Monday, July 7, 2014

Trampled by Turtles' new album Wild Animals streaming at NPR

“Impressive!”—David Letterman
Wild Animals makes the most of Trampled by Turtles' supple strings and considerable restraint. This is a thoughtful, stately grower of a record, made all the more enticing by the idea that future live shows will harness the energy coiled just beneath its glimmering surface.”—NPR Music
“Trampled by Turtles mixes rhythmic banjos and guitars with lovelorn fiddles, creating a sound that seeps deeply into our pores and permeates our core until
their riffs merge with our pulse.”—Washington Post

Wild Animals, the new album from critically acclaimed Trampled by Turtles, is streaming now at NPR as a “First Listen” ( The record will be released worldwide July 15 on Thirty Tigers and is receiving early critical acclaim—the band will perform on “The Late Show With David Letterman” on release day, the video for “Are You Behind the Shining Star” recently premiered as an NPR Music “First Watch” ( and the video for the album’s title track is also streaming at AV Club ( 
Wild Animals was produced by Alan Sparhawk, the lead singer-songwriter of Low and recorded in the legendary Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, MN (Nirvana, Andrew Bird, The Jayhawks). Of the music Dave Simonett (guitar, vocals) notes, “We all tried to come into this thing extremely open-minded. How can we sound new to ourselves? I feel like the sound has changed and is changing, especially from Palomino to now. A lot of our reputation from even just a couple years ago was that we were this fast band, which we can do, and we do that. But this record focused a little bit more on other aspects of our playing together.” Sparhawk adds of working with the band, “The sound that caught my ear was there from the beginning and stands to this day: I call it the ‘wall of strings.’ Taking instruments we have heard for generations, the Turtles dive in with post-punk energy and selflessness. Everyone has a part in the arrangement that leans on and enhances the others, always serving the song. The message is not about individuals—it’s about what can be done when people get together, apply their heart and soul, and make a little room for each other. Music has always had that potential, but it’s rare when it actually happens.”
Trampled by Turtles will tour the U.S. and Europe this fall including a sold out Red Rock Amphitheater stop and a flurry of festival appearances. Furthermore, the band is excited to reveal their first annual Festival Palomino launching September 20 at Canterbury Park just outside of Minneapolis. The band is curating the entire festival—confirmed performers include The Head and the Heart, Low, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Field Report, Apache Relay and Erik Koskinen. See below for full routing details.
Formed in Duluth, MN in 2003, Trampled by Turtles is Simonett, Tim Saxhaug (bass, vocals), Dave Carroll (banjo, vocals), Erik Berry and Young. 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 and attack make for their unique sound. After spending years refining their live show and building fans via word of mouth, they released their debut 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.
July 11                                                    Mount Solon, VA                             Red Wing Roots Festival
July 12                                                  Sterling Heights, MI                                      MO POP Festival
July 13                                                      Greenfield, MA                                      Green River Festival
July 17                                                       Rochester, NY                                             Party in the Park
July 19                                                  Black Mountain, NC                         Pisgah Brewing Company
July 20                                                       Louisville, KY                                                       Forecastle
July 24-27                                                   Calgary, AB                            Calgary Folk Music Festival
July 25                                                       Edmonton, AB                                           Interstellar Rodeo
July 27                                                         Newport, RI                                      Newport Folk Festival
August 7                                                      Haldern, DE                                        Haldern Pop Festival
August 8                                       Rothenburg ob der Tauber, DE                            Taubertal Open Air
August 9                                                    Eschwege, DE                                         Open Flair Festival
August 16                                                   Morrison, CO                                Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 19                                                   Park City, UT                                          Deer Valley Resort
September 4                                                 Chicago, IL                                                  Riviera Theatre
September 5                                                Madison, WI                            Overture Center for the Arts
September 7                                               Knoxville, TN                                                  Bijou Theatre
September 10                                           Philadelphia, PA                                             Union Transfer
September 11                                               Boston, MA                                                House of Blues
September 12                                             New York, NY                                                      Terminal 5
September 13                                             Columbia, MD                                              Route 29 Revue
September 14                                             Burlington, VT                 Grand Point North Music Festival
September 16                                              Toronto, ON                                                    The Phoenix
September 17                                            Indianapolis, IN         Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
September 18                                            Des Moines, IA                            Simon Estes Amphitheater
September 20                                             Shakopee, MN                                           Festival Palomino
September 27                                           Kansas City, KS                                             Crossroads KC
September 26-28                                       Columbia, MO                     Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
October 18                                                   Seattle, WA                                     Showbox at the Market
October 19                                                  Portland, OR                                             Crystal Ballroom
October 20                                                    Arcata, CA                                                 Humboldt State
October 23                                                  Oakland, CA                                                     Fox Theater
October 24                                               Los Angeles, CA                                        The Fonda Theatre
November 10                                               Munich, DE                                                          Kranhalle
November 11                                                Berlin, DE                                                Bang Bang Club
November 12                                              Hamburg, DE                                                       Prinzenbar
November 13                                                 Köln, DE                                                                 Luxor      
November 15                                                 Paris, FR                                                 La Maroquinerie
November 16                                                Bristol, UK                                                               Thekla
November 17                                            Manchester, UK                                                           Gorilla
November 18                                              Glasgow, UK                                                The Art School
November 19                                           Birmingham, UK                                                 The Institute
November 20                                               London, UK                                                                Scala
November 22                                            Amsterdam, NL                              Tolhuistuin Zaal Paradiso

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