Concert preview: Even a decade on Blitzen Trapper refuses to sit still

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The long-running indie-rock collective celebrated its 10th year as a band in 2013, capping the anniversary with the release of its seventh full-length, the aptly titled VII.

Though older, the musicians sound far from settled on restless songs like “Feel the Chill” and “Neck Tatts, Cadillacs,” a bluegrass/funk mash-up that comes on like the players are auditioning to record a new theme song for the TV series “Justified.”

In a Rolling Stone interview, frontman Eric Early noted the biggest influences on the recording sessions were “Wu-Tang and Waylon Jennings,” and banjo-and-beat heavy cuts like “Earth (Fever Called Love)” certainly conjure images of the Clan’s RZA raised up among the various backwoods characters populating Daniel Woodrell novels (“Winter’s Bone,” “The Death of Sweet Mister,” etc.). Not everything works — the lite funk of “Drive on Up,” for one, never quite gets up to speed — but credit the Blitzen with continually seeking out new sounds rather than rehashing old ones.

The Parkington Sisters also perform.

Photo courtesy of Blitzen Trapper

The Basement

7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3

391 Neil Ave., Arena District