Minneapolis mayor RT Rybak, and Duluth mayor Don Ness proclaimed that April 11th, 2012 was Trampled by Turtles Day in Minnesota before diving into the crowd. RT Rybak floated around with a big smile, while Mr. Ness’ dive into the crowd wasn’t as smooth, resulting in him hitting the floor. Singer, Dave Simonett announced his appreciation for the honor before he and the rest of Minnesota gems, Trampled by Turtles, got their set moving. The set was heavy on tunes from their brand new album, Stars and Satellites. It was one of the mellowest Trampled shows I have seen, with the new songs taking a softer and slower approach than many of their previous foot stomping sing-alongs.
The boys from Duluth did hit on some of their older fast paced hits including “Codeine”, “Wait So Long” and “Arming of Infants”, which gave nice contrast to the more folkie tunes from the beautiful and mature Stars and Satellites. But overall the show was comfortably mid-paced. As one could expect, the show had long been sold out and the crowd was a nice mix of young and middle aged. For their newest single “Alone”, the band brought out their mothers, wives and girlfriends to create a small backup choir. The lyrics of that song are direct and touching. Having their love ones behind them created a beautiful contradiction
These United States and Minnesota boy, Erik Koskinen and his band opened up the night. All in all, is was another fantastic Trampled by Turtles show. Go and buy their new album Stars and Satellites.
Photos taken for Twin Cities Daily Planet.