Blitzen Trapper is close to finishing up their new album, which is due out in June. Here's the skinny: 12 tracks, no name for the album yet. The 12 were derived from 25 songs, and ultimately decided on by everyone in the band except for frontman Eric Earley.
In an interview with Paste, he said the band is trying some new things on the new album, including a song-within-a-song approach for the album's opening track.
"I think there is a certain bravado or something to it, which I think is missing in a lot of music nowadays. I mean, the first track is like seven minutes long. It’s like three or four different songs melded together into this bizarre, almost concept, thing. It’s definitely different from Furr."
Earley said that the brave new world of music is completely upside down compared to what it was like to make music in the last century.
"I don’t even know what it means to be really big anymore. A band like Wilco can play for 3,000 people, and a band like Snow Patrol will play for 10,000 or 20,000. There are all these different levels now and genres, and everything’s really split up. I don’t even think of myself as being famous. I feel like the scales of judging popularity and fame in entertainment have completely been destroyed."
He also said that he thinks that bands have to work a lot harder now.
"Bands just don’t last anymore. To be successful, you have to work really hard. It seems like bands used to be able to just get by doing as many drugs and drinking as much as they can, and they’d make millions. That doesn’t happen. You’ve got to work hard now."