Rugged, weary vocals, slide guitar, banjo, a lonesome harmonica – it’s pretty difficult to think of a song more Americana sounding than Blitzen Trapper’s brand new track ‘Love The Way You Walk Away’. Treading a fine line between corny MOR and authentic countrified AOR, the song evokes the open desert road and stands up straight to salute the Stars And Bars, sipping on straight, harsh whiskey. The track is taken from the band’s impending new album entitled American Goldwing and judging by this first little taster and the album title itself, it’s going to be a sun battered slice of alt.country dripping with cactus sap. The album will be out on September 12th courtesy of Sub Pop Records.
Taking inspiration from freewheeling American heroes of music such as Fleetwood Mac, Eagles and Neil Young (yes, I know Neil is Canadian, but you get the reference point right?), front-man Eric Early says that the album is an attempt to evoke a true American nostalgia:
“American Goldwing is us letting our loves and early influences hang out for all to see. We entered into the sounds we grew up with – the hard guitar rock and country picking of our younger years mixed with glimmers of our usual space-aging technology and pawn shop Casios. Heavy guitar riffs and blasting drum fills live side-by-side with plucking banjos, wailing harmonicas and muddy slide guitars. The earthiness of these songs will make you want to get loaded and get in a fight, or find a girl and fall in love forever, simultaneously.”
Listen to the track underneath: