Knitting Factory & UMP Presents
Trampled By Turtles
Erik Koskinen, Dead Man Winter
131 S. Higgins
Missoula, MT, 59802
Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:30PM
This event is all ages
Trampled By Turtles
"Supercharged songs with a hooky playfulness and white-knuckle power…" —Esquire
"Lit up and charged…four-part harmonies that are close to being crystalline." —Daytrotter
Acclaimed band Trampled by Turtles continue to receive praise for their new album Stars and Satellites available now on Thirty Tigers/RED. The new album, which debuted #30 on Billboard Top 200, #11 on the Alternative chart, #1 on Bluegrass chart, and #2 on Folk chart, has already been lauded by Relix, CMT.com, and Paste who calls the release "fulfilling…precise and concise." The record follows the band's 2010 release Palomino (Thirty Tigers) that garnered critical acclaim from NPR Music who praised both the band's "impeccable dexterity" and "charm and melody to the songs." To celebrate the new release, the band performed on "The Prairie Home Companion" and recently returned from South by Southwest, where they received a standing ovation after their KUT Live performance. The new music video for the single "Alone" has cross platform premiered on MTVU, CMT, MTV Hive and VH1.com: www.vh1.com/video/trampled-by-turtles/757050/alone.jhtml. In addition, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Duluth Mayor Don Ness declared April 11, 2012 Trampled By Turtles Day in both cities. The band will embark on a North American tour this spring, including special performances at The Sasquatch! Music Festival, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza. Full details on below.
Since forming in Duluth, Minnesota in 2003, Trampled by Turtles always felt they were able to attain an energy on stage that can't be found in the studio. They were so comfortable playing on the road that they treated their previous albums' recording processes like tours. For Stars and Satellites, however, Trampled by Turtles didn't want to simply try to recreate a live show. "We wanted to make a record that breathes," explains Dave Simonett (guitar/vocals), "musically we wanted to step out of our comfort zone." "This record is all about going inward," Erik Berry (mandolin, vocals) adds, "building a focused bond as players and friends, and bringing a different mindset to the sounds Trampled by Turtles can make." With the help of engineer Tom Herbers (Low, Jayhawks) the band moved into "Soleil Pines," a log home outside of Duluth, to record. "You know how sometimes they say 'less is more,'" notes Berry, "that's what Stars and Satellites is about."
Trampled by Turtles is Dave Simonett, Tim Saxhaug (bass, vocals), Dave Carroll (banjo, vocals), Erik Berry and Ryan Young (fiddle). Within the contained music scene of Duluth, the members of the band did their own time in punk and rock bands, brandishing their electricity proudly before switching to acoustic instruments. While they never set out to be a "bluegrass" band, Trampled by Turtles employs many of the same traditional techniques of the genre, but their differences in influences, attitude and attack make for their unique sound.
After spending years refining their live show and building fans via word of mouth, Trampled by Turtles released Palomino to little fanfare out of the gates. The story quickly built and eventually the record spent over a year straight on the Billboard Heatseakers Chart. Along the way their one-of-a-kind live show, along with a video for the song "Wait So Long," built them legions of fans. In 2011 the band sold out nearly every show they headlined and played top national festivals including Coachella, Newport Folk and Telluride Bluegrass
Dead Man Winter
On a bleak, cold, frighteningly typical winter night in 2002, the last band I was in before Trampled by Turtles played our final show in a modified pizza restaurant-turned-venue in Duluth, Minnesota. The show ended, our band ended, glasses clinked cheers. We had plenty of help loading out our gear that night. So much, in fact, that someone walked away with my electric guitar and amp. They walked right passed the car where it was supposed to end up and went off into the frozen night, putting a giant period on the end of a what had been a short, struggling, but very necessary musical time for me. I was now fully unemployed and sleeping indoors only by the good graces of friends willing to share a couch, and the loss of my instruments was more than a little devastating. Of the few possessions I still had, the one that now gained top billing was a cheap acoustic guitar collecting dust in a small room on Duluth's central hillside. A few other musicians in town had similar instruments collecting a similar dust and we started what was our first acoustic band, Trampled by Turtles.
We've been able to stay together ever since and had some good fortune that escapes many more deserving and talented bands. Lately, though, the drums and amps ringing in the back of my head have been getting louder and the desire to play, write, and record in a way removed from what I've been up to has been getting stronger. Dead Man Winter was born out of these things. I'd been renting a studio in Minneapolis, and with the help of some amazing people I set to the task of making a record. My partner in the dirty and thankless work of recording was local engineer, songwriter, producer, guitarslinger, and master of the vibe Erik Koskinen. We spent countless blissful hours exploring guitars, amps, mics, and players in the worn-in beauty and sanctity of Realphonic Studios. Without a doubt, countless more hours could have been spent but you can't begin work on the next record until you put out the current one, so here it is. The musicians that play on this album, Bright Lights, are dear friends – there's not a one of whom would I'd hesitate to trust a song that I hold dear. In the end, the whole experience has reconnected me to that couch-surfing kid in Duluth trying to figure out what to do next in this big, terrifying, wonderful world and now, with a few more years behind me, it's refreshing. [Dave Simonett, 2011]