setups.  This isn’t a corporate label-created band or “super group” dangling a larger than life persona in front of consumers, living in the world of MTV Cribs, and asking to be lifted overhead as celebrated pop-star deities.  They aren’t simply young rich kids cashing in on the current trend of glossing up old world folk music, either.  It’s true that they’ve had a fortunate unplanned boost or two along the way -including the “Best New Music” label by Pitchfork, in 2007- but it’s clear that the band would still be trudging along whether the masses were listening or not (in fact, they weren’t for a very long time).  Their frontman isn’t “homeless” anymore and BT have actually become the band that people show up in droves to see -not just an opener treated with hostility- but their focus hasn’t changed and they haven’t lost their authenticity.  What’s most impressive is their ability to utilize familiar sounds and demonstrate clear influences, without shame, while still managing to continuously push themselves into new experimental territories and formulate a sound that is unmistakably all their own.  Wikipeida refers to them as “experimental alternative country/folk band“.  Maybe… maybe not.  Either way, we have a pair of tickets to Friday‘s show at Seattle‘s Neptune Theatre to give away, so that one lucky winner and go and decide for themselves.

2 months ago, the boys visited Seattle to perform a free album release show at Easy Street records in promotion of their latest effort American Goldwing.  Having this release waiting in the “wings” the whole time that they were touring in support of last year’s well-received Destroyer of the Void, Earley references the new album by stating that, during that whole time, they new that this was “the real record“.

Here’s a montage of that last Seattle visit, including stops @ KEXP, SUB POP records headquarter & Easy St.
[“Shot in the 60s with commentary from the 20’s “]

This Friday November 11th, Blitzen Trapper returns to the hometown of their label (Sub Pop), to perform at the Landmark cinema-turned-venue, The Neptune Theatre.  This show’s worth going to just to see the remarkable job that they’ve done with renovating the space alone (new stained glass, etc.).  Co-headlining the tour will be Los Angeles rock band DAWES, with opener, The Belle Brigade.


This show’s coming up fast and we don’t have a lot of time to fuck around, so we’re gonna try and do this contest simple as all get out.  We usually try to set up something real clever-like, but this time we’re structuring the giveaway around the fact that this performance will fall on the date of 11/11/11.  Basically, you’re gonna have to make a wish and rely on luck.

To enter, simply CLICK HERE and post a comment in the section under the Blitzen Trapper  image in the link.

Winner will be chosen by a number generator.

Make sure to include the name that you’d like the tickets placed under.

We do shit like this a lot, so make sure to “like” our facebook page, as well.



Please, only one entry per name/person.

Contest ends at 10:59pm on Thurs, Nov. 10th.
[this should provide us enough time to contact the winner by midnight]

Please do not enter unless you are positive that you’ll be able to attend.

If winner cannot be contacted in a reasonable amount of time, a new winner will be chosen.

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE

Dead C

Located in Seattle, Dead C is the founder/editor, as well as the principal writer and photographer, of Monster Fresh. Creating the site in 2007, he did so with a specific dream in mind. Unfortunately, being a muscle relaxer-fueled fever dream, it's hard to recall all of the details. "I remember that my mom was there, but it wasn't actually her in the dream, it was actually 70s heart throb, Jan Michael Vincent. And everything took place here, in this room... but it wasn't actually here... it was different. The colors were washed out and, for some reason, there was a raccoon kicking it with us and it was wearing a holographic monocle."

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