Members of Minnesota’s Trampled by Turtles will be arriving in style when the band plays the Rialto Theatre Monday.
The indie folk group was rocking a van on its last visit to Tucson.
This time, they have a full-sized tour bus.
“The driver sleeps during the day and drives us around at night while we sleep,” said fiddle player Ryan Young. “It is pretty awesome.”
That should prove as an advantage for the group on its current tour.
Trampled by Turtles performs in Tempe on Friday, then at the Stagecoach country music festival in Indio, Calif., on Saturday. The next stop is Solana Beach on Sunday, before Monday’s Rialto show.
Young spoke to Caliente about their new album, “Wild Animals” and other projects last week.
You’ve played Stagecoach before. You’ve also played its sister festival, Coachella. Are there major differences between the two? “It is a little different, for sure. I enjoy both of them as a performer. I would’t go to either of them as a music lover. I have nothing against those festivals. I am just done with that part of my life. I am getting too old.”
You are putting on your own festival, Festival Palomino, in Minnesota, later this year. What possessed you to create your own? “This is our second attempt. We tried to do a festival years ago called Log Jam in Minnesota. It ended up losing a lot of money. We had a great time putting it together and actually playing it. I think enough time has passed where we know what we did wrong and what we could have done better.”
What was the biggest lesson you learned? “The biggest difference is that the Palomino will have national acts. The first one was all-local bands that we were huge fans of, but that really didn’t draw a lot of people. We learned a lot from our own festival, and from other festivals we’ve played as a band.”
Your new album, “Wild Animals” comes out in July. Was there anything you did differently with this release? “We worked with a producer which is something that we have never done before. Alan Sparhawk is the lead singer of the band Low. We’ve known this guy forever. He is kind of a genius.
“We decided to invite him to the studio and had him give his input on things. We’ve always just done it ourselves. He did a spectacular job and came up with a million good ideas. When I listen to the album, I can hear Alan Sparhawk’s influence.”
Now that you have the bus, will you ever go back to a van? “We still use a van for gigs in Minnesota. But the Southwest is far enough away that we felt a bus was justified. We’ve been in that area of the country in the summertime. Our air conditioning broke down driving through the desert. It was over 100 degrees. If you rolled down your window, it was like being blasted in the face with a hair dryer. We’ve gone through that.”