Summer / Fall / Winter 2016
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Royal Trux established themselves during the 90’s as one of the greatest rock groups of all time. Not only did they give us the masterpiece of extraordinary scope Twin Infinitives (one of the albums that required decades to be completely assimilated) but they also reinvented the concept of a rock group, a concept that was born with the Rolling Stones (a group that had inspired the duo but just as importantly provided them with a definitive example on which to expound……nothing less than “The worlds greatest rock and roll band” would serve as their standard). read more…
Royal Trux established themselves during the 90’s as one of the greatest rock groups of all time. Not only did they give us the masterpiece of extraordinary scope Twin Infinitives (one of the albums that required decades to be completely assimilated) but they also reinvented the concept of a rock group, a concept that was born with the Rolling Stones (a group that had inspired the duo but just as importantly provided them with a definitive example on which to expound……nothing less than “The worlds greatest rock and roll band” would serve as their standard).
Jennifer Herrema (vocals,moog,guitar,melodica,sticks and stones,pots and pans) and Neil Hagerty (Guitarist (x of pussy galore) and multi instrumentalist), were both living and raised in the Washington DC area where they met and formed Royal Trux as teenagers coupled up and living in an abandoned warehouse space near the NY Ave. bridge a few miles from union station. The band was named Royal Trux as a testament to their deft omnidirectional abilities and headspace (Jennifer grew up skateboarding and then roller skating after she removed the trux and wheels off her board and onto a pair of skates giving her an unequaled ability to maneuver….it was all about the TRUX) The idea was to play with what little equipment and resources they had and make the most of it by starting musicaly with the simplicity of blues progressions. The blues also happened to fit the bill for a band called “Pussy Galore” that recruited Hagerty to fill the position of guitarist and tutor (teaching them all how to play the Rolling Stones Exile on Main street album) in exchange for money, equipment and a place to stay in New York. The move to NYC’s (Jennifer moved into the YMCA,Neil with PG) fortuitous timing and synching of musical tastes led to the perceived coupling of the 2 bands yet their real similarities were no more than the chord progressions they initially chose and of course the unmistakeable sound of Hagerty’s unparalleled guitar playing. The Trux walked a different walk.. one with a more intellectual and less visceral attitude. The pair played Several shows in NYC, with varying accompaniment played on all sorts of instruments (from organ to saxophone) by a revolving line-up of a long cast of characters and influences which only added to their mission of inclusivity while discarding the standard fixed tradition of a “band” with “members”. Herrema and Hagerty were loners, drug abusers, intellectuals and stand outs amid the many art school “bands” in NYC at the time…..post no-wave and pre-grunge had them holding strong with what inevitably became known as the “lo-fi” genre. They unwittingly gained notoriety for their unconventional ideas,music, live shows and aesthetic, as well as their indifference and debauchery. The pairs first tangible music releases were a song credited to them on Pussy Galores “right now” LP (fix-it) (1987) and Two tracks, Luminous Dolphin and Cut You Loose, (1988) on a ROIR cassette compilation ….but it was the end of 1988 that saw them release their own LP for not much more than $500 with no label or distribution in place it was the music that propelled their trajectory (not money,nepotism, or connections)…and inspired a slew of new beginnings in the music world/landscape. From 1988 -1995 Record labels were born (Drag City, Domino), TV ads were created,filmed and placed on the sci-fi channel as art (TV ads had never been created and placed by an independent band), movies were made (What is Royal Trux?), and distributors changed their scope of representation….. It was with fresh eyes and understanding that the new realm of possibilities was guided by Truxian imagination and far reaching vision.
Royal Trux began calling themselves the “World’s Greatest Royal Trux Boogie Band” in the 90’s (after they had signed to Virgin records) and few argued with them (some simply had no idea what “Boogie Band” meant) — even then. More than 25 years later, the pair’s music continues to sound just as progressive, vital, and confounding. With a number of genre-setting and defying titles under the duos belt — and fronted by a willfully non-archetypal female singer that took on archetypal status as the years went by,the world caught on, and the need for a new breed saw Jennifer fit the bill, hence the commencement of a generation of females looking to her for inspiration if not straight up emulation and commodification — Royal Trux have done more to define the look, attitude and sound of rock & roll than any other band in the genre’s history….. (no surprise given the fact that they created the genre and the history) a genre which is inextricably linked to their “Bitches Brew” approach “everything in the pot whether you like it or not” (from world music, punk rock,new age,jazz,metal,electronic,southern rock, and the rest Royal Trux found a way to include and love) Yes it was and is Royal Trux that changed the way in which we think of music……… bands with the genre melting and melding inclusivity abound these days (the album “Thank You” was recorded years in advance of the aptly due (to them) sentiment) and the Truxian language has been appropriated, absconded and recited uncredited for years . That type of organic perpetuation only happens with original thought worthy of it’s own definition and Royal Trux are worthy inventors, creators, dedicated lifers, and odds are.. weather you know it or not if you find yourself reading this you’ve been touched by royal trux.