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Trampled by Turtles

First Fleet Concerts Presents:

Trampled by Turtles

Actual Wolf

Thu, January 17, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Des Moines, IA

$30.00 - $35.00

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This event is all ages

Trampled by Turtles
Trampled by Turtles
Trampled by Turtles are from Duluth, Minnesota, where frontman Dave Simonett initially formed
the group as a side project in 2003. At the time, Simonett had lost most of his music gear, thanks to
a group of enterprising car thieves who'd ransacked his vehicle while he played a show with his
previous band. Left with nothing more than an acoustic guitar, he began piecing together a new
band, this time taking inspiration from bluegrass, folk, and other genres that didn't rely on
amplification. Simonett hadn't played any bluegrass music before, and he filled his lineup with other
newcomers to the genre, including fiddler Ryan Young (who'd previously played drums in a speed
metal act) and bassist Tim Saxhaug. Along with mandolinist Erik Berry and banjo player Dave Carroll,
the group began carving out a fast, frenetic sound that owed as much to rock & roll as bluegrass.
Trampled by Turtles released their first record, Songs from a Ghost Town, in 2004. In a genre
steeped in tradition, the album stood out for its contemporary sound, essentially bridging the gap
between the bandmates' background in rock music and their new acoustic leanings. Blue Sky and
the Devil (2005) and Trouble (2007) explored a similar sound, but it wasn't until 2008 and the band's
fourth release, Duluth, that Trampled by Turtles received recognition by the bluegrass community.
Duluth peaked at number eight on the Billboard bluegrass chart and paved the way for a number of
festival appearances. When Palomino arrived in 2010, it was met with an even greater response,
debuting at the top of the bluegrass chart and remaining in the Top Ten for more than a year. Two
years later, their crossover appeal landed them at number 32 on the Billboard 200 pop charts upon
the release of their sixth album, Stars and Satellites. In addition to major bluegrass and folk
festivals, they began showing up at Coachella, Bumbershoot, and Lollapalooza. The official concert
album, Live at First Avenue, followed in 2013, recorded at Minnesota's most famous venue. A year
later, the band returned with the darker-toned Wild Animals, which bettered its studio predecessor
on the album charts, reaching number 29. Trampled will release their latest album Life Is Good On
The Open Road on May 4th, 2018.

"Supercharged songs with a hooky playfulness and white-knuckle power…" —Esquire
"Lit up and charged…four-part harmonies that are close to being crystalline." —Daytrotter
Actual Wolf
Actual Wolf
There are outlaws, and there are outlaws. Some practice the pose and cultivate the image, though seldom dirty their soft, bourgeois hands with anything actually outside the law. When they do, it is often despicable, irresponsible or just plain mundane. The Actual Wolf (aka Eric Pollard), however, is a real outlaw and has pled guilty to it. Between the bust and before the trial AW recorded a pair of EPs, each showing ‘another side of the Wolf’. It is one of the most obvious statements of existence: everything takes time, and the truly good, well crafted things in life take more than the rest. If the world has had to wait a while for another full-length release from Actual Wolf, it is only due to craft and cure.

Faded Days has been cultivated, cut and cured with the same patience as that of the grower. Written over two years in a spectrum of locations that the artist has called home at one point or another-- Duluth (Minnesota, not Georgia), Brooklyn, Nashville and currently Oakland—The rich oils and aromatics-- resting in darkness and appropriately aged to bring them to a perfect state. the album is subtly informed by that breadth of different atmospheres as much as it is richly colored his array of collaborators (Al Church, Steve Garrington, Jake Hanson and Jeremy Hanson) in a year-long distillation by engineer Brad Bivens in Minneapolis.

After all of that time, Faded Days is ready. Its distinctly emotional alkaloids are blissfully intoxicating, palliative and healing. And now that it is finished, a sort of finely crafted goodbye to the Faded Days of all of those other places and those people and events, it will only be a matter of time before Actual Wolf cultivates and distills the more recent days of his current Oakland existence, though who knows how long this will take: you cannot put a timeline on true craft.
Venue Information:
504 E. Locust St,
Des Moines, IA, 50309