Portland, OR-based Blitzen Trapper accomplished a unique feat for a rock band who has been releasing albums and touring for the better part of two decades: a staged musical titled Wild & Reckless that ran for 28 performances at Portland Center Stage. Now the band is releasing a new album of the same title that was born from the stage production and also serves as a companion to their 2008 breakthrough album Furr. The half musical, half rock-opera dealt with heroin abuse, desperation, true love and western power structures. The story evoked a bygone era of Portland with this sci-fi love story, featuring a rock-and-roll score that paired unreleased songs with favorites from the band's catalog.
The band took seven original songs from the production and developed the theme further into the twelve songs that comprise the Wild & Reckless album. It's both straight-up rock 'n roll and deconstructed weirdness. Riffs, grooves, three-part harmonies and guitar solos. Darkness, a voice and a piano. Songs of dancing with your main squeeze, losing that main squeeze, then living like there's nothing left to lose. Wild & Reckless was produced by Eric Earley and Michael Van Pelt and was recorded by Gregg Williams at The Trench, in Portland, Oregon. It was mixed by James Brown (Foo Fighters, Kings Of Leon, Blitzen Trapper's All Across This Land) at The Union.
Earley also sees the record as a companion and extension of their 2008 album Furr, "Wild and Reckless is something like a cross-eyed stepchild to Furr, in that it chronicles the darker dystopian stories of rural and suburban west coast death-drive via a riffing psychedelic landscape. Ten years after Furr with all its talk of murder and the end of the western world, it seems there's more to tell."