Concert review: Trampled by Turtles at The Cedar – Minneapolis, MN – July 10, 2014

Published by Joe Stadele | 7/14/2014

Trampled By Turtles Cedar ©JSP (17)In advance of a massive world tour, Trampled By Turtles’ friends, family and 350 lucky fans packed the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis to witness the Duluth boys perform their new 11-track album, Wild Animals front-to-back.  The show was a thank you, of sorts, to all of those who have helped the band over the course of 11 years and 8 albums. “It’s great, in 2014, to still walk into a record store like that”, thanked lead man Dave Simonett, referring to the Electric Fetus whom helped spearhead the ticket giveaway (for the first 350 fans who purchase physical copies of Wild Animals).  For the not-so-lucky, 89.3 The Current was there with Bill DeVille to broadcast the 50-minute performance (listen here) in full over Minnesota airwaves.

While the title Wild Animals may suggest a more fierce, perhaps uptempo album, the new songs take on more domesticated liking to, perhaps, Bambi and Thumper, than bears and wolves.  Though the show was met with a few faster moments (“Come Back Home”), the men focused on rich harmonies, a textured sound (courtesy of special guests Eamonn McLain on cello and JT Bates on tambourine) and the down tempo precision explored on “Alone” and “Beautiful” off 2012’s Stars And Satellites. Just as quickly as the show began, the show concluded with broadcast precision with balloons bouncing across the Cedar audience; marking the end of the album.  Though fans were hoping for a rocker to cap off the night, the came back with the rare turn of bassist Tim Saxhaug on vocals for a  cover of Loudon Wainwright III’s “Swimming Song.”

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 marks the release of Wild Animals and a performance on the
Late Show with David Letterman.  Trampled By Turtles will be on the road playing theaters and festivals….and hosting their very own Festival Palomino, September 20th, 2014 in Shakopee, MN (featuring The Head And The Heart, Low, Charles Bradley and more).   Click here for upcoming tour dates.


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