I was grooving to my newest playlist "Genie on the Beat Skeet Skeet" (the concept of the playlist being unfamiliar songs) and staring at my poster of John Lennon in the NEW YORK CITY muscle tee. Mid staring contest with Lennon's "You're better than that" expression, 'Destroyer of the Void' by Blitzen Trapper came on.
I remember thinking whatever song playing was a Beatle's song that I was unfamiliar with, so I didn't bother getting up to check what it was. Truth be told I wasn't even paying too close attention to the song until roughly 3:45 seconds into it. What seemed to be the end of the song, out of no where, completely blindsided me by a muffled Twilight Zone sounding man from the 50's. Shortly accompanied by some intergalactic-like static sounds that resulted in a complete take over of the tune.
Don't get me wrong I love the Beatles but this was definitely far more worthy of peeling my lazy daisy ass up to check out what in the hell was going on. I was even more thrown that this was not a Beatle's tune, but a Blitzen Trapper tune. I had never heard of Blitzen Trapper and immediately went pink-panther-mode to figure out just exactly what kind of jams they had out there.
Assuming the song was over after the Twilight Zone simmered down, an absolute shred solo came in hot and unexpected. Blitzen Trapper took me from the late 60's, dipping back into to the Twilight Zone, zooming all the way up the twenty first century in a duration of six minutes and seventeen seconds. 'Destroyer of the Void' might very well be the Twilight Zone because I lost about four hours of my day listening and taking notes to this band after they fully grasped my attention.
When it comes to my understanding of an artist, its difficult to make assumptions. There is a lot of open air room to make your own interpretations of specific inspirations and messages behind the music, and/or the album as a whole. I have always tried to veer away from the messages that may or may not be in the lyrics and stick to the instrumental inspirations for the most part. The reason being in many cases I have found that the instrumental creative process comes before the lyrics are created.
After the first two albums: 2003 "Blitzen Trapper" and 2004 "Field Rexx"; I was beyond excitement over this band. The initial sound and style that I was hearing from the 2003 album "Blitzen Trapper" was what seemed to be something similar to a Cage the Elephant-alternative punk rock. Much like their song 'Destroyer of the Void' the void between genres was completely demolished between their 2003 sound and 2004 sound. "Field Rexx" transitions into the groups habit of bending the boundaries of alternative rock.
In terms of "bending the boundaries of alternative rock" I simply mean adding more elements into the music. Lets say the group is a sandwich; the bread being the members of the group, the inside being the elements that make up the band. In 2003, we have pretty general punk-rock alternative sandwich with some faint decorative elements. In 2004, the sandwich is suddenly a folky, classic rock, alternative punk-rock sandwich with some futuristic techno elements sprinkled on top of the foundation- if you can catch my drift on all of this. If you are completely lost the songs 'Cold Gold Diamond' and 'Concrete Heaven' will catch you up to speed (found on 2004 album "Field Rexx").
Blizten Trapper really did a remarkable job at setting the tone of their unique sound in 2004. To be completely honest, the band only develops a cleaner vision of combing all of these elements into different versions of one unique sound. 'Destroyer of the Void' was the best song to introduce Blitzen Trapper to my unfamiliar mind. Blitzen Trapper essentially is the destroyer of the void between past, present, and futuristic styles of music. If you are looking for a nice mind-funk for some creative inspiration and good vibes, I recommend giving Blitzen Trapper a listen.