Trampled By Turtles

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Dave Simonett, aka Dead Man Winter, is better known as the front man of Trampled By Turtles. Furnace finds Simonett after the ending of his marriage and a hiatus from TBT. He’s releasing his s

Furnace marks a whole lot of firsts for the accomplished songwriter. It’s his first time putting his long-running, popular string band, Trampled by Turtles, on hiatus to focus all of his efforts on a more personal project. It’s his first time speaking so plainly and literally about something happening in his private life. And it’s his first time dedicating an entire record to a single topic — a topic so significant and intimate that he questioned whether or not he should even release it into the world.

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For the first time, Trampled By Turtles, stepped outside their comfort zone and spent more than a couple of days recording an album. They brought in Alan Sparhawk of Low to handle the knobs and hit the record button. And while I am not a Low fanatic like some, their ability to meticulously craft beauty rubs off on their fellow Duluth band.

Trampled By Turtles hooked me with their frenetic jams; feeling as if they were lifting you to another realm. With Stars and Satellites and even more with Wild Animals, the quintet continues to refine their craftsmanship. Wild Animals is their slowest album to date, haunting in parts; but still leaves you feeling emotionally drained by its end. Lead singer Dave Simonett’s voice effortlessly blends with the strings throughout as opposed to fighting for its own space. That’s not to say that when the boys release the hand-brake with Come Back Home, it isn’t everything you love about this band. It is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.

But while I hope the boys move back towards their up-tempo fare in the future albums, this was the album they needed to make now. And hell, it might even be their best but that’s like asking me to pick my favorite kid. It’s Hank this week, by the way. Simonett had this to say, 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.”

Wild Animals opens up like Stars and Satellites, like an animal just peering out of its cage. While Midnight On The Interstate was achingly beautiful in its sparse nature (I just listened to it as I wrote this and still got goosebumps); the title track is a haunting number where Ryan Young’s fiddle creeps up and down your spine.

Are You Behind The Shining Star? has many of the same qualities that made Alone such a striking track. Nobody Knows has a back-porch sing-along feel to it. You can see that kicking towards the end of a set with some crowd participation. And the album closes with a tender track called Winners, reminding you of Palomino’s ending track – Again.

But as much as myself or anybody else writes about this album, the only way to judge TBT is by their live show. It has blossomed into a fervent, communal affair with fans singing every word.

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We have a whole shitload of news on HearYa favorite, Trampled By Turtles. Their last album, Stars and Satellites, was our favorite album of 2012.

First off, new album. They’re calling it Wild Animals and it will be out on July 15th. Below is the lead track, Are You Behind The Shining Star, and a trailer for the new album. If these were meant to get me fired up for the new album, well mission accomplished my friends to the North.

Second, they are putting on their own festival in Shakopee, MN. The lineup is a HearYa wet dream with TBT, Hurray for The Riff Raff, Charles Bradley, Spirit Family Reunion and Field Report to name a few. Its on 9/20 and I will be campaigning my wife to let me attend under the guise that I am an important media presence. Info is here. Have fun.

Lastly, it appears as if Ryan Young has got a haircut and Erik Berry trimmed his beard. Dave, Dave and Tim still look the same.

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Sorry, we’ve been a little out of the loop this last week or so. School started back up and we’re all trying to find our rhythm again. So we’re going to ease back into things with some of our favorites.

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First up is HearYa session alumni, The Devil Makes Three. Since releasing Do Wrong Right in 2009, they’ve grown giant beards, played at Lolla and other major festivals, released an excellent live album and shaved off said beards.

Finally, four years later we’re getting the follow up with I’m A Stranger Here on October 29th. The album was tracked by Nashville legend Buddy Miller at Dan Auerbach’s place. That’s a lot of pedigree right there and judging by the first track, Stranger, we are in for a real humdinger of an album.

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Trampled By Turtles – Midnight on the Interstate [music video]

May 24, 2013

Speaking of artists we love, Trampled By Turtles has a cool new video for the first track off HearYa’s #1 album of 2012 – Satellites and Stars. This moving multimedia video was conceived and created by students at the Bethany Lutheran College Media Arts department in Mankato, MN. Tweet

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Trampled By Turtles go back to High School

February 5, 2013

We were supposed to have Trampled By Turtles in for another HearYa session a couple of weeks ago. The car gods conspired against us and they weren’t able to attend. Luckily for these kids in Lawrence, KS; that wasn’t an issue on that particular day. I don’t know if these kids know how lucky they […]

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Trampled By Turtles release video for Alone, new album out today

April 10, 2012

CMT premiered the video for Trampled By Turtles’ beautifully crafted track “Alone” off their album Stars and Satellites, released today. Can’t say enough good things about this record. Get More: Alone, Trampled by Turtles, Trampled by Turtles Videos Tweet

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Trampled By Turtles – Stars and Satellites [Album Review]

March 30, 2012

Dave Simonett – vox/guitar, Ryan Young – fiddle, Erik Bery – mandolin, Tim Saxhaug – bass, Dave Carroll – banjo. Looks like I just listed names of band members, but ever since I first saw the band live, all I see when looking at each name is Trampled By Turtles. A band where five band […]

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Trampled By Turtles cover Pixies for better food.

October 11, 2011

Only in the music world can you create a headline like that without blinking. HearYa favs, Trampled By Turtles, are doing their part for Mother Earth by releasing a bluegrassy cover of The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind.” The song is available for free on their site and below or for a buck at online […]

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Dead Man Winter – Bright Lights [Album Review]

August 23, 2011

Dead Man Winter is the country-rock side project of the Minnesota Bluegrass band, Trampled By Turtles. TxT’s Dave Simonett, Ryan Young and Tim Saxhaug are joined by drummer Noah Levy and country blues guitarist Erik Koskinen to escape a world of acoustic bluegrass and enter a realm where electric guitars and amps are front and […]

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