is currently on tour in support of its 2008 release, Furr
, and apparently not wasting any time on the new-material front. According to a Billboard interview
with Marty Marquis, the band has already finished several songs for its fifth album and it once again collaborated with Furr
Even though they're hoping to complete the album by November, the rockers are taking their time to explore different sounds and move beyond Furr. Among the new tracks is "The Tailor," which Marquis describes as "a really crazy, psychedelic tale along the lines of Furr, but the arrangements are not so folky and simple. The tale
itself and the poetry that expresses it is, I think, the next level
above what we did with Furr."
Another thing on Marquis' mind: a solo album. Looking for different ways to grow its label, Lidkercow Ltd., the Sub Pop recording band is looking into releasing its own solo projects through the label.
"We can't put out Blitzen Trapper albums on our label for a
couple years," he tells Billboard, "so we've been exploring some different
ways to keep the label active and growing. We'll probably put out
solo records by a couple of guys in the band who have their own
project, and there's another artist we're talking to about the
possibility of putting out those records, too."
While they will not be previewing new material during the last leg of their tour, the band will honor fans' requests for songs from their previously self-released albums.
While you wait for the Portland guys to rock your city, check out the title track from Furr:
News: Blitzen Trapper sets U.S. tour dates
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Review: Blitzen Trapper's Furr
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