Blitzen Trapper Goes On A Sonic Journey ‘All Across This Land’

first_imgOn their latest album, All Across This Land, Blitzen Trapper has finally achieved a true balance between the abandon of their live shows and the intricacies of their studio work. The band’s main songwriter and creative force, guitarist Eric Earley, set out to unify the more intricate and lilting compositions with the rock-influenced live sound. Much like the later works of Early’s oft cited influences, R.E.M., Blitzen Trapper is finally learning to not just walk the fine line between rock and folk, but to STRUT it.Listen to a playlist of All Across This Land below: The title track, “All Across This Land,” is a pure blast of feel good rock and roll. The song shows a band honoring the roots of classic rock, but with a fresh spirit free of imitation that automatically raises the bar for the songs to come. The follow up track utilizes aggressive air to its advantage, with a clean thin opening that invokes the earnest nature of fledgling garage bands. It’s a bold and daring statement, showing them fuse their sounds with a defter touch than before.A pair of meditations on love and loss, “Mystery And Wonder” and “Love Grow Cold,” illustrate the importance of seamless craft in successful pop songs. Here, singer Eric Earley utilizes his clean, tightly compressed voice to lose most distracting personal inflections. Listeners have a blank slate to project themselves upon, with just the slightest nasal hint of his hero Bob Dylan.“Cadillac Road” and “Let The Cards Fall” demonstrate the benefit of a visionary songwriter at the helm. Stripping down to their barest folksy roots, “Across The River” finds the band telling of a golden hued vision from the banks to the empty imaginary city. In this deserted land, Earley contemplates his and all of our mortality, and finds it worth fighting for.When a band is known just as much for the sheer poetry of its lyrics as it is for the range and diversity of its musical arrangements and performances, expectations among fans can’t help but be high. With All Across This Land, Blitzen Trapper managed to craft a modern rock classic, using a style and world view distinctly their own.Don’t miss Blitzen Trapper on the road this summer, including a show at Garcia’s in Port Chester, NY on June 19th!last_img read more

Outside the court, searching for the hero within

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Now, Tiu is searching for the hero within.“Maybe I can be an inspiration to kids as well, especially to those in the province; maybe I can show them nothing is impossible,” said the 26-year-old volleyball standout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThat’s why almost five years since last playing for La Salle, Tiu continues living the life of a student-athlete, taking up law in Far Eastern U while playing club volleyball for new Premier Volleyball League squad Petro Gazz.It’s a bit hard to imagine the soft-spoken Tiu thundering her arguments in a tense courtroom battle. For one, she tends to deflect attention, content in staying in the outer fringes of the spotlight. During the team unveiling recently, Tiu sloped off to the far edge of a photo shoot, standing almost unnoticed as Petro Gazz team owner Ricky Villavicencio and vice president Retchel Gabales fielded questions from sports journalists. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery She could have made a quick, quiet exit too if not for the fact that last year, she told the Inquirer about her lawyer dreams. It was difficult to believe then that she could keep up with her grueling schedule—law school, volleyball and corporate work.But a year later she is here. Already in her second year in law school and still hammering spikes on the court. Something had to give because her health was getting affected so she quit her corporate job to focus on her two most cherished goals—none of which she is willing to surrender.“You can’t make everybody happy playing volleyball,” said Tiu, who plans to specialize in either family law or human rights. “As a lawyer, if you can share your stories with kids, maybe you can inspire them that it’s not impossible to achieve your dreams.”Tiu said that if she runs into her eight-year-old self today, the young Jeushl Wensh might not even stop to notice her. “She’ll just run off to the streets and play. That’s what I did a lot, play volleyball until it got dark.”ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ LATEST STORIES Someday, though, Tiu said, her eight-year-old self will be proud of who she will become.She’s heard the crowd roar to every score she has powered past the net. Someday, when Tiu finds the hero within her, she’ll revel in the quiet satisfaction of being able to help—and being an inspiration to—other people.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jeushl Wensh Tiu will be one of the vital cogs for Petro Gazz. —MIX GATPANDAN/CONTRIBUTORIn this era of superhero blockbusters, it’s getting harder and harder to draw the line on extraordinary. When she was a child, though, Jeushl Wensh Tiu didn’t need to search far to find heroism. It was all around her at home—in the living room, the kitchen, everywhere. All she had to do was look up. Literally.“I look up to my mom as my hero,” said the 26-year-old Tiu. “My mom is a law graduate and I learned about lawyers in the news, about how they help people. So my mom was a big influence for me. The things she taught me about law and the advice that she kept on giving made me realize I want to help other people as well.”ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo shuts down NU; UST ends skid View commentslast_img read more